Summer is upon us here in the Midwest with heat and dew-point levels peaking this time of the year. Thankfully every now and then a cold front pushes through, and brings in some cooler air. This is a great time of year to condition yourself, and your dogs for the upcoming tracking, and field trial seasons. I like to go out in the morning before it really heats up and walk a local hill for exercise. When I begin my two dogs are pulling on the leashes like sled dogs. After a couple of laps their tongues are hanging out, and the pulling has ceased. I always bring plenty of water, and make sure I don’t overheat the dogs. I also reward them with a dip in the pond when we are finished. They enjoy getting out, and we all benefit from the exercise. Take some time to condition yourself and your dogs this summer. You will be glad you did it later in the year.