The Benefits of the Martingale Collar

The Martingale collar is nothing new for sight dogs like the greyhound and whippet. Their thin, long necks and thin heads cause regular snap collars to slip right over the ears and off the head. This is where the Martingale collar comes in. It is the perfect collar for sight dogs.

Advantages of the Martingale Collar:

  • The loop design of the dog collar prevents it from slipping off the dog’s head.
  • The collar is much safer, preventing the dog from escaping and endangering himself.
  • The collar is dog friendly and more humane. When the collar is connected to a leash, it closes around the actual diameter of the dog’s neck. In this way, the closing of the collar does not restrict the dog’s throat like a traditional choke chain, or pinch collar.
  • The Martingale collar is perfect for any sighthounds and many sporting and working breeds like: Vizlas, Borzoi, Collies, Australian Shepherds, Greyhounds, Whippets, Boxers, and Pharaoh hounds, to name a few.
  • Most dogs respond to the Martingale better than with a choke collar. It never produces a choke hold on the dog, but gently tightens to fit the dog’s neck. There is no pain or constriction of any kind to the dog if fitted properly.
  • The collar remains in position on the dog’s neck much better than a traditional flat collar. Because of this position, most dogs will not pull and tug in front of the owner. It is a much better collar for loose leash walking and training.
  • A struggling dog cannot back out of this collar. If the dog is frightened by traffic or loud noises, trying to rear away from the frightening source, he cannot pull out of the Martingale.

All of these facts are a good reason to try the Martingale collar with your dog. The collar is very effective when fitted according to manufacturer’s specifications. The basic fitting method is to tighten correctly. When the smaller loop is pulled, the two outer parts of the collar should join in the middle, fitting comfortably on the dog’s neck.

The Martingale collars are available in a variety of sizes, colors, patterns, and materials. They are sometimes hard to find in pet stores because most people buy traditional flat collars or chains. You could request your local pet store to order one, but it is probably easier to order one online. Most sites will tell you how to measure your dog’s neck and each Martingale is adjustable to fit a variety of sizes.

Dog Collars – What you Need to Know

What Dog Collar Do I Need?

Dog collars come in a variety of materials, colors, styles and even functions. There’s the obedience or choke collar, bark control collars, flea collars, and a whole array of just good old plain pooch collars. So which one do you choose? If you are taking your pooch to a special event or to a special gathering and you want them to look really good try getting a fancy dog collar and leash. For small dogs a simple flat collar will suffice. For larger dogs you might try a prong collar a wide leather band.

The dog collar market is swamped with conventional as well as more unusual types of dog collars. These serve a variety of functions and needs. As a pet lover and canine owner, you should know that different kinds of dogs need different types of collars.

What Type Of Dog Collar Are There?

Buckle Collars are pretty much just what they sound like, collars that are fastened with a buckle. They are typically made of leather or nylon and they are either flat or rolled. Buckle collars are usually adjustable and do not tighten on your pet’s neck once fastened. Using a rolled leather collar avoids the chafing or hair breaking that can occur using flat collars.

Quick Release collars are fundamentally flat nylon buckle collars with a plastic closure. This clip is similar to some luggage strap fasteners and makes getting the collar on and off a little easier.

Choke chains are metal chain links of various sizes with a ring on each. These collars should only be used while actively training or exercising your canine. This type of collar is usually sold by length, so ask for assistance when buying a slip collar.

Head collars go over your pets head but they are not a muzzle. While wearing a head collar, your a hound can still pant, bark, drink and eat, even bite! They should only be used for training.

If you have a very tight lead on a dog, the strap around the muzzle will push into its eyes, and that is as bad as a Halti which pushes into the eyes anyway. While some trainers will use flat buckle type collars, especially on puppies, these collars do not always provide the most useful control for more unruly dogs. For a very aggressive dog, the pinch collar can actually make the animal worse.

What Do I Need To Know About Dog Collars?

You need to ensure that your best friends collar fits well. Badly fitted collars and their incorrect usage may be harmful to your pet and in the worst case it can prove to be fatal. A properly fitted collar has at least a two finger width space between the collar and the neck of the dog but it should not slip over his ears.

If you don’t like the sound of clinking dog tags or if you worry that the metal tags will discolor your pet’s fur, then you can use a special tag pouch, available at most pet stores.

