I just ordered a buckle martingale collar for my puppy that is coming home next week. I already have a regular martingale that I was going to use for her, even though I don't like that I would have to slip it over her head and adjust it every time I am going to have to take her outside. From my understanding, the buckle martingales work just the same as the regular, but just have the added convenience of buckling on like a normal collar. 

I know a lot of people here swear by the martingale collars, but have any of you guys used the ones with a buckle? I figure at least while she is a young puppy and can't hold it too long, the buckle option will be a lot easier.

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Comment by Jane on October 31, 2013 at 4:12pm

It's never recommended to leave a collar on an unattended dog. Even in a crate, the collar or tags can get caught and the dog panics and strangles to death. I've heard of dogs getting caught on mini blinds, vents, their own jaw, cupboard doors, you name it. That's one of the reasons we like the martingale collars - you can easily pop them on and off as needed.

Comment by Marissa, Bandit, and Bacon on October 31, 2013 at 12:14pm

So you don't reccomend her wearing a flat collar that has her ID tags at all times? I won't have a problem removing it and putting it back on so many times a day, but what are the major dangers? Bandit will be crate trained, and there are no floor vents in my apartment.

Comment by Jane on October 31, 2013 at 10:01am

We only use martingales. As the other Jane said, you don't need to adjust them repeatedly. They are loose enough to fit (barely) over their head, and should be adjusted so the collar is snug against their neck when tightened.

I would be careful leaving any collar on a dog 24/7, especially unattended. There are plenty of stories of dogs getting their collars stuck on crates, tags stuck in floor vents, etc.

Comment by Marissa, Bandit, and Bacon on October 30, 2013 at 2:36pm

Thanks for that explanation! Makes a lot more sense now :) She will be wearing a flat collar with her ID and rabies tag all the time, and the martingale is for if we are leaving the house.

Comment by Jane Christensen on October 30, 2013 at 1:48pm

Yes, the collar fits fairly tight when putting it over the head so that part doesn't slip off easily. Then the top part of the collar where you attach the leash when pulled tightens so the collar can't slip. They can put up a fight(as pups sometimes do) but can't back out...thus keeping them safe. You will still want to get your pup used to a normal collar so. I hope this makes sense.

Comment by Marissa, Bandit, and Bacon on October 30, 2013 at 12:51pm

Thanks Jane! I still have a regular martingale at home, so I am going to give both a try. So when a martingale is properly fitted, it will slip over the head easily but still not slip off if they were to try and back out of it? I know how the collar works, but I'm just wondering about sliding it on and off without adjusting it, which is why the buckle appealed to me! 

I'm sure this will be a whole lot easier when I can actually fit them on my pup.

Comment by Jane Christensen on October 30, 2013 at 12:42pm

Hi Marissa,

I have never seen a buckle martingale. I have used martingales on all my pups and adults. The only time  you have to adjust them is as the pup grows which might be every couple weeks. Otherwise you slip them on so it goes over the head fairly tight and they stay at that length till it gets too tight then you readjust. Hopefully you can see where they get adjusted in my pic. To me the buckle would take much more time. Just my opinion.

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