We often see Greyhounds and other sighthound breeds with improperly fitted Martingale Collars. Martingale collars can be a great piece of safety or training equipment, but only if used properly. We wanted to create this page to help new adopters learn how to properly fit a Martingale Collar. The same system aplies to Buckle Martingale collars.
First, look at your collar. There are 2 loops, the smaller loop is called the Control Loop, it is where the D-ring is located. The second loop is the adjustable part of the collar, this is what allows you to tighten or loosen the collar to make it fit your hound correctly.
Slip your Martingale Collar over the dog's head. If you have a non-sighthound breed, you will have to adjust the collar larger than its final size to get it over the head. If you have a buckle martingale collar, you can simply put the collar around the neck and connect the side release buckle.
Pull the collar up right behind the ears of the dog. This is the point you want to adjust the collar to because this is the point right before the collar slips over the head. When you pull up on the D-ring, the control loop should close. The 2 pieces on each side of the Control Loop should be a minimum of 2 inches apart. These 2 pieces of hardware should NEVER touch. If they touch, your collar is too loose. You should be able to get 2 fingers between the 2 pieces of hardware on the control loop (image coming soon!).
Properly fitted on a sighthound, the Martingale should sit around the middle of the neck when the control loop is not tightened by pulling. This is comfortable for the hound. To remove the collar, you may have to use both hands and tuck the ears. This is perfectly fine and isn't uncomfortable for the hound. If you have a hound that doesn't like his ears touched, you may consider either a Buckle Martingale or you may need to loosen the collar before taking it off.