DOG GUIDETraining & Behavior

Dog Keeps Slipping Out Of Collar: What To Do?

It’s a scary feeling to have a dog on a leash one moment, and the next, to have a dog lose with no tags as an empty leash and a collar dangle in your hands. Some very smart, afraid, or violent dogs have a habit of taking off their necklaces so they can escape. Most dogs who are able to take off their necklaces are narrow-headed breeds, but if the necklace is loose enough, any breed will learn this “trick” of liberation. If you have a dog that always wants to run away from her leash, you have a few choices. Does your dog keeps slipping out of collar? Let’s find out what you can do! 

Options To Keep Collar-slipping Dog Leashed

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The simplest way to hold the “slippery” dog leached safely is a martingale leash. The martingale collar tightens in the circumference. It is seating just behind the ears as the dog pulls backward, making it difficult for the dog to break out of the collar. When we deal with a rescue dog who likes to slip our necklace, we hold it in a martingale-style collar all the time. Not unless it’s played with other dogs indoors or crated (two instances when a martingale collar isn’t left on). Some people don’t recommend having a martingale collar on 24/7 because a dog can potentially catch a paw. If it’s properly adjusted (so that when the leash is taut, the collar is snug but not choking), it’s not an issue.

A. Dog Keeps Slipping Out Of Collar: Redirect

Reactive dogs (aggressive, terrified, or just clever) can do better on a leash if you try to think a step ahead. See a dog coming to make your clever dog want to slip his necklace and play? A noisy truck that could make your shy dog want to bolt? Respond before the dog does this by redirecting the dog’s attention. “Sit’ is a magic word that can aid in certain situations. If the dog’s brain is actively engaged in listening to the words and putting his body into action to follow the order, it can distract him from the incident or minimize the effect. In particular, nervous dogs do well to be diverted to constructive behavior.

B. Dog Keeps Slipping Out Of Collar: Safe Place

Dogs who slip their necklace generally do it by withdrawing from their necklace. If you notice like the dog is going to try this out, you should do everything you can to place yourself behind the dog. If the dog wants to run back just to discover the leg or the foot behind its hindquarters, they’ll stop backing up and remain safe.

C. Dog Keeps Slipping Out Of Collar: Chase Them Forward

If you can see a slip about to happen, do whatever you can to drive your dog forward. Confidence is a respected thing, particularly between the rescue dog and the owner, but if your dog’s forward scare keeps it secure, it’s worth it. If you’re correctly placed, you can instead run forward with the dog. Some dogs might react well encouraged to break into a run by your side in this situation.

When everything else fails, dropping the leash and letting the dog run with the leash and the collar in the tow might be the safest, the last option when you have a dog attempting to slip off its non-martingal collar. (Again, a martingale collar avoids all of these issues) With the leash lowered, the loose dog is at least wearing tags and something to catch-which is a bad, but not as extreme, a situation as the dog is losing.

Martingale Dog Collars: How To Use Them And What Is Best

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Martingale collars have been important for gray-haired people for years, but they have become much more common with dog owners of all kinds in the recent past. A martingale is a form of collar that holds dogs securely on their leash without choking them.

Read on to learn more about martingale collars: what they are, what kind of dogs you should use them, and how to pick and suit your dog. With this guide, you fill find the solution to whenever your dog keeps slipping out of collar! 

What’s The Martingale Collar?

Martingale collars, also known as no-slip or limited-slip collars, are a form of dog collar that offers more control than a standard flat collar and prevents dogs from slipping or slipping out. They look similar to a flat collar, but about 1/3 of the collar’s length is actually a smaller loop of fabric with a D-ring attached (see picture above).

The collar works by constricting as the dog pulls on the leash. The leash’s strain allows the smaller loop to tighten, which in turn pulls the larger loop tighter — but not too tight! Martingale collars are flexible and do not tighten the width of the dog’s neck. They provide easy protection without hurting the dog.

What Is The Difference Between The Martingale Collars And The Choke Collars?

On the surface, Martingale collars can look similar to choke collars because they tighten when the leash is stressed. However, properly fitted martingale collars can not choke dogs. Due to the manner in which they are built, the martingale collar may only be tightened to a certain degree. This differs from chain choke collars, which do not limit how tightly they can constrict.

Choke collars have long been considered inhuman and unsafe for dogs. Martingales are a safe option. As long as the Martingale is correctly adjusted, it can only tighten to the size of the dog’s neck, preventing it from pulling out of the collar without choking it.

