Martingale Collars

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Matching Martingale Dog Collar and Leash Sets Are Available!

If you want to take your customized martingale collar experience to the next level, we offer matching collar and leash sets for all of our current styles! We make it simple to customize, personalize, and coordinate your pup's martingale and leash so that you can spend more time on the important things... Like walks with your dog!

No-Slip, Escape-Proof, Personalizable

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Styles and Colors

Choose from many different styles to design your dogs perfect collar. Thousands of design combinations are possible, so the only limit on these collars is your imagination!

Escape-Proof Design

Martingale collars provide a specific no-slip design that prevents dogs from backing out of their collars, especially for dogs with narrow heads. Safeguard your walks!
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Personalize the Buckle

Keep your dog safe without any annoying jingling tags! Engrave your dog’s name and important information on the buckle for safety.
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Why Choose an If It Barks Personalized Martingale?

Style and Safety Combined

No matter what lifestyle you and your dog enjoy, a safe and secure way to take them for a walk is an absolute necessity. With a skittish pup or a tough puller, walks can quickly become a stressful activity for you and your dog. 

Experienced trainers and rescues recommend our martingale collars because they are the perfect tool to help take back control of your walks. Whether it's a Reflective Martingale for those early morning or late night walks, a Waterproof Martingale for those days on the water, or a boldly designer Designer Martingale, we have something to provide your this safeguard while keeping your pup looking their best. Ready for enhanced control with custom style? Our Striped Martingale Dog Collars infuse a blend of custom fashion and function, ideal for the designer-dog owner who seeks the best of both worlds. Embroidered Martingale Collars offer a clearly written identifier and added flair, ensuring your message stands out. For the eco-conscious pet parent, explore our Hemp Martingale Collars, designed with the planet's (and your pup's) well-being at the front of our minds. All of these collars are reliably safe and comfortable for dogs of all shapes and sizes. 

If these needs don't apply to your dog, they may be better suited for a flat collar. Check out our flat collar offerings here.

Thousands of Happy Customers

Come and explore our vast selection of collars, martingales, and other dog gear at If It Barks, where high-quality meets personalized care. Your furry friend deserves the best, and we're here to provide it. Join our ever-expanding community of thousands of satisfied pet owners and personalize your perfect dog collar now! Check out our thousands of five-star reviews and see for yourself what the pack has to say!

Your New Collar Is Waiting!

Our comprehensive range ensures that no matter your dog's size, breed, or personality, we have the perfect martingale to suit their needs and your style. Every collar is meticulously handcrafted with love, reflecting our unwavering commitment to quality. If there is a problem with your order, we want to make it right for you.

Dog in striped martingale collar
Choosing the right collar style for your dog is essential, as it affects safety, comfort, and control during walks and training. We offer flat and martingale-style collars in a variety of styles and with a plethora of customizable options. Understanding the differences between these two can help you select the most suitable collar for your pet's needs. Here's a comparison guide:

Standard Flat Collars

The Standard Flat Collar is suitable for everyday wear and basic training. It's a good fit for most breeds and can be worn all the time, but should be removed if your dog is crated. Available in various designs and materials, flat collars are easy to put on and take off, especially those with quick-release buckles. However, flat collars are not ideal for dogs that pull hard while on a leash, so understanding your dog's specific needs is essential.
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Martingale Collars

Martingale collars are specially designed for training and specialized needs, providing more control for dogs that pull and for breeds with slimmer necks and narrow heads. Unlike a standard flat collar, it's not ideal for constant daily wear and should primarily be used during walks or training sessions. Martingale collars offer a customized fit, especially for dogs with a tendency to slip out of collars and provide gentle control without choking. Proper adjustment is required to ensure safety with this collar, and we offer both buckle and non-buckle options for almost all of our martingale collar styles.
A martingale-style collar is more than just an accessory for your canine companion. Its unique design and functionality make it a preferred choice for many dog trainers and seasoned pet owners. If you're searching for the perfect collar for your dog, diving deep into the martingale's distinct advantages and uses will help you decide if it's the perfect fit.

Escape-Proof Functionality 

The genius behind the Martingale lies in its two-section composition - a fixed portion (neck loop) and a control loop. When you attach the leash to the D-ring on the control loop, it adjusts accordingly. This mechanism ensures that the collar tightens enough to prevent your dog from slipping out, even with the most enthusiastic pulls, but will not tighten enough to cause harm.

Training and Manners

Martingale collars shine when you need to remind your pup about leash manners. The functionality of the control loop's gentle tightening discourages constant pulling. If your dog attempts to pull, a gentle reminder from your end can redirect their attention. If they persist, halt your walk momentarily. With time, they'll associate the sensation with the need to walk without tugging. However, if your dog continues pulling, it might be time to seek a professional trainer's guidance for loose leash walking techniques.

