Martingale Collars – What are they & why use them?
People often see Greyhounds and Whippets (Sight hounds or racing dogs) with different dog collars that look like a choke collar but don’t have any prongs. These collars are called Martingale collars which are also known as Greyhound collars or Humane Choke dog collars in canada.
These collars are use specifically for Sight hounds (ie Greyhounds, Whippets, Italian Greyhounds, Borzoi, Saluki, etc) because their necks are larger than their head and they can slip out of traditional side release collars. Martingale collars provide more control over the animal without the choking effect of a slip. When used properly, they virtually eliminate the ability for dogs to accidentally slip their collar.
Martingale collars are made using 2 strips of webbing sewn into a loop. The smaller of the 2 loops features a d-ring which attaches to your dog’s leash and tightens when pulled. The second loop is worn around the neck and adjusts to fit the neck
Martingale dog collars provide the convenience of adjustable sizing with the safety of a limited range of choke collar action collar size adjusts as pressure is applied to the leash. Martingale collars will gently tighten—just a bit—if your pet pulls on a leash or attempts to back out of the collar. Then when the dog stops pulling, the collar relaxes back to a comfortable state.
I went look to find out a little background on the actual inventor of the Martingale collar for this article. However upon digging and surfing the internet I was unable to find any actual information on the actual inventor of this popular collar!