What Are The Breeds Expected To Use Martingale Collars?

Martingale collars are often referred to as “greyhound collars” because they are made for dogs whose heads are narrower than their tails. They are very common with owners of greyhounds, whippets, Salukis, and other slim-headed breeds.

However, Martingale collars are not limited to eye-catchers! They are a good choice for any dog who tends to get out of their necklace or for people who want a little more control of the leash without putting their dog in the way of harm. Indeed, many rescue organizations use martingales as “back-up collars,” putting them next to flat collars for extra protection on their walks.

Reasons For The Use Of The Martingale Collar For Your Dog

Often it’s hard to decide what kind of collar will be better for your dog, particularly if you’ve recently rescued a dog. A martingale collar is a good option for a variety of dogs because it allows you a little more power than a normal collar. Plus, it has some safety benefits. It’s a go-to collar when fostering a dog.

1. Martingale Makes It Impossible For A Dog To Get Free.

Some dogs will slip out of their necklaces better than others, depending on their fur texture and the form of their neck relative to their head. If your dog has ever slipped out of or backed out of his necklace, you may want to think about having a martingale necklace for safety purposes.

Martingale collars are particularly safe for dogs with smaller heads, such as whippets, chalets, and greyhounds, as these dogs also have an easier time slipping out of a normal collar.

2. Martingale Collars Are Useful For Exercise.

The martingale necklace tightens slightly if the dog pulls on the leash, but not so much that it chokes the dog or hurts his neck in any way. If you prefer to give your dog some leash tugs when operating on a leash, the Martingale is a good choice.

Dogs who do not practice proper leash etiquette are often more likely to tug or attempt to twist their necklaces when they see other dogs and other distractions. As described above, a martingale necklace is a proper tool to keep your dog from slipping out of his necklace.

3. They’re Softer Than A Choke Collar Or A Prong Collar.

The martingale collar allows you to make minor corrections if you wish, but it is much softer than the collar or prong/pinch collar. This makes it a perfect choice for a number of dogs, including puppies or senior dogs.

4. It’s Trendy.

Martingale collars come in all sorts of colors, so you can find the perfect type for your particular dog. For example, some brands carry a chain martingale collar made of heavy-duty nylon material for the first loop and a second loop steel chain. The martingale collar fits well as your dog’s standard, everyday collar. Or, it can be used specifically for training. It just depends on what.

How To Pick And Match Your Dog’s Martingale Collar

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Martingale necklaces come in different widths for different dogs. Many dogs can do better with a simple 1′′ wide martingale necklace. But for narrow-headed dogs like grayhound and their cousins, a larger, padded Martingale provides greater protection and comfort. In fact, you may search for a “greyhound necklace” to find martingales specifically made for graceful grayhound necklaces.

Whatever type of martingale necklace you want, it’s crucial to buy one that suits well. To find the best size, measure around the base of your dog’s skull just behind the ears. This measurement is the same as the necklace when it’s completely tightened or closed. Choose the smallest necklace that suits your dog comfortably.

If you’ve found the best size of the martingale collar, you’ll need to tailor the fit to your dog. First, slip the collar over your dog’s neck and pull it up to the spot just behind their ears. Then, pull it up on the smaller loop and watch the metal slides on either side. The well-fitted martingale collar will have about two finger widths between the two slides to ensure the collar’s proper tightness.

How To Use A Collar Of Martingale Safely

Martingale collars are ideally designed for securely walking dogs that may otherwise fall out of or out of a conventional collar. They’re not supposed to be walking help to dogs who pull. After all, if your dog pulls nonstop, it’s going to have a tight necklace; even if the collars are secure, excessive tightness is painful for your dog. If your dog pulls nonstop, it may be more helpful to focus on loose-leash walking skills.

Professional dog trainers recommend using martingale collars only for walking and removing them while at home. Although martingale collars are secure, a loose design and a dangling ring have a higher risk of being caught up in stuff. For this reason, dogs should always be monitored when wearing martingale collars.

Final Words

Suppose you chose not to use a martingale collar. In that case, you should consider placing your dog in two collars once you leave the house-a collar with a leash attached and a second collar attached below, an ID not attached to the leash, which would remain on if the collar attached to the leash had escaped. If you have a dog who absolutely escapes at any chance, you may want to suggest putting a dog t-shirt on the dog whenever he leaves the house with the specifics written proudly on the side.