4 Reasons to Use a Martingale Collar for Your Dog


golden retriever with blue martingale collar

Chain Martingale Collar ($14)

Sometimes it’s hard to know what kind of collar would be best for your dog, especially if you’ve recently adopted the dog.

The martingale collar is a good choice for a variety of dogs because it gives you a little more control than a regular collar. Plus, it has some safety benefits. It’s my go-to collar for when I’m fostering a dog.

This post goes over some of the reasons why I like using these special training collars.

What is a martingale collar?

This unique training collar fits loosely on a dog’s neck but tightens when you need it to. It has two loops. The first looks like a traditional nylon collar that is adjustable and hangs around the dog’s neck. The second is for control when the leash is attached. When the dog pulls, the collar tightens and will stay snug around the dog’s neck without choking the dog. When the tension is released, the collar loosens again.

Reasons To Use

1. They make it hard for a dog to slip free.

Some dogs can slip out of their collars more easily 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 this unique variety for safety reasons.

Martingale collars are especially safe for dogs with narrower heads such as whippets, shelties, and greyhounds, as these dogs often have an easier time slipping out of a regular collar.

embroidered martingale nylon collar

Embroidered Martingale Nylon Collar ($34)

2. They are helpful for training.

The martingale collar tightens slightly if the dog pulls on the leash, but it won’t pull so tightly that it risks choking the dog or harming his neck in any way. If you prefer giving 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 to try and twist out of their collars when they see other dogs and distractions. As mentioned above, this training collar is a good tool to prevent your dog from slipping out of his collar.

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, including puppies and senior dogs.

personalized waterproof martingale

Personalized Waterproof Martingale ($39)

4. They’re stylish.

Martingale collars come in all sorts of colors, so you can find the right style for your unique dog. For example, dogIDs carries a chain martingale that is made with heavy-duty nylon material for the first loop and a steel chain for the second loop. If you prefer an option that’s all nylon, check out our embroidered nylon martingale option. We also offer a new waterproof martingale, which works great when training a dog that loves the water.

This collar works great as your dog’s normal, everyday collar. Or, it can be used specifically for training. It just depends on what your needs are.

Do you use a martingale collar for your dog?

What more information about dogIDs’ collars before picking one up for your best friend? Check out these blogs.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this information. It’s really helpful for us. I also have a cute puppy and I love him so much. He is like my baby. I choose good quality and branded Collar for my dog because it’s important for my dog safety. So I searched many of the dog store websites online. Then I got the Posh Puppy Boutique site. They provided good quality accessories for my dog. So I am really thankful to that store.


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