Slip leashes and martingale dog leashes are great tools for training and good alternatives to traditional collars and leashes. Shop our wide selection today!
Slip Lead vs. Martingale Leash - What’s the Difference?
These leashes have been used by trainers and handlers for years in the field or the show ring. While this style is not typically suggested to be used for long periods, our collection has been adapted for everyday use. So how do they work? The end of each slip lead features a ring, rather than a clip, that is large enough for the handle to slide through. This action creates a loop that goes over your dog’s head. Slip leads are great for training, as the loop will tighten when your dog pulls and loosen when they listen to commands.
The Mendota slip leads in our collection also feature a leather slide that eliminates any chance of the leash falling off when it’s not supposed to or getting too tight around your dog’s neck. Now there’s no chance of escape or choking.
Martingale Dog Leashes
Like a slip lead, a martingale leash will lie loosely around their neck when relaxed, and tighten when they begin to pull. Martingale leashes are excellent training tools for new pet parents, as they are easy to use and comfortable for your pup. Our martingale leashes by Mendota feature a leather adjustment slide that prevents your dog from slipping out of their leash during training.
Our collection of slip leads and martingale dog leashes are made of either braided nylon (rope) or leather. The major differences between the two comes to looks, but each material has a unique benefit. Polypropylene roping, otherwise known as braided nylon, is extremely soft and durable. This material will last a lifetime and keep your dog comfortable. It’s also available in a variety of colors and design patterns for pups and pet parents who aren’t afraid to get a little creative.
Leather is also extremely durable, but not quite as soft as braided nylon. Like all leather products, a leather slip lead will take a while to break in. However, they are water resistant. We recommend using a leather slip lead if your dog frequently participates in dog shows.
Don’t Ditch the Collar
While a slip or martingale leash may seem like a great alternative to a collar or leash, it’s not. A collar that can be worn daily is an essential safety item for your pup. It’s been shown that 1 in 3 dogs who become lost never find their way home due to improper identification. So don’t forget to purchase your pup a new, personalized dog collar when you buy a slip lead. It’s more than decoration, it’s their ticket home.