Stop dogs from "slipping" their collars!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickerdoodle, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    I have read so many posts about dogs (your own or neighbor's) slipping their collars and attacking or killing chickens, that I felt compelled to offer a possible cure. Its called a martingale collar or non-slip collar. It acts like a choke chain without the risk of the dog choking to death. It is usually nylon with 2 metal rings and the collar will get smaller on the dog's neck just like a choke chain but has a default stop that allows it to close only enough to prevent slippage and not harm the dog. They are very inexpensive and sold at stores like Petsmart or even on line at or at The ones at Petsmart have all nylon and the one at petedge has some chain link. My personal favorite is the one at Petsmart but it s up to you.

    it helps save some chickens and keep dogs happily and comfortably on their leash! [​IMG]

    ***Oh, be careful and get the right size!***
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2009

  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Unfortunately, bad dog owners won't care enough to make the effort.
  3. mediazeal

    mediazeal Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Quote:but chicken owners can perhaps buy one to put on the problem dog or take it over to the owner
    sometimes we can help our own cause even when others are too lazy or defeated to step up
    just my 2 cents
  4. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    We had a lab that her neck was as big as her head so her collar would come off. Fortunately she NEVER went after the chickens. She would let them walk on her and she slept with them. But a cat or a squirrel she would chase in a heart beat. All I had to do was yell her name and she would stop in her tracks. She never harmed one. She just liked the chase. She was to gentle to hurt a fly.

    The only way to restrain her was a very tall fence or a harness. She would also jump a fence 4' or shorger.

  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    My old wolf hybrid had a neck that was seemingly bigger around than her head and she could slip a collar like nobody's business. She was able to wiggle out of even the martingale collars. She couldn't slip out of a collar that was about 4 inches wide, though. It looked a little silly, almost like she was wearing one of those surgical collars that vets use to stop dogs from chewing on stitches, but it kept my Houdini home so it was worth it. If a dog keeps escaping because they "slipped their collars" then the owners don't care enough to make sure the collars fit properly in the first place.

    I use martingales on my two current dogs and won't use anything else with them. They are great.
  6. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    My linebacker necked boxer mutt wears a harness. She can come out of a collar pretty much at will. Her collar is more of a fashion statement. She wears the harness when we go for walks. [​IMG]

    My original boxer mix is a puller. She wore the harness that turns the head, a chain collar and a choke collar (with the blunted pins). None of them would stop her from pulling. She would pull until she couldn't breathe, lay down to catch her breath and then pull again. I now make her sit the minute she starts pulling. Our walks are a little convaluted, but it works. [​IMG]
  7. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Songster

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    we use the Gentle Leader from the vets office.. works well

  8. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    Quote:I use the Gentle harness for our Malinois. She was a patrol and explosive detection dog from the Air Force and was not used to close heeling as they are allowed go a bit ahead when working. Also a very intense, active working dog so I found the harness automatically turning her toward us was the best way to retrain her. The non slip collar is for those poor dogs left chained up all day by owners who pay no attention to them (why they run off and attack chickens!). I do think its worth the trouble to get the collar for their dog as they don't seem to care. Saves you the heartache.
  9. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    Quote:You are so right! Every dog is different but sadly some owners don't take the time to figure out what works best for them.

  10. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    Quote:Had to add--I LOVE your signature! It is so true--too bad I have trouble letting out that skinny person. [​IMG]

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