This post is sponsored by Mighty Paw.
Mighty Paw is a company that offers high-quality collars, leashes and other products for active dogs.
We recently received the company's brand new martingale collar for review, and you have a chance to review the collar too!
Everyone signed up for this month's $7 reward or higher on That Mutt's Patreon page (by Feb. 1) will receive a FREE martingale collar plus a new product every month!
Patreon is a site that allows people to support our blog in exchange for various ongoing rewards. Click here.
Mighty Paw martingale dog collar review
My thoughts on the martingale collar
I like martingale collars in general. Most dogs can wear one as an everyday collar, and they also work as a training collar for dogs who need a gentle reminder not to pull.
A martingale collar will tighten slightly under tension but not enough where it could choke the dog. It’s also called a limited slip collar.
If your dog pulls or if you prefer to lightly tug on the leash to get your dog's attention, the collar will tighten a bit. When the tension eases, the collar will loosen again. For this reason, a martingale collar is a good safety collar for dogs who know how to slip out of or back out of a regular collar.
A martingale collar has one loop that goes around the dog’s neck and a second loop used to tighten the collar under tension.
Mighty Paw's version is made of nylon and iron and also has a buckle so you don't necessarily have to slide it on and off your dog's head. When you have a wiggly weimaraner, it's nearly impossible to slide something over his head!
Ordering information – Amazon
The martingale collar is available on Amazon HERE.
It comes in black or gray and three sizes. Small: 12″ to 14″ neck (.75″ wide), Medium: 14″ to 17″ neck (1″ wide) or Large: 17″ to 22″ neck (1″ wide).
What's unique about this martingale collar?
Mighty Paw's martingale collar is very durable and functionable, and it looks great too.
It's made with weather-proof nylon, according to the company. The chain portion is made of 100% iron. I like the chain “sound” because my dogs pay attention when they hear the sound of the chain.
The collar features a D-ring option on the side so you can choose to clip the leash there and use it as a standard collar. Plus, the collar has reflective stitching for safety as the sun is rising or falling.
- High quality and durable!
- All around really nice product
- Made with weather-proof nylon and 100% iron chain
- Doubles as a standard collar with a D-ring
- Reflective stitching
- Looks great!
- A nice “middle ground” collar. It gives you more control w/o using a prong or choke collar
- Some people would prefer no chain (I like the chain, personally)
- Not available for dogs with neck size roughly under 12″ or over 22″
- Not a lot of color options (comes in black or gray)
- A martingale collar may not give enough control over a strong “puller”
Would I buy this collar?
Yes. These are high-quality, functionable collars. It's the perfect training collar for my gentle Lab mix who needs a soft reminder to pay attention. It makes a great everyday collar for my weimaraner and hopefully someday it's all he'll need for training!
Would I recommend the collar to others?
Yes. I recommend a Mighty Paw martingale collar to anyone who needs a little extra control when walking their dog. For some dogs, a prong collar or a Gentle Leader is not necessary. A martingale is a good “middle ground” used by a huge variety of dog trainers.
By the way, if you're looking for a regular buckle collar (vs. a martingale), the company also has a really nice one HERE.
Giveaway – Get a FREE collar when you sign up on Patreon
Mighty Paw is giving away a FREE martingale collar to everyone who signs up for this month's $7 reward or higher on That Mutt's Patreon page.
Patreon is a site that allows people to support our blog in exchange for various ongoing rewards. Everyone signed up at the $7 reward or higher will receive a FREE martingale collar plus a new product every month! Click here. Limited to first 80 people and must sign up by Feb. 1.
Do you prefer a martingale-style collar?
Let us know in the comments!
Is your dog DERPY?
If your dog's anything like mine, sometimes you look at him and go, “Wow, that is one derpy lookin' dog!”
To celebrate the “DERPY” (or silly, awkward, goofy) dogs we know and love, we've partnered up with Mighty Paw to make 2,500 “Derp On Board” window stickers. And we want to send you one for FREE.