For hunting dogs certain pet tracking systems allow the dog handler or owner to determine what your dog is doing by using certain behavior systems that form part of the collar. You will be able to tell if a pet has stopped, is still moving, if a hound is barking, or if he has treed an animal. Pet tracking collars are used when you are out hunting with your dog. They can be used by houndsmen, upland bird hunters, beaglers, coon hunters, field trial (bird dogs) and hog hunting.

Finally pick a dog collar that suits your dogs personality and size. A giant black leather collar with studs may not suit a toy poodle, or a pink ribbon style collar a British Bulldog. After all it is part of your pet’s image so pick the correct one!

Beware! Don’t Pick The Wrong Dog Collar

What King Of Dog Collar Should I Use?

The dog collar market is swamped with conventional as well as more unusual types of dog collars. These serve a variety of functions and needs. As a pet lover and pooch owner, you should learn that different kinds of dogs need different types of dog collars.

If you are taking your pet to a special event or to a special gathering and you want them to look really good try getting a fancy pooch collar and leash. For small dogs a simple flat collar will suffice. For larger dogs you might try a prong collar a wide leather band.

In any event, you need to look at your dog’s behavior before deciding which style of dog collar to buy.

What Type Of Dog Collars Are Out There?

Buckle Collars are pretty much just what they sound like, collars that are fastened with a buckle. They are typically made of leather or nylon and they are either flat or rolled.
Buckle collars are usually adjustable and do not tighten on your dog’s neck once fastened. Using a rolled leather collar avoids the chafing or hair breaking that can occur using flat collars.

There is even a fancy collar that could be useful for an older pooch. Have you seen those spiked collars that make a dog look like a punk rock star? If you get your older canine one of these it won’t harm him. In fact, it can serve as your dog’s protection from bigger and more aggressive dogs. Or from the overly boisterous younger dog.

A break away collar is special quick-release collar that will unclip if a strong tug is made on the collar. This is a safety feature so that your pet does not choke if the collar gets caught up on something. The collar will not unclip when it’s attached to the leash.

The hottest thing for your well-mannered hound, head collars are not to be mixed up with muzzles. And though it’s uncommon, some dogs have even had their snouts injured by a halter that dug too deeply into their skin.

Proponents of the head halter describe it as “scientific,” in that it supposedly mimics the way a higher-ranking wolf shows dominance by grabbing a lower-ranking pack member around the snout with his jaws.

Opponents cite new research on wild wolves, which indicates that there is no hierarchical structure in a wild wolf pack, meaning that there are no ranks among pack members. This research also shows that dominance displays are uncommon, and that no wild wolf has ever been observed displaying snout-grabbing behavior as a means of discipline, let alone teaching the other wolf to walk on a leash.

Other Training Collars

If barking is an issue perhaps a bark control collar will do the trick. Bark control collars use two types of bark detection, either sound, or vibrations from the canine’s throat.

Neither type is totally infallible; the vibration style pet collar can be set off by motion and the sound style by external sounds. However both have proved to be effective in helping control your dogs barking humanely.

The ideal, (and of course most expensive), collars employ both methods at the same time to reduce the false positive readings and help bring your pet’s barking under control.

Properly used, the slip collar is quickly popped and released as a firm reminder to the hound to pay attention; it is not pulled tight and held. It is a common misconception that these collars work because of the choke action. When in fact they operate mostly by sound. When a trainer gives a command to stop, it is quickly followed by a tug of the lead. This tug action brings the chain links through the main ring sounding like a loud zipper. This is why it is so important to keep the lead loose while exercising!

If the lead is not loose the collar will be closed and not be able to make a sound resulting in nothing more than a tugging struggling pooch and frustrated walker.

Dog Collar Essentials

One of the essentials of a canine collar is to make sure that it’s personalized and has your dog’s name and your contact details on it. This will make it easy for someone to get in touch with you if your best friend gets lost or strays.

It can also help keep your dog calm in a distressing situation. Your dog is lost and while he may be amongst strangers, they will learn his name from his collar and he’ll feel less threatened if called by name.

You need to ensure that your dog collar fits well. Badly fitted collars and their incorrect usage may be harmful to your pet and in the worst case it can prove to be fatal.

A properly fitted collar has at least a two finger width space between the collar and the neck of the hound but it should not slip over his ears.