A martingale collar, sometimes also known as a half check collar, is a type of dog collar that can offer a higher level of control when walking your dog and are more human than a choke collar or slip collar. Originally designed for use with sighthounds with long necks who can back out of regular buckle collars, the martingale dog collar will gradually tighten around the neck when your dog pulls on the lead, so that the collar will not slip over the head.
Here at Petiquette Collars, our half check dog collars are made using a length of finest Italian soft leather with a steel loop on either end. A separate loop of leather, or a chain if preferred is then passed through the two steel loops. The lead is attached to this loop when walking.
When the collar is pulled closed by the dog, the two loops of the martingale collar should not be touching, but the collar will be approximately the size of your dog's neck so that it will be comfortable. When the dog stops pulling, then the collar will become comfortably loose around the neck.
We offer a range of martingale collars for greyhounds, whippets, Italian Greyhounds, or any non sighthound breed, but when choosing the width of the half check collar you should consider the breed of dog.
For example, we would recommend a 2" wide martingale for greyhound collars and lurchers, whereas the tiny Italian greyhound would only require between a 1.25" and 1.5" wide collar.
We have a huge number of flat collars and sighthound collar designs which feature dazzling Swarovski crystals. If you would like one of these original bling collar designs to be made as a half check or martingale collar, then please get in touch and we'll be happy to accommodate your requests.
Will a Martingale collar stop my dog pulling?
In the past people would use a choke collar to "check" the dog if it started to pull. The collar would be used to cause discomfort which was believed to teach the dog to stop pulling on the lead. In fact, it causes a fear-based response, and doesn’t help the dog in the slightest. It causes them pain and long-term damage.
To avoid this, it is vital that when the collar is pulled tight around the dog's neck, the two loops on either end of the chain are almost touching. This ensures that the collar cannot be used to choke the dog, and the collar will be comfortably loose if the dog is not pulling.
If your dog does pull and you are unsure how to remedy it, we would advise seeking the advice of a professional trainer, who will teach you better ways to reward and train your dog.