Martingale collars are a popular choice for dog parents, offering a combination of style and functionality. For those new to martingale collars however, achieving the ideal fit not be as straight-forward. Read on to learn how tight a martingale collar should be for your furry friend.


What’s a martingale collar?

Before diving snoot-first into the fit, let's grasp the basics. Martingale collars consist of two loops – a larger loop that goes around the dog's neck and a smaller loop with a D-ring for leash attachment. Unlike traditional dog collars, martingales tighten slightly when tension is applied, preventing your pup from slipping out.


Getting the tightness right

Here are some simple rules to test whether you got the tightness right:

1. Snug, Not Tight

When fitting a martingale collar, aim for a snug fit rather than a tight one. It should rest comfortably on your dog's neck without causing any restrictions.

2. Two-Finger Rule

You should be able to fit two fingers between the collar and your dog's neck. This ensures a proper balance between security and comfort. If it's too loose, there's a risk of slipping out; if it's too tight, it may cause discomfort.


Checking the Fit

Resting Position

Ensure the collar sits high on the neck, just behind the ears, in its resting position. This is the most effective placement for control without compromising comfort.

For a more in-depth understanding, read our Martingale Collar Guide. In conclusion, finding the right tightness ensures a secure and comfortable experience.

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