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Martingale Collars

The limited-cinch martingale collars function is popular among dogs who have a knack for backing out of traditional collars.

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Web Reaction™ Martingale Dog Collar With Buckle colors

Web Reaction™ Martingale Dog Collar With Buckle

webbing martingale with buckle

4.7
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Sale price $19.95 USD
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Chain Reaction™ Martingale Dog Collar colors

Chain Reaction™ Martingale Dog Collar

limited cinch martingale

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
113 Reviews
Sale price $24.95 USD
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Chain Reaction™ Martingale Dog Collar colors

Chain Reaction™ Martingale Dog Collar

limited cinch martingale

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
113 Reviews
Original price $24.95 USD Sale price $18.71 USD
Discontinued Design
Granite Gray (035) Granite Gray (035) Blue Dusk (407) Sunset (913) Seafoam (937) Granite Gray (035) Blue Dusk (407) Sunset (913) Seafoam (937) Granite Gray (035) Blue Dusk (407) Sunset (913) Seafoam (937) Granite Gray (035) Blue Dusk (407) Sunset (913) Seafoam (937) Granite Gray (035) Blue Dusk (407) Sunset (913) Seafoam (937)
Web Reaction™ Martingale Dog Collar With Buckle colors

Web Reaction™ Martingale Dog Collar With Buckle

webbing martingale with buckle

4.7
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
174 Reviews
Original price $19.95 USD Sale price $14.96 USD

It’s an unsettling moment when you’re left holding a leash attached to a collar and no dog.It might be a dog putting on the brakes and pulling in the opposite direction, a dog that has mastered the art of backing out, or even a dog with a build that makes it easy for collars to slip off (think smaller heads than necks like sighthounds and greyhounds). Harnesses are one path to take for those dogs who seem to magically escape their collars (or “houdini” dogs). However, martingales can be a great alternative for people wanting to stick with a collar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Martingale collars look similar to a traditional flat collar, but a short section of the collar is actually a smaller loop of either webbing or a chain with a leash attachment point. When clipped into a leash, it uses a limited amount of cinching to keep a dog from backing out of their collar. You’ll sometimes hear them called no-slip collars, limited-slip collars, and even greyhound collars. “Greyhound collars” comes from the early inspiration for the design. Dogs whose heads are more narrow than their necks – like greyhounds and whippets – have a harder time slipping out of a martingale collar than they would a traditional flat collar. They've grown in popularity among more than just slim-headed dog breeds. Any dog who has a knack for backing out of a regular collar can benefit from a martingale.

When a dog either stops, backs up, or tries to slip its head out of the collar by putting tension on the leash, the collar cinches a limited amount, preventing the dog from slipping out when fit properly.

Martingales are a safer alternative to a choke collar. The tightening action makes it easy to confuse martingale collars with choke collars, which tighten an infinite amount. By design, martingale collars only tighten a small amount and then stop (see image below). That built-in limit works in tandem with a proper fit to tighten just enough to keep your dog from slipping their collar while minimizing the potential for harm from the collar tightening or squeezing.

A martingale should be adjusted to fit so that when the collar’s cinch is fully tightened, the collar fits snug around your dog’s neck. That way, it's loose when there's no tension on the leash or collar, but then tightens just enough to prevent your dog from backing out of their collar when they pull on the leash.

If your dog slips out of or backs out of their collar, you may consider getting a martingale collar. Sometimes, being on a leash is a matter of safety for your dog (on a busy trail, near a busy road), so slipping out of a collar could be problematic. Martingales are a great option for keeping you and your pup connected when on-leash.