What’s a Martingale Collar and How Does it Work?

By Alisha Navarro

how does a martingale collar work

What is a Martingale Collar?

A martingale collar is a type of dog collar that gives you more control over your dog and keeps them safely on-leash without choking them. Also called no-slip or limited-slip collars, martingale collars fit loosely on a dog’s neck, but tighten when necessary.

How Does a Martingale Collar Work?

Martingale collars work by getting tighter when your dog pulls on the leash, preventing them from backing or slipping out. They accomplish this thanks to their special two-loop design. The first loop looks like a traditional, adjustable collar. The second is a smaller loop with a D-ring attached (this is what you attach the leash to).

When your dog pulls or tries to slip out of the collar, the martingale loop tightens gently and uniformly all the way around the neck so that their head can’t slip out.  When the tension is released (they stop pulling), the collar loosens to its original shape.

What Types of Dogs Should Wear a Martingale Collar?

Martingale collars were actually designed for greyhounds and other sighthound breeds that have necks wider than their heads. In fact, martingale collars are also commonly called greyhound collars!

Dogs that should wear martingale collars include sighthound breeds like:

  • Afghan Hound
  • Greyhound
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Saluki
  • Scottish Deerhound
  • Silken Windhound
  • Sloughi
  • Whippet

(Find a complete list of sighthound breeds here.)

Martingales are also a great, safe choice for dogs that are escape artists or leash-pullers, as this kind of dog collar gives you more control than a regular one.

What’s a Sighthound and Why Does My Greyhound Need to Wear a Martingale Collar?

A sighthound is a dog breed that hunts primarily by sight and speed rather than by scent. Sighthound breeds typically have lean bodies, long legs, flexible backs, and deep chests (to support the unusually large hearts and lungs they need to power high-speed hunting chases).

With such huge chests, sighthounds’ necks tend to be wider than their head, meaning ordinary collars can slip right off! And thanks to their hunting instincts, sighthounds (including greyhounds) are known to dart off for a quick run and chase after quick-moving objects.

That’s where a martingale collar comes in! It prevents small-headed sighthounds and greyhounds from slipping out of their collars to chase after things that trigger their hunting instincts.

Your greyhound can’t help how their body’s shaped or their hunting instincts, but a martingale collar can help you keep them safe.

Keep Your Dog Safe with a Martingale Collar from 2 Hounds Design

Now that you know why your dog should wear a greyhound collar or martingale collar, check out our dog collar and harness size guide and our high-quality, made-in-the-USA dog leashes and walking accessories to make your next walk safe and fun for everyone.

Comfort, Style & Safety

Since 2003, 2 Hounds Design has been making quality products that dogs love wearing and people love using! We use Lean Manufacturing principles to drive continuous improvement in the areas of quality, comfort, and on time delivery.

Special offers & news!

Sign up to 2 Hounds Design newsletter to receive special offers and news directly in your inbox!