I've been meaning to write this post about Earthdog martingale collars forever! Kobi has been wearing Earthdog collars for years and we love them!
What sparked the initial need to look for a non-synthetic collar was that Kobi has a lot of allergies and seemed to be bothered by nylon and other materials commonly used for collars. He would scratch at a lot of collars, but once we tried the Earthdog collars, Kobi seemed really comfortable in them. He's also only 20 lbs and some of the leather collars seemed a bit too heavy / thick.
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I also really like a Martingale collar because of the control it gives you over your dog. A martingale collar is made with two loops. The larger loop is slipped onto the dogs neck and a lead is then clipped to the smaller loop. When the dog tries to pull, the tension on the lead pulls the small loop taut, which makes the large loop smaller and tighter on the neck, thus preventing escape. Properly fitted, the collar will be comfortably loose when "not in use" or alternatively...if your dog is going along with where you want to go, it will be comfortably loose.
Many Martingale collars are made with chain, which I don't like with my smaller dog (Kobi is a 19 lb Havanese). Over time the Earthdog hemp collars will get quite soft, but due to the construction of the Martingale collar, it will still get tighter around the neck when Kobi isn't interested in going in the direction I'm planning to go. However, it's not as harsh or extreme as a Martingale collar with chain.
On top of all that goodness, Earthdog products are handmade in Nashville, TN, USA. The collars come in a variety of colors and patterns.
Best of all, Kobi loves his collar. Post bath or post brushing - he's very happy to have his collar put back on and comes over tail wagging when I bring it out.
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