|Barked: Wed Oct 17, '07 11:27pm PST |
|We Italian Greyhounds know a lot about martingale collars. They are the only collar for us. We have heads that are smaller than our necks (all sighthounds do) so buckle collars slip right over our heads, no matter how tight they are. A properly fitted martingale can slip snuggly over a head to be put on and then still be the proper length to tighten around the neck so that it can't slip off. Martingales are particularly nice if you have a dog that likes to try to back out of his collar. The martingale won't allow this, if properly fitted. To be properly fitted, the two metal rings that hold the small loop of material to the larger loop should never be able to meet when the leash is pulled tight. If the rings can meet, then the collar is too big and the dog will be able to slip out of it. Premier makes nice sturdy martingales, as does Lupine (which has a lifetime guarantee, even if chewed!). There are also some great online vendors of lovely martingales: K-9 closet is a great store that makes beautiful. You might also look up sighthound collar online.
PS if you want to stay with a buckle collar, you may try one with an actual metal buckle. Get a nice sturdy one (maybe one made of leather with brass fittings) and that shouldn't break like the plastic one. I too am wary of anything plastic on my dog.
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