How long did you have to remove the tie before Cooper attempted to shred it ? I thought based on the previous "hunting" pics I saw that Cooper & Pumpkin had a similar build, but I think P is taller; however, she is taller than many at 23" : Cute pic!
That's an old pic. He is about 7 months in that one. He would walk around with that on his neck for a while. Copper has a leash or check cord on him regularly and during his puppy days he would drag the leash for hours. So, no problem wearing a tie.