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    Quick request for opinions-

    I've got a Boykin pup that will be 6 months old the beginning of may. my question is what everyone thinks about starting training during the summer heat (i live in La and looking at a a local trainer in SE texas). OR would it be better to hold off till fall to send him off.

    Down here fall doesn't really start till late sept/early october.

    Is training over the summer months money well spent?

    Thanks

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    Most pro trainers spend the summer training up north.
    They take the dogs with them.
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    Summer is the best time to train for me. Training in 4 ft of snow is not very easy, nor worth it in my opinion. Summer is an excellent time for bird and water work. Wait till the evenings if its too hot during the day, or go early morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cass View Post
    Summer is the best time to train for me. Training in 4 ft of snow is not very easy, nor worth it in my opinion. Summer is an excellent time for bird and water work. Wait till the evenings if its too hot during the day, or go early morning.
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    Talk to some of the trainers down there. It may be that they go somewhere cooler to train in summer. Also remember your pup will be doing OB, ff and a lot of yard work. Heat isn't going to be an issue during that time anyway.
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    I use a trainer down south who stays south in the summer and he trains early in the mornings. Mornings start around 75 degrees, do warm up quickly, but you get an hour or too before it gets too terribly bad. Evenings down where I grew up can be 90 at sundown. Also, there is a lot of good info that has been posted on this forum on the signs of overheating, In the event you need more info.

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    Iv'e always fiured you get the most bang for your buck to send a dog south for the winter ( if you live north) and north in the winter if you live south. I personally would never send or leave a dog in a situation where they were only getting "part days"...

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    We train year round. Day light or dark. Hot (like in the mid 70's) or cold.
    In Louisiana I would think training would start 1/2 hour before sunrise.
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    There are tons of non traveling pros in Texas. To get it done you just can't have as many dogs. I train from first light until noon and again from an hour before sunset until 10pm or sometimes later. It would be a good thing to find out from the.person you're going with though.

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    Bet you don't get much water work in during the -25 days.

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