Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Southwest Washington
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I use both of those Martingales. I actually like the one with the chain the best. Karen is correct - when you are walking the dog, the chain is at the back of the neck, and when it is sized properly, it does not close tightly around the neck. If they were to pull on the leash, however, it would be no different than pulling on a collar.
The cloth martingale I have is made of very stiff fabric - it does not lay as flat as the one shown above in the photo. I wish it would soften up a bit, but so far, it hasn't. Being stiff like it is, the loop sticks out more, and is easier to snap a leash on and off, I suppose. I usually leave the leash attached to mine, just grab the whole thing, collar and leash, slip it over their heads, and away we go.
I LOVE the martingales, if the dog does not pull. When Augie was a pup, he did slip out of a regular collar and scared the #^%& out of me. My boys do not wear collars all the time and these are so easy, once fitted, to slip on and off over their heads.
And, no, I have no problem with either matting or hair breakage, and both of mine are in full coat.
Karen, what did you use on Kodi in Novice Rally? Our trainer said the martingales are not permitted there.
Linda, Augie & Finn's Mom