The stickers are 5″ by 5″ vinyl and can be placed on your car, window or anywhere else. (They peel off easily.)
To get your free sticker, just fill out your address with the form below, and we'll drop one in the mail for you. We'll also send you an exclusive offer from Mighty Paw.
Enter Your Email Below to Receive Your Free DERP ON BOARD Sticker
(If you have trouble with the link, you can also just email me at Lindsay@ThatMutt.com.)
Would you like one of these FREE Derp On Board stickers?
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I’m giving away a Free wireless electronic fence system for dogs from Motorola ($279 value new).
Just leave a comment at the end of this post to enter.
I reviewed the Motorola WirelessFence25 and while it’s a great product I decided I should give mine away to someone who could use it. Since we live in an apartment, our wireless fence has just been sitting in the closet!
Would you use a wireless electronic fence for dogs?
I know some people get nervous when they hear about e-collars or “shock” collars. Just so we’re clear, the vibration from this particular collar is similar to a vibrating cell phone.
I tried it on myself first. Even on the highest level (which I tried on myself), it’s more startling than anything.
My own dog Ace was trained on an electronic fence system (different company) and this allowed him off-leash freedom on my parents’ lakefront property and large yard.
Ace got to be out and about with us playing catch, making campfires, grilling and just spending time together.
And since my parents have a long driveway, we set the fence's boundary far from the road so there was never the issue of Ace charging people and dogs who walked by (not that he would ever do that anyway!).
More details on the Motorola wireless electronic fence
This fence is portable!
The Motorola WirelessFence25 is a wireless, electronic fence you can use at home or for traveling. Think of camping, the beach, Grandma’s house, your son’s house or wherever.
Some of its key features include:
- No wires to bury
- Both the collar and base come with rechargeable batteries (You just plug them in)
- 15 levels of corrections, including a tone only and vibrate
- Packs into a convenient, small travel case
- 50 flags for marking clear boundaries during training
- Makes a warning tone before giving a correction
Read my full review here.
Giveaway – Win a Free Wireless electronic fence system for your dog
*The winner has been selected. Congrats, Brittany!
I’m giving away my gently used Motorola WirelessFence25 to one reader of That Mutt ($279 value new). Must have a U.S. mailing address to win and no P.O. boxes.
To enter the giveaway:
Just leave a comment below so I know your dog wants IN on the drawing.
Double entry if you share this post on Twitter with hashtag #ThatMutt
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I’ll choose one winner at random on Friday morning Jan. 20 and announce the winner in That Mutt’s email Sunday morning. Sign up for That Mutt’s daily training emails here.
The wireless fence system comes with:
- 1 collar & rechargeable battery
- 1 base system and ground stake + rechargeable battery
- 50 flags
- 1 tester (helps confirm the system is working)
- Travel case
Would your dog like to win a wireless electronic fence?
Let me know in the comments! Also, let me know if you have any questions on how the product works. And check out my original review here for more info here.
When is the best age to neuter a dog? It depends on the dog.
When to spay or neuter a dog is a personal choice between the dog’s owners and the dog’s vet (and sometimes a contract with a breeder or shelter).
There are pros and cons to spaying or neutering a puppy or dog of any age.
When I purchased my weimaraner puppy from a breeder I agreed under contract to have him neutered by 14 months, and that was OK with me.
Remy is 10.5 months now and I had him neutered on Monday. I thought it would be helpful for others to hear about my decision, and please feel free to share your own examples in the comments.
When is the best age to neuter a dog or puppy?
Personally, I wanted to wait as long as possible before neutering Remy because the newest research says it’s healthier for most dogs to remain intact as long as possible, ideally their whole lives. I'm thankful our vet keeps up to date with the latest research and he actually encouraged me not to neuter Remy at all.
