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    I was happy to find some slight fraying on Banjo's collar because I'd been wanting to buy a new one. I bought her current one via Etsy and that's where I'll buy the new one.

    She currently wears a tab martingale, so all fabric. She needs a martingale because of her thick neck and small head (I make her sound so weird, lol).

    The tab martingale style looks great and has worked ok, though I find it doesn't always completely release immediately. A chain martingale wouldn't have the release issue, but I'm wondering if the noise world annoy us and also if there's a difference in how they feel to the dog when pulled tight. I don't use this for correcting, just to prevent her slipping her collar, really.

    Has anyone tried both?

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    I prefer the chains.we have flash coloured going out tab ones for when we do Hopsital visits and Demos, but for general use it is the ROGZ chan ones. They seem to last forever too. Five years + are some of the current ones
    Pets are forever

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    I might just have to order one of each too. My daughter had already suggested that because we couldn't agree on the design! My Etsy one is about 3 years old and I don't really need to replace it yet. I'll probably keep using it for our fosters.

    It just means that I'll have to get a second tag, but they're so cheap these days...

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    I've heard people say that the noise of the chain - gives the dog a warning to back off...

    not that I've seen that actually work. If the dog sees something exciting - it's at the end of the lead pulling as hard as - unless it's been trained to have good impulse control no matter how exciting the thing is that it spots. Ie trained to loose lead walk proofed with very exciting distractions - including puppies in the face making play bows... ok fail that one...

    I like the greyhound collars - very wide throats. some of them have martingale loops - but can't find one with a chain loop. found one amateur website (you know kids and glitter flashing background) from California that has big loops and a smaller diameter webbing loop, so it looks like it would release correctly.

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    I bought mine from here https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/TheModD...hopheader-name They will make any as a chain martingale and have 2 inch ones, but we've only had the 1 inch tab martingale.

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    Hi Beloz,

    In your opinion which one works the best, tab or chain? ROGZ sells both models, hard to decide!

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    I prefer chain. The tab would catch and was slow to release. Made putting it on a pain as well (the ones without a release or buckle which I prefer) The noise isn't very noticeable I think.

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    Im pretty sure, a dog will know prior to the sound of the martingale chain, that you are about to do something. Your whole body posture changes.
    But yes, this is a signal that you send, the sound of the 'zip' of the chain. But in order for that martingale to tighten, you have moved. Dog already knows. Might still not give a shit, but he knows. So the dog will know that a) its about to hit the end of the line, or b) you are about to check him with it.

    For Brian, french mastiff with lots of wrinkles and a head twice the size of mine, he could kinda back out of a collar using his wrinkles. So martingale sorted that.
    For Pohm, a mollosar shaped head, again, martingale works well.

    They are useless for correcting a dog as you would with say a check chain. For those that like it yank n crank style. You need a chain.

    I love the look of chain. And for my mid life crisis (puppy coming soon), i have purchased a fur saver. As chain ruins the coat around the neck generally. And the links on this one are flat, not round, more comfy. And black chain < very snazzy "Sherman" brand.

    Bernie has a fur saver. Chrome chain, but you never see it. Under that jacket.

    As mine tend to swim daily (except in winter ). Whatever it is, needs to be waterproof, i find fabric rots too quickly. Hence why i prefer chain.

    Greyhound collar: I have cut an old belt of mine. This will be pups tracking collar, so he doesnt strain his neck whilst leaning into it/slight pulling style he has to learn.

    I have a syntec waterproof space age synthetic leather look alike style. That was faulty. Great idea, id love for these to be safe, but with fittings that broke, i wouldnt go there again.

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    I prefer chain as well.

    Koda has a cheap leather collar from the supermarket that he wears 24/7 for his tags and for me to grab onto if needed... No point him having a nice collar as you can never see it with all his hair. Whenever he is on lead he wears a brass check chain (from Rogue Royalty). It's like a thin bendy brass rope (bad description) I absolutely love it, doesn't pull/pinch his hair or skin and it looks nicer than a normal check chain... I've even had people complement me on how it looks!

    Dodge just wears a flat collar now days, she doesn't do much in her old age.

    At the moment Finn has a cheap plastic clip collar for his tags, which he has just outgrown, so i need to get a new one. For walking he has a chain martingale collar... not for corrections, I just find it easier slipping something over his head than trying to find the clip for a collar in all his hair. Eventually Finn will be kept in a fairly short clip, so I'll get him a nice fancy leather collar. Not sure If I will use the leather collar for walks or use a chain/martingale on him... I'll decide that later...

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