Now that the temperatures are over 90 degrees in Texas many of us will watch in amazement as that wild acting retriever you had a few months ago seems to only be up to a few bumper tosses now. That is the warning sign that your dog cannot be pushed as hard as you pushed her a few months ago. Most of us know that dogs do not sweat like we do. They give off heat by panting and through their paws. Some panting is ok, but heavy panting is your first warning sign to rest and re-hydrate. If your retriever begins showing her tongue on the side of her mouth, it is time for a swim or to stop training. No need to push it in the Texas heat unless water is readily available for her to take a splash. I end every one of Ellie's workouts with a splash in White Rock Lake. The Lone Star Hunting Retriever Club's training grounds has a nice lake to train in after a workout in the field. If you are hot, just remember your dog is hotter. Be sure to check on her in your kennel and make sure the fans are blowing and water is available. Summer is a great time for swim-by drills and for some short, more technical training, such as the wagonwheel, T and double T whistle work. This will pay off in the fall at the beginning of the hunting season.