Martingale collars look like standard collars until you look at them more closely. A martingale collar consists of two interconnected collars, one connected to the lead and the other wrapped around the dog's neck. If the dog pulls on the lead, the one around their neck tightens. The design was originally intended for greyhounds and other dogs with necks wider than their head, but it offers several benefits for all breeds.
Excited or fearful dogs in new environments or around other dogs can become rambunctious enough to get out of their collars, which can put them in danger. Martingale collars prevent this whether a dog's head is narrower or wider.
Choke collars and slip collars can cause harm to a dog, as they keep getting tighter when they pull on it. Martingale collars do not do this. They fit loosely and only tighten when necessary, such as in cases where your dog is trying to back out of their collar. Martingale collars distribute their pressure evenly around the neck rather than concentrating it in specific areas. In addition, they are made from soft fabric as opposed to the metal used for choke collars.
Whether you are dealing with an older rescue or a puppy, martingale collars can help you to teach your dog not to pull on their leash. With a martingale collar, you can safely control your dog until they learn some basic commands. The tightening action will indicate to dogs that they need to pay attention.
Martingale collars provide numerous advantages over standard collars when used on dogs that are prone to pulling. Most importantly, they can help you to keep your dog under control and safe on walks.