Well, did you think it would ever get here? It seemed that summer would never end with high 90 degree temps stretching into early October across most of the U.S. Finally, the arrival of multiple cold fronts are beginning to dip down into the U.S. and now into Texas.
Is your dog in shape for the season? Many are not unless you have been doing workouts on land AND water regularly. Just like any athlete, if you feel your hunting companion is a little behind, don't fret. We all have been there. Begin slowly and continue to make it fun. Go out in the mornings and late evenings and provide plenty of water during the workouts. If the tongue begins flopping to the side and turning deep red, it is time to stop. Don't push it. You have time especially if you are primarily a duck hunter.
But if you have plans for upland hunting, endurance in the early season can be a challenge. If the temps drop into the 50s, you can extend the workouts. In fact, your dog will probably demand it! It seems they can run for another hour or so when the chill is in the air. Take advantage of those times.
And make it fun! Enjoy the season. It goes by too quickly.