Martingale dog collars are also known as greyhound, whippet or humane choke collars. The martingale dog collar was designed for sighthounds because their necks are larger than their heads and they can often slip out of buckle collars. These collars have gained popularity among owners of other breeds in the recent past with many trainers now recommending them instead of choke chains or buckle collars. Other common breeds for whom these collars are popular are Pit Bulls, English Bull Dogs, Boston Terriers, Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers, Afghan Hound and Basenji.
A martingale collar is made with two loops. The larger loop is slipped onto the dog's neck and a lead is then clipped to the smaller loop. When the dog tries to pull, the tension on the lead pulls the small loop taut, which makes the large loop smaller and tighter on the neck, thus preventing escape. Properly fitted, the collar will be comfortably loose whenever the dog is not pulling against the leash.
Why Should You Use a Martingale Collar?
A martingale collar has the following uses:
Difficult for the Dog to Slip Free
Depending on the texture of their fur as well as the shape and size of their heads, some dogs can easily slip out of collars. A martingale collar effectively stops this by tightening around the dog’s throat.
Dogs with narrower heads such as Whippets, Shelties and Greyhounds would benefit a lot from these collars.
Helpful Aid for Training
When the martingale collar tightens around the neck of the dog, it might force him to stop pulling and tugging and that’s when it becomes loose again. So, the dogs associate the uncomfortable tight feeling with pulling and tugging.
In the same way a dog gets positive reinforcement with treats and dog food, they get the mild punishment for negative behavior with a collar.
Dogs who have trouble following leash manners will likely benefit from these collars. The best part is that these are humane as they do not fully choke the dog.
Gentler Than Other Options
Another reason to choose the martingale is that the other options in the market are too inhumane. A choke chain collar may choke and hurt your dog. Also, this is perfect for cases where you only want slight control.