How To Fit A Martingale Collar

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Every dog needs a collar. Regardless of the type of dog you have, its age, how active it is, or ¬how well behaved, a dog collar is the most basic and important dog accessory you can purchase for your pup.

In this quick guide, we’ll discuss:

  • How a martingale collar should fit.
  • How to measure for a martingale collar.
  • How tight your martingale collar should be.

How To Fit A Martingale Collar

Martingale collars are good options for dogs with heads smaller than their neck. They help ensure your dog can’t slip out of the collar and run away. However, fitting a martingale collar differs slightly from fitting a standard collar.

Mimi Green (and a few other collar makers) sells both slip-on and buckle martingale collars.

Fitting a Slip-On Martingale Collar

  1. Measure the largest part of your dog’s head and the middle of your dog’s neck (where the collar will sit).
  2. Add at least 1 inch for smaller dogs and at least 2 inches for larger dogs.
  3. NOTE: If your dog’s head is larger than its neck, use its head measurement to determine the size you need. If your dog’s neck is larger than its head, use its neck measurement to determine the size you need.

Fitting a Buckle Martingale Collar

  1. Measure the middle of your dog’s neck (where the collar will sit).
  2. To determine your final measurement, add at least 1 inch for smaller dogs and at least 2 inches for larger dogs.

How Should My Dog’s Martingale Collar Fit?

Generally, a dog collar should be snug but not too tight or

 loose. Be sure to follow the “two-finger rule,” meaning that once the collar is secured on your dog, your pointer finger and middle finger should fit between the collar and neck. This is why you want to add 1-2 inches to the collar size based on your dog’s neck measurement.

Note: If you have a puppy, it is essential to check his or her collar weekly—at minimum—until your puppy is fully grown.

Fitting a Mimi Green Martingale Collar for Use

Our martingale dog collars offer easy functionality so you and your pup can feel comfortable on long walks. Here’s exactly how to use them:

  1. Loosen the collar diameter with the tri-glide and slide the collar around your dog’s neck.
  2. Tighten it up with the tri-glide to the correct size.
  3. Attach your leash to the collar’s D-ring.
  4. When the dog pulls, the loop upfront on the collar will tighten so your dog cannot escape their collar.

When adjusted correctly, the dog is never choked, but the collar stays snug around the dog’s neck until the pressure is released.

Find a Perfect Fit Martingale For Your Pup at Mimi Green!

Ready to purchase a perfect fit dog collar for your pup? Shop with Mimi Green and support a small, woman-owned business with beautiful, handmade products. Handcrafted, unique Mimi Green collars are made of quality materials and designed with your dog’s safety and style in mind.

We offer a variety of sizes, buckle variations, and the ability to add information to your dog’s collar, such as its name, address, contact information, and more. Shop our variety of dog collars and find the perfect fit for your pup today! All of our custom and personalized dog collars are available in standard and custom sizes with a plethora of choices for personalization including engraved dog collars and hand embroidered dog collars.

To learn more about how to find the right size collar for your dog, check out our blog.