IMPORTANT: A martingale collar is NEVER appropriate for tie-out use.

Additional Points to Remember

Appropriate Uses and Safe Times: Primarily during supervised walks and training. Although highly functional, it's best to remove a martingale collar when your dog is relaxing or playing unsupervised to avoid accidental snags.

Adjustment is Key: Like any collar, a proper fit is vital. Ensure that the Martingale offers a snug yet comfortable fit.
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For a standard flat collar or a martingale with a buckle, measuring is a simple process:

Using a soft measuring tape*, measure around your dog’s neck where their collar would normally rest. Adjust the tape until it is snug, but not tight. Record this measurement, and choose the available size that is closest to your dog's exact neck size, considering future sizing. (i.e. if you have a puppy who has an exact neck size of 13", but the sizes 12" and 14" are available, we would recommend sizing to 14" to allow room to grow.) This measuring technique is also appropriate for martingale collars WITH buckles.

For a martingale collar without a buckle:

For no-slip martingale collars without a buckle, you will also need to measure around your dog's head, from the top of the dog's throat, over the ears, to the top of their head.

*If you do not have a soft measuring tape, use a piece of string to do the measuring and then lay it flat to measure with a ruler.

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Standard Martingale

This buckle-less design requires the most adjustment to ensure a perfect fit. It is first adjusted to slip over the dog’s head and then fine-tuned for a snug fit once it is on the dog's neck. Ideal for smaller dogs due to its lightweight nature, it retains its helpful qualities regardless of the size of your dog.

Buckle Martingale

Designed for convenience, these collars feature a quick-release buckle, eliminating the need for constant readjustments. Perfect for dogs with larger heads or those who dislike their face being touched. It's especially favored for skittish dogs wary of a collar being pulled over their heads.

Engraved buckle collars are:

  1. Safer - No snagging or catching while exploring and playing.
  2. Lighter and Less Bulky - Engraving frees your dog of any additional items being attached to their collar.
  3. Quieter - No more tag jingle!
  4. Cost Effective - No need to replace lost tags!

Available Buckle Materials

Plastic - Plastic buckles are lightweight, durable, and waterproof, and are included in the base price for all of our collars. They are strength rated for almost all pullers 

Aluminum - Aluminum buckles are the most heavy-duty option, providing both style and security in a compact package. Aluminum buckles aren't recommended for saltwater use. 

A personalized, engraved buckle promotes the return of your dog in the unfortunate event that they do go missing. It has been reported 33% of all dogs will go missing at least once throughout their lives. Better safe than sorry, we say.

We offer 3 lines of engraving with 15 characters on each line, offering you space to put your dog's name, phone numbers, microchip information, or whatever other information you deem important.

plastic engraved buckle
aluminum engraved buckle

Choosing the Perfect Collar Width

If It Barks offers most of our custom collars in three different width options to choose from; 3/4", 1", and 1.5".

We generally recommend 3/4" collars for small dogs, 1" for medium to large dogs, and 1.5" for medium to extra-large dogs.

Note: 1" is the most common flat collar width, and 1.5" is the most popular width for martingale-style collars. Collar width is important to consider for your dog's comfort and safety.

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At If It Barks, we don't just specialize in creating high-quality, handcrafted, personalized dog collars and martingales. Our passion extends to offering you a wide range of tools to make walks with your dog an enjoyable experience for both you and your furry friend. As a dedicated team of dog lovers, we know the importance of comfort, style, and safety, and that's why our products are designed with those needs in mind.

Explore our diverse selection of Webbing Dog Leashes, tailored for strength and durability, or Waterproof Dog Leashes, designed to withstand any weather. Our Rope Dog Leashes offer a classic look and feel, while our Reflective Dog Leashes ensure safety during early morning or late-night excursions.

Our customizable Dog Harnesses provide an adjustable and secure fit for dogs of all sizes. We also offer a vast array of Pet Tags, ranging from designs featuring lush nature scenes to comically-crafted inscriptions, adding a personalized safeguard to your pet's accessories. Don't forget our handy Poop Carriers and Poop Bag Holders, making those necessary clean-ups a breeze. Plus, you can save by bundling them both into a Walk Kit!

We're committed to enhancing your time with your pup by creating high-quality dog gear that we stand behind, regardless of which products you choose. We believe that we're more than just a business; we're a partner in your dog's happy and healthy life.
dog with striped martingale collar
"I searched and searched for a collar that I would just love for Riley and I found it in your custom Martingale collar! I love that I could pick out my own colors, fabric style, and personalized buckle. All very well-made and sturdy for this pup learning her place in the world…ie - to not pull and jump. "