What’s a Martingale Collar?


Martingale collars look like standard collars until you look at them more closely. A martingale collar consists of two interconnected collars, one connected to the lead and the other wrapped around the dog's neck. If the dog pulls on the lead the one around their neck tightens. The design was originally intended for greyhounds and other dogs with necks wider than their head, but it offers several benefits for all breeds.

Benefits of using a martingale

Choke collars and slip collars can cause harm to a dog, as they keep getting tighter when they pull on it. Martingale collars do not do this. They fit loosely and only tighten when necessary, such as in cases where your dog is trying to back out of their collar. Martingale collars distribute their pressure evenly around the neck rather than concentrating it in specific areas. In addition, they are made from soft fabric as opposed to the metal used for choke collars.

Perfect for training

Whether you are dealing with an older rescue dog or a puppy, martingale collars can help you to teach your dog not to pull on their leash. With a martingale collar, you can safely control your dog until they learn some basic commands. The tightening action will indicate to dogs that they need to pay attention.

Martingale collars provide numerous advantages over standard collars when used on dogs that are prone to pulling. Most importantly, they can help you to keep your dog under control and safe on walks. 

Dogs that are still learning good leash manners are also more likely to pull or try to twist out of their collars when they see other dogs and other distractions. As mentioned above, the martingale collar is a good tool to prevent your dog from slipping out of his collar.


When it comes to martingale collars – the fit is the most important. We do not want your dog to be uncomfortable in a too tight collar, and neither do you. To find the right size for your dog, use a measuring tape and place it around your dog’s neck. For a martingale collar you can place the measuring tape just behind your dog’s ears, it is the same width your martingale collar should have when it is tightened.

To read more about finding the right size for your dog – Check out our size-guide?

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