We all know that dog collars are a necessity, right? As a Professional Dog Walker, I often get asked by clients, what is the best collar for their dog. That is a tricky question but one that I normally answer with “how about a Martingale Collar to start”.
What is the difference between a Martingale Collar and a regular collar? It provides more control over the dog without allowing the dog to back out of it’s collar. Attached is an example of the collar. The Martingale Collar was originally designed for sight hounds because their necks were larger than their heads which enabled them to slip out of their collars.
The Martingale is made with two loops. The larger loop is placed around the dogs neck while the smaller loop is where you would attach the leash. When the dog begins to pull, the tension on the leash begins to pull the small loop taut which in turn makes the larger loop smaller and tighter on the neck, thus preventing the dog from escaping or backing out of the collar.
As a professional pet sitter and dog walker, it is comforting to walk a dog that is wearing one of these collars. I am secure in the knowledge that the dog will not be able to back out of its collar should it become nervous.
Look for more posts on other collars and their uses!