Additional Information (Martingale Collars)


Why use a martingale collar?

Martingale collars are fitted to the exact size of the dog’s neck when the collar is pulled closed. Properly fitted, the collar will be comfortably loose when not in use. However, when the D ring on the Martingale control loop is pulled, the main loop will tighten, ensuring the safety and control of your dog without causing undue pressure or choking.

There are 4 benefits to using a martingale collar for walking your dog:

  1. When not engaged by a taut lead, fits looser than traditional collars, lessening fur breakage, tangles and skin irritation from too tight collars,
  2. A martingale style collar gives more gentle form of correction than a choke collar, and is recommended by many top trainers for obedience training,
  3. Relieves pressure on your dogs trachea by translating a tug on the lead to even pressure around the neck instead of direct pressure on the front of the neck,
  4. Prevents escape of scared, aggressive, or excited dogs by securely contracting the entire collar when the dog pulls in any direction.

PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that your dog should also wear a standard tag collar around the house and when it is being exercised off the lead. Martingale collars are recommended for lead walking only.

Whilst martingale collars are traditionally used on sighthounds (i.e. whippets and greyhounds etc) due to their small head to neck ratio, they are suitable for use on any breed of dog.


How to measure up for our Martingale Collars

  1. To assess the collar size you will need, take 3 measurements with a flexible measuring tape (please see the diagram below):
    • One measurement from in front of the ears to under the chin (measure the circumference),
    • The second from behind the ears to under the chin (again measure the circumference),?
    • One around the neck where the collar sits (a martingale collar rests in the middle of your dog’s neck between his shoulder and the base of the ear).
  2. Use the largest measurement to determine the collar size suitable for your dog.
  3. Purchase a martingale collar in the size range of your dog’s neck measurements. Please also consider the width of collar that will best suit your dog. Please contact us for a made to measure sizes if required.


Sighthound Martingale Collars – Standard Sizes

Collar Size Length Width Usually Suitable For
Small 10-14″ 1 1/2” Whippet/ Small lurcher
Medium 13-17″ 1 1/2” Medium lurcher/ Saluki/Small Greyhound
Large 16-21″ 1 1/2″ or 2” Average or Large Greyhound/ Large Afghan


Please note that other sizes and widths are available on request.


How to Fit a Martingale Collar

  1. Your martingale collar will have one large loop with buckles that allow you to adjust the size and one smaller loop, known as the control loop, with a D ring for your lead.
  2. Slide the collar over the head behind the ears with the control loop resting against the back of the neck.
  3. Adjust the collar by feeding the slack back through the adjustment slide until it fits snuggly (you should be able to fit just a couple of fingers between the collar and your dog’s neck). This will keep the collar from slipping off the dog’s head but allow your dog plenty of room to move and breathe
  4. Pull up on the control loop and see how tight the collar gets. There should be approximately 2 fingers’ width between the two metal loops. If the ends of the metal loops on either side of the control loop touch, the collar is too loose and need readjusting.
  5. To remove the collar, loosen it slightly so that it slides comfortably over your dog’s head.


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