Training hunting dogs - getting them into shape:
It takes 6 weeks or so to get a hunting dog in shape. To start conditioning your dog, use a two - on, one - off program. Work your dog for two days in a row, then give one day of complete rest.
Utilize a slow pace, longer workout. Increase the distance before increasing the speed. Start with a 15 - 20 minute workout at a fast trot. (about 6 - 8 mph), then gradually increase the time up to an hour. Once your dog is in shape, maintain this by 3 workouts a week.
Key Safety Points
Make sure your dog stays well hydrated. Offer water before, during and after workouts.
Use a thermometer to monitor temperature. If it rises to 103º F, stop training and wait for the temperature to come back down. Normal range is 101º - 102º F