With a larger breed like Remy, my main concern was the direct relation between early neutering and increasing the dog’s risk for joint problems and bone cancer down the road. Since my dog will be very active as my running partner and potential agility dog, I took this seriously.
I’ve already written well-researched posts on the pros and cons of spaying and neutering dogs. You can read those here:
Pros and cons of spaying and neutering a dog
Are rescue groups neutering puppies too young? Yes!
Health benefits of spaying and neutering:
- For females, a spay surgery removes her uterus and ovaries, eliminating her risk of ovarian cancer, eliminating her risk of an infected uterus (pyometra) and reducing her risk of breast cancer.
- For the males, remove the balls and you eliminate the risk of testicular cancer.
Health risks of spaying and neutering:
(This is just a short sampling. Read my full post with references here.)
- Spayed and neutered large-breed dogs are more likely to develop bone cancer
- Spayed and neutered dogs are more likely to develop hip dysplasia
- They’re more likely to tear their ACLs
- More likely to have adverse reactions to vaccines
- Spayed females are more likely than intact females to have urinary incontinence.
It doesn’t take a doctor to figure out that hormone-producing organs affect many areas of the body beyond reproduction.
OK, but what about behavior?
My readers outside of the U.S. are shaking their heads now.
In so many countries, people generally do not spay and neuter their dogs and the dogs do not have behavioral issues. At least, not any more so than spayed and neutered dogs.
Do you notice that when a neutered dog is aggressive, his behavior is blamed on either the owner or a lack of training?
But when an intact dog is aggressive, his behavior is blamed on the fact that he has balls?
With my dog Remy, I would’ve neutered him sooner had I noticed any obvious behavioral issues.
We have not had any trouble at all with:
These behaviors can generally be managed with training, socialization and controlling the environment, but every dog is different. I do think spaying/neutering can at least help with managing certain behaviors. But it's not a magic fix.
With Remy, he unfortunately does try to hump ME on occasion when he’s excited, and he’s very “up close and personal” with sniffing people and dogs. He also humps Ace's dog bed.
I do hope these behaviors will decrease at least a little now that he’s neutered, but I’m not counting on it.
Other factors in my decision:
By now I hope it's obvious there is no best age to neuter a dog or puppy. So much depends on the individual dog.
Here were some additional factors for me:
High activity with field training
Since we’ll be starting some more focused field training with Remy this winter and hunt tests in the spring, I simply wanted to get the surgery over with so he’d be recovered by the end of January for field training.
In the United States, there are stereotypes against intact male dogs and they are generally not allowed legally in dog parks, off-leash dog beaches, dog daycares, etc. I board my dogs and I want Remy to be able to play in the dog daycare groups.
Aggression from neutered dogs
This was actually a big factor.
I’ve noticed the majority of other dogs tend to show aggression to Remy. It’s mostly due to his immaturity and explosive energy, but I have to think it was also due to him being intact.
People tend to blame the intact dogs for aggression, but it’s often the neutered dogs that are the issue. I notice neutered dogs show aggression around Remy, and that comes down to poor socialization.
Anyway, Remy loves other dogs and unfortunately most tend to posture and growl/snap at him or even bully him or try to attack him. I’m hoping now that he’s neutered other dogs will be more accepting of him.
It’s a myth that neutering a dog will decrease his energy, but hey, if Remy happens to have 5% less energy, I’ll take it! We’ll see.
What about unwanted litters and being ‘responsible'?
This was not a factor at all and is really a non-issue for San Diego.
We live in an area where there are not stray dogs running around, let alone dogs in heat. Most dogs are kept indoors as pets and are leashed in public. It would’ve been selfish for me to neuter Remy just to “prevent unwanted litters.”
It could've been different had we lived somewhere else, but the responsible thing to do in our case was consider the health and best interest of our own dog.
But enough from me.
Remy is recovering well and surprisingly it's been fairly easy to keep him quiet. But we can't wait until he can RUN again in a few days!
