About Martingale Collars

What is a Martingale Collar?

A martingale collar is a special type of dog collar that helps a dog stay comfortable and happy while being completely secure on their leash.  Martingale collars were originally used for Greyhounds, Whippets, Salukis and other sighthounds, because their heads are normally, the same size as their neck.  Martingale Collars have gained popularity with many breed owners.  Trainers recommend using Martingale Collars over choke or slip collars for obedience and leash training.  When fitted properly, a Martingale Collar will prevent dogs from backing out, or wriggling out, of their collar when on a leash; keeping your dog secure and safe from choking.  


One of the most frequent questions we're asked is "How does a martingale collar work?". 


How a Martingale Collar Works

A Martingale is made with two loops. The large adjustable loop is placed around the dog's neck and adjusted to fit, allowing one or two fingers between the dog's neck and the collar. The leash is then clipped to the D ring on the small loop, also known as the control loop.  While on the leash, if the dog tries to pull their head out of the collar, the tension on the leash pulls the small loop taut.  This tightens the large loop making it tighter on the neck, preventing escape. 

Because Martingale Collars are typically wider than standard collars,  the tension is distributed more evenly around the dog's neck (preventing injury to the trachea). When adjusted properly the dog is never choked, but the collar stays snug around the dog's neck (just behind the ears) until the leash pressure is released.

Reasons to Use a Martingale Collar


  • A Martingale Collar gives a more gentle form of correction than a choke collar, and is recommended by many top trainers for obedience training.
  • Martingale Collars protect your dog's trachea, by translating a tug on the leash to even pressure around the neck instead of direct pressure on the front of the neck.
  • Martingale Collars prevent escape of scared, or excited dogs, by securely tightening the entire collar when the dog pulls in any direction while on the leash.
  • Martingale Collars are fashionable, available in many different materials, to allow you to show off your dog's style!