A collar is a necessity when it comes to bringing home any dog, especially a husky. They are a high energy breed and tend to wander too far by themselves so they should be leashed at all times when outside for their own good.
There are many collar variations on the market though and this can be overwhelming for new dog owners especially with everything else on a new puppy or dog checklist.
We have a martingale collar for our husky Aura and it has worked wonderfully for us. In this Martingale Collar Review we’ll cover what exactly a martingale collar is, its advantages, some disadvantages, how to fit your dog’s new collar, and finally where the best place to buy one is.
What is a Martingale Collar?
They are typically made of a flat strip of nylon or other material with a smaller loop at the end where you can attach a leash. When your dog pulls on the leash pressure is evenly distributed around their neck.
The martingale collar was originally designed for sight hounds like Whippets or Greyhounds because these dogs have a head shape that allows them to easily slip out of a regular collar.
Advantages of a Martingale Collar
One of the biggest advantages of a martingale collar is that they are designed to prevent dogs from backing out and escaping which often happens with a standard collar. Another advantage is that the slight tightening of the collar when the dog pulls too far provides gentle and immediate feedback, helping to curb unwanted behavior.
The martingale collar provides all the benefits of a slip chain (aka choke collar) but is much safer for your husky. Unlike with a choke collar, a properly fitted martingale collar will not harm your dog. This type of collar is especially effective for loose leash training because it tends to help inhibit pulling behavior.
Martingale collars come in varying widths, 3/4″, 1″, or 1.5″, to accommodate small to extra large dogs. Huskies are medium to large size so we got a 1-inch collar for Aura.
Disadvantages of a Martingale Collar
As with most things, if used improperly a martingale collar can have its disadvantages. If the collar is not fit correctly to your dog it can apply too much pressure and choke them. Martingale collars may not be a good choice for smaller breeds. Because of their size smaller dogs are more likely to hurt themselves even with an appropriate fit.
Some experts warn to not leave a martingale collar on your dog for extended periods or to only use it during training. Their rationale is that the smaller loop, especially the metal chain kind, could potentially get caught on something and end up choking your dog. If you fit the martingale collar properly the choking hazard is greatly reduced even if the collar were to catch on something.
We leave Aura’s collar on 24/7 but she usually follows us around the house and isn’t left unsupervised for very long. The particular collar we have for her doesn’t have a quick release buckle so it’s a hassle to be taking it off and putting it back on all the time. If you’re worried about the choking hazard we recommend buying a harness or regular collar and just using the martingale for training.
How to Fit Your Husky’s Martingale Collar
Fitting your dog’s martingale collar is a simple but very important process. You will first slide the collar (if there is no buckle) over your dog’s head and adjust it so that you’re able to fit your hand under the collar.
When the smaller loop is pulled tight you should only be able to fit a finger under the collar. For further reading check out If It Bark’s guide to finding the perfect fit.
Where to Buy a Martingale Collar for your Husky
Amazon provides a large array of different martingale collars at competitive prices. I’ve compiled some of the top sellers below for easy selection.
- If It Barks 1.5″Adjustable Nylon Martingale Collar
- Olivery Heavy Duty Martingale Braded Collar with Leash and Bonus Training ebook
- Mighty Paw Martingale Collar with Chain Cinch
- Angel Pet Supplies Red Leather Martingale Collar
- Frost & Ember Creations 2″ Brown Leather Martingale Collar
Is a Martingale Collar Right For Your Dog?
By now you should have a basic understanding of what a martingale collar is, the pros and cons of this type of collar, how to fit your dog with one, and the best place to buy them at. With this information you should be able to decide whether a martingale collar is right for your dog.
I highly recommend martingale collars because they have worked wonderfully with our husky Aura. She is a slight puller and I call her a bunny because she likes to jump a lot when she gets excited. She has lunged out quite a few times and I was worried she would hurt herself but because the collar is fit properly it’s just a little uncomfortable to her without causing any damage to the throat.
Do you have any experience with martingale collars? If so feel free to share in the comments below! I’d also be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you have.