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Dog Collar Types
Martingale Dog Collar
The martingale collar is a double-loop design where the large loop slips over the dog's head and onto the neck. The smaller loop acts as the closure and is where the leash attaches. Tension on the leash will pull the small loop smaller, which pulls the collar tighter around the dog's neck. This type of collar is highly recommended by trainers to help give people more control while protecting the dog's neck.
Martingale Dog Collar with Buckle
The standard martingale collar is put on by pulling it over the dog's head and adjusting the fit each time the collar goes on and off. By adding a buckle to the martingale, the collar can be put on and taken off directly around the neck without readjusting the collar. Simply squeeze the sides of the buckle to release the collar and insert male end into female end to clasp the collar back on.
Side Release Buckle Dog Collar
The Buckle Dog Collar is what most people are accustomed to buying a dog for general wear. This collar has a "buckle" that releases when you squeeze both sides of the hardware. To put on, simply insert the male end into the female end until you hear it click into place. You have a choice of material - aluminum or plastic. Refer to the helpful hint next to those buckle options to learn more.
Plastic Side Release Buckle
Lightweight and strong
Better for very small dogs due to weight
Best for very active play
3/4” = .3 oz, 1”= .5 oz, 1.5” = .6 oz
Aluminum Side Release Buckle
Strong and durable
Will not rust
Slightly easier to release than plastic
Best for large dogs due to strength
3/4” = .7 oz, 1”= 1.3 oz, 1.5” = 2.3 oz
3/4" width collars are recommended for small dogs and should be ordered in size XS or S. If your dog requires a larger size, then your dog would do best in a wider width like 1" or 1.5".
This size collar fits most dogs well, from small breeds like Rat Terriers to larger breeds like Labs.
Wider collars are recommended by trainers because they provide a wider base to spread tension around the entire neck when on leash instead of in a narrow pressure point. These can be worn by the small, medium and large breed dogs. If your dog is on the small side of the small breed size, consider starting with the 1" width, then moving up. If your dog is a medium or large size breed, the 1.5" is strongly recommended.
Note: If your dog’s neck lands on the low or high end of these ranges please select “Custom Size” to ensure a proper fit.
Custom Size (Recommended)
Get the perfect fit the first time! When ordering your collar, choose the "Custom" option for Size and enter the measurement of your dog's neck or current collar. We will then make the collar with that measure in the center of the adjustable range. This means that you will be able to make the collar smaller and larger than the measurement you enter, allowing for a perfect fit. Note: Custom Size is required when adding an optional buckle or extra d-ring as it changes the adjustable range of the collar from our standard sizes.
How to Measure your Dog’s Neck Size
Use a flexible tape measure and wrap around the dog's neck where the collar will sit. If you don't have a flexible tape, use a string then measure the string with a ruler. When measuring, keep two fingers between the dog and the measure tape.
Another option is to simply remove the dog's current collar and measure it.
If you are ordering a martingale dog collar, please make sure your measurement will fit around the largest part of the dog's head.
An extra D-ring is often added by people who want a place to hang tags separate from the D-ring that the leash will attach to.
Extra D-ring on Martingale Collars
Placed on the larger loop where it won't dangle off the small loop.
Provides you the flexibility to have a grab point that doesn't engage the martingale.
Extra D-ring on Side Release Collars
Sits right next to the standard D-ring.
Still has its own stitching so each D-ring is securely stitched in place.
There are two main types of leashes we offer - the Walking Lead and the Dog Seat Belt. The Dog Seat Belt also happens to double as a 2 foot Traffic Lead (read more about that below).
The Walking Lead
The Walking Lead options are those used for walking (or running) with your dog. They come in various lengths - 4 feet, 5 feet, and 6 feet (measured from end of handle to end of hardware). There is also a 2 foot long "Traffic Lead" which is great for situations where you need to keep your dog close to you.
The Dog Seat Belt
This is a very versatile lead. Two feet in length, the Dog Seat Belt attaches to your dog and the handle loops around your head rest stem to secure in place as a seat belt. You simply slide your headrest all the way out, place the handle on the top of your seat and slide the headrest back in place such that the headrest stem secures the handle in place. (Use in conjunction with your favorite standard harness.)
Adding hardware to your Walking Lead
This option allows you the most flexibility with your leash by adding hardware at both ends of the leash. The one end attaches to your dog's collar as usual. The other end loops to attach to a D-ring to make a handle. When a handle is not needed, you can detach from the D-ring and use as an anchor point to temporarily anchor to a secure post or the like.
Adding hardware to your Dog Seat Belt/Traffic Lead
This option simply makes releasing your Dog Seat Belt quick and easy by having hardware at the handle end, you can remove the seat belt from the car without lifting your headrest. This comes in handy when you want to use the seat belt as a traffic lead to keep the dog on short leash while you're walking about town. This is truly a time saver and great convenience.
Leash lengths are a choice based on personal preference and differs from person to person. In general, the smaller the dog, the shorter you may want the leash. If you want the most control over the dog - perhaps for safety in crowds or traffic - choose a shorter leash or Traffic Lead. The most common lengths ordered are the 5' and 6'.
Add Matching Key Fob
If you choose to add a matching key fob, it will match your collar or leash. You can always Design Your Own Key Fob and choose the base material and color stack! They are handy to throw around your wrist or in your pocket when walking your dog. Just stick a house key on it and you're never locked out!
Measuring For Your Custom Active Cuff
With a flexible measuring tape, wrap the tape around the largest part of your bicep (that's the Popeye muscle on the top part of your arm). Enter that measurement into the "Enter Your Bicep Measurement" text field on the Active Cuff and Lead order page. [If you don't have a flexible measuring tape, you can use any type of string or ribbon to wrap around your bicep, then lay that string flat on a table and measure the string with a ruler or standard tape measure.