Advantages of Martingale Collars
1. The martingale makes it hard for a dog to slip free.
Some dogs can slip out of their collars easier than others, depending on their fur texture and the shape of their neck compared to their head. If your dog has ever slipped out of or backed out of his collar, you may want to think about getting a martingale collar for safety reasons.
Martingale collars are especially helpful for training dogs with narrower heads such as whippets, shelties and greyhounds, as these dogs often have an easier time slipping out of a regular collar.
2. Martingale collars are helpful for training.
The martingale collar tightens slightly if the dog pulls on the leash, but not so much where it will choke the dog or harm his neck in any way. If you prefer to give your dog slight tugs on the leash while working on leash manners, the martingale is a nice option.
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.
3. They’re gentler than a choke collar or prong collar.
The martingale collar allows you to give slight corrections if you’d like, but it is much gentler than a choke (or slip) collar or a prong/pinch collar. This makes it a nice option for a variety of dogs, even puppies or senior dogs.
The d-ring that connects to the lead can catch onto something, causing the collar to tighten on the dog's neck when no one is available to release the tension. For this reason, you should remove the collar if you put your dog in a crate. You can keep the collar on when your dog wanders around the house, but you should weigh the risk of choking against the possibility that your dog could accidentally escape from your home without its collar.
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