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Martingale Collars for Shelties
If your dog is one of
the breeds, whose neck is wider than his head.... these collars are for
Much safer than a
A martingale collar is a special type of dog collar that helps a dog stay
comfortable and happy while being completely secure on their leash. One of
the most frequent questions we're asked is "How does a martingale collar
work?". This article demonstrates through explanation and illustration,
How it Works
Reasons to try a Martingale Collar:
lessening fur breakage, tangles, and skin irritation from too tight collars.
A martingale style collar gives a more gentle form of correction than a choke collar,
and is recommended by many top trainers for obedience
A Martingale collar relieves the pressure on your dog's trachea by translating a tug on the leash
to even pressure around the neck instead of direct pressure on the front of the
A Martingale collar prevents escape of scared, aggressive, or excited dogs by securely contracting
the entire collar when the dog pulls in any direction.
Measure your dogs neck by parting the hair, and measuring close to the skin.
The collar needs to lay flat on your dog.
Please also note that your dogs ID tags
should not be installed on the D-ring where you attached the leash
Should I leave a martingale collar on my dog all the time?
All collars can be potentially unsafe . However, you should evaluate whether the risk of choking or
getting a collar caught is greater than the risk that you'll find yourself in without warning where you'll need to be
able to grab a collar that will not slip off.
We do not endorse either policy, but we do stress that a martingale left on all the time MUST
be adjusted so that it cannot choke the dog when the smaller loop is tightened. You might want to
consider removing all collars from your Sheltie if it is going to be crated for any length of time.
What types of dogs are martingale collars good for?
Almost all breeds can benefit from a martingale collar. Martingale collars were originally designed for greyhounds
and whippets- because of their thin face and small ears, standard buckle collars slip off easily. All breeds
with necks larger than their heads (bulldogs, some Labrador Retrievers) should wear a martingale when
on a leash. Dogs of any breed can learn how to slip a collar though, and owners and trainers of every size and
type of dog appreciate the gentle correction of a martingale over more harsh training collars like choke collars and prong collars.
( Some information provided, written and posted with permission by CISR)
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