Now I'd love to hear from you …
What were the main factors in your decision about if and when to spay or neuter your dog?
What would you say is the best age to neuter a dog or puppy?
Vet techs and vet receptionists have challenging jobs.
It takes the right skills to be able to balance catering to the pet owners and catering to the actual pets.
It's difficult because pet owners often expect professionals to swoon over their animals, and they're even offended if they don't.
However, all that attention is not always in the best interest of the pets.
It depends on the pet.
Unfortunately in my experience, some receptionists in veterinarians' offices tend to treat all dogs the same.
They talk in high-pitched voices using an excited tone. They face the pet head on and bend down to their level. And they make direct eye contact, trying to pet them and hand out treats.
These are all good enough responses to a fairly chill, well-behaved dog like my black Lab mix Ace, especially if the dog is comfortable around strangers and being at the vet. Ace is a dog who can handle just about anything you throw at him. He's one of those “bomb proof” dogs.
And then there's Remy.
Oh, Remy …
Remy is what you might imagine if you threw a rope over a coyote and drug it into a vet's office.
OK, maybe not that bad. Because he's friendly. Boy is he friendly!
We walked into the vet's office Monday and he's on his hind legs doing his possessed kangaroo hop as we walk through the door. Barking with excitement. Pulls so hard he flips over on the slick floor, landing on his back.
I had him on a slip lead with no slack, so I kept him pinned to my side as we sat down.
“Shhh. Hey!” I whispered, trying to calm him.
And then a receptionist squealed. “OHHHHH!”
And I go, “Please ignore us. He's a ‘little' excited.”
“Oh, Remy! We want to make you love the vet!” she says.
Me: “Please don't come over here. He already loves the vet.”
Receptionist: “OK, I'll come pet you when you're calm.”
At this point Remy is trying to jump and climb over me to get to the receptionist. He grabs at me, tries to bite the leash, barks.
“You don't need to come over here,” I say again.
She then stands 10 feet from us, focusing on the coffee maker. This is her way of “ignoring” Remy.
He does quiet down, but he's staring at her, trembling with anticipation.
She takes his non-barking as a sign that he's “calm.”
“No. Don't come over here,” I say.
I had to ask her a total of 4 times to leave us alone. Asking her to ignore us was not clear enough. I had to spell it out firmly, multiple times.
“Don't come over here.”
All that aside, the real problem is not exactly the receptionists or the vet techs. It comes down to training and socialization.
My dog is poorly behaved at the vet because he's a hyper, overly excited, explosive young weimaraner with little impulse control.
He would've been a handful even if every single person had ignored him until his appointment.
Dogs are generally going to be at their worst behavior at the vet, so it's not fair for me to judge Remy (or myself or the receptionist) based on anyone's behavior that day.
What matters, really, is how he handles himself in general out in public and how I respond. What can we do to improve?
- Visiting new indoor, public places more often. Working on sitting and just doing nothing. Places like Petco, Home Depot, etc. Continuing to ask people to ignore us.
- Serious exercise. Oh boy does he have energy. We need a genuine run every single day. Leashed walks and the occasional dog park trip is not enough.
- Training classes. Keep at'm! As we're doing.
That's all there is to it. Patience. Patience. More practice. More practice.
And pet professionals like dog walkers, groomers, boarding workers, pet sitters and dog daycare workers, you have tough jobs. I know because I've worked in all of those jobs.
It's a balancing act because all dog owners and dogs are different.
But please …
When you see a young maniac on a leash EXPLOSIVE with energy (and I mean just plain NUTS), try to tone it down a little, please? For the owner's sake? 🙂
For the dog's sake, too. Thank you.
Do any of you have any examples of how a pet professional affected your dog's behavior for better or worse?
P.S. I never knew a dog could be that excited for a neutering appointment!
A tale of two vets – how the right vet makes all the difference
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