2. Start Exercising Early
Being a hunting dog is hard work, and the dog must be in shape to deal with adverse weather forecasts to retrieve game. That means not waiting until hunting season begins to start exercising.
"Generally, the biggest problem we see is that the dogs are not in the physical condition they should be in," says Snell. Dog owners typically need to have their dogs in shape six to eight weeks before hunting season, depending on the dog.