Martingale Collar Review, Choosing The Best Collar for Your Husky

If It Barks Blue Martingale Collar

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?

A martingale collar is a collar that has two loops, one smaller than the other, that tighten around a dog’s neck just enough Martingale Collar Small Chain Loopto be uncomfortable without causing any real damage.

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. Martingale Collar With Buckle and Chain RingBecause 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.

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.






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  1. Ty

    I plan to get a husky sometime next year. I’m glad I came across your website, will definitely be bookmarking. These collars looks pretty durable and tug proof and they help control the dog while on walks. So overall It’s a great collar for any big dog that may have those uncontrollable urges.

    • Jon

      Thanks for the comment Ty and good luck with finding the perfect husky for you next year. I would urge you to look into adopting one from a rescue organization if possible. A simple google search for ‘husky rescue’ in your particular area should set you on the right path. 

      Purchasing one from a breeder can cost thousands of dollars which is way out of my price range personally. Meanwhile there are so many good dogs that are pointlessly put down every year because people are afraid of a little extra work or because they want a puppy. It is true that rescues can sometimes be a little rough around the edges or have unique quirks because of things they’ve been through, but I think this makes adopting them that much more rewarding. We paid $400 for our Husky Aura, a fraction of what a husky normally would cost, and 100% of that adoption fee went right back to helping rescue and home more dogs.

  2. jaylynjj

    First time I seen these collars. They seem to be better than the traditional the one that are all metal. aai personal don’t like these kind of collars. I think that a harness is a better choice for the dog. If there need for a dog to be himed up by a collar on his neck, There’s more training needed for the dog not to behave in that manner. You have to trust your dog. In order to have a great partnership. That’s my own opinion.

    • Jon

      Thanks for the comment and for sharing your thoughts Jaylyn! I think the type of collar someone decides to purchase is a matter of opinion and there are pros and cons to each style. Talk to five different people and you’ll likely get five different answers.

      I’m a fan of the martingale because that’s what has worked well for Aura but my mom is also a big advocate for harnesses and I can definitely see why. In fact all of the dogs we had growing up had harnesses. Regardless of the collar type though I agree with you that more training is always the best solution for a dog that pulls. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts! 

  3. Summer

    These collars are great! We had one for our Lab/Mastiff mix

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