- Helpful type of collar for dogs with more petite heads that are almost the same circumference as their necks.
- Borzoi, Greyhounds, Whippets, French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs are great candidates for a martingale.
- They are adjustable and will not slip over the dog’s head or ears if the dog blocks, pulls ahead or tries to otherwise back out of a collar.
- They are great to use with rescue dogs, puppies and dogs who are new to an owner or situation, since it is nearly impossible to slip out of one.
- To properly fit a martingale, make sure that when you pull gently on the ring, there is no space underneath the collar between the collar and the dog’s neck.
- The martingale should never be loose because there is an extra piece of fabric or material that wraps through and between the two ends of the larger portion of the collar.
- A great choice for safety and usability for the average dog who is not a major puller on the leash.
Buckle Leather Collars
- A leather collar that is single layer with a flattened profile is the safest.
- The collar should not be tight but should lay flat against the dog’s neck, which gives it less of a chance of catching on anything.
- Select a good quality collar that can withstand rain, dunks in the pool, mud, and dirt.
- The basic concept behind prong collars is that the leader of the dog’s “pack” would correct it by biting that other dog’s neck, similarly to how a momma dog might correct her puppies.
- Prong collars can be used successfully when used properly, but unfortunately, much like a gun in the hands of a toddler, it is all too easy and common for misuse to border on abuse.
- Choker chains are not in and of themselves horrible, but again, these and most other types of collars that can tighten excessively, should be avoided when using a retractable lead.
- The key to effectively and humanely using a choker is that they must be up very close to the dog’s jaw line right behind his ears to work.
- If you have a dog who pulls and the collar is down almost near his shoulder blades, he will still pull but he can also hurt himself and damage his trachea.
- A nylon or fabric slip lead placed properly high on the dog’s neck as pictured above will offer the same control minus the potential of harming your dog.
- These thick and rather “tough guy” collars do promote an image, however, remember that your dog will not be able to comfortably rest its head on its paws since the spikes may dig into the dog’s skin.
- Harnesses can come loose when a dog slips backward out of them so be sure that they are fitted properly and check them periodically.
- Different harnesses fit and are crafted of different materials which can sometimes stretch or loosen.
- Harnesses can hinder the natural movement of a dog and cause arthritic changes over time.
- They wrap around the shoulders and if they too tight, they can actually alter the dog’s natural movement placing. undue stress on the dog’s joints. Even a properly fitted harness can, over time, cause issues.
- If your harness is enabling your dog to pull forward, you also have the additional issue of potential damage to the inside of the dog’s hip joints. As the dog is pulling, he is leaning forward which causes compression on the inside of the hip joints towards the front. Over time, this can cause damage which may require surgery and can limit your older pet’s ability to remain active and pain free.
Make sure to have identification and rabies tags on the collar with a picture of that tag on your cell phone so you have proof of ownership as well
Be wary of leashes and restraining devices that are behind the rib cage as they can cause injury to the dog if it pulls
Never leave your pet in a crate or in a location where he can catch his collar on anything, which can cause strangulation or injury
If you do crate your dog, please remove the collar and any other attachments that may become caught. A post-it note or little sign on the front of the crate can help you remember