Besides having a sturdy dog collar and leash, dog walking is the most critical aspect of proper training and the foundation for establishing controlled behavior patterns. There are specific things you can do to make the walk a positive, invigorating and pleasant experience for you and your pet.
Dogs in the Sporting Group are active breeds that enjoy outdoor activities. Their natural exuberance for their environment and new situations can lead to excited leash pulling. A properly fitted dog collar and even a martingale dog collar can help considerably with this problem.
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Due to their high activity levels, these dogs need durable, well made dog collars that hold up in water and that dry out quickly. Because of their love of the outdoors, fabric/webbing dog collars need to be colorfast and washable.
Sporting Group owners like wider widths, brighter colors and large patterned dog collars that show-up well under their dog's longer coats. As such, narrower width (3/4" to 3/8") dog collars can be hard to see on these dogs.
Dog collars with inset stones and crystals, don't work as well for longer haired Sporting Group dogs because their heavy coats can get caught in the mountings.
Additionally, unless supervised, lighted battery-powered dog collars arenâ€™t a good choice for these dogs. These dogs are natural swimmers, they were originally bred to retrieve game in water; and excessive water can easily ruin a dog collarâ€™s lighting mechanism.