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Whippets and Italian Greyhounds – Collar Guide

Whippets dog collars are designed specifically for canines with heads that are smaller than their necks. These dog collars gently tighten against the dog’s neck if they pull, back up or spin. It is typically worn by greyhounds, whippets, and excitable canines.

A Whippets or martingale collar is generally made out of fabric or nylon that forms a circle like most collars but also has a crescent shape on the back that is created by a different section of the same fabric. The larger loop of the collar fits around the canine’s neck and the smaller sized loop sits at the back of the neck and has a D-ring which attaches to the lead. When relaxed, the collar fits loosely and keeps your pooch comfy. But, when the dog tries to drag, the second loop tightens up the fabric all around the canine’s neck for a gentle no-pull impact.

Italian Greyhound or Whippets collars function much the same method as a choke collar but without any metal against the dog’s skin. It also tends to integrate a soft material or nylon to create the pull rather than a steel chain.

Martingales are definitely not as reliable with bull necked dogs as they have much less of an impact on the dog. Yet, compared to choke collars, martingales can be used on more delicate necked canines like greyhounds but not advised for extremely small dogs. Martingales should also never be left on 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There are considerably much less critics of the martingale collar in comparison to the pinch and choke collars. The softer material and lesser pressure of the martingale collar against a hounds neck is the main reason for such a lesser amount of criticism.

Increased risk of the canine strangling when left unsupervised while using a martingale collar. This increased choking threat results from the fact that if the D-ring on the collar catches on something, the collar will tighten up and possibly choke the canine. However, when the collar fits properly and is used only periodically, the martingale collar can be a very useful training solution.

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