2. Join the UKC's or AKC's Hunt Test program. Such programs simulate hunting conditions, such as retrieving fallen birds. "Participation not only helps the dog stay in shape, but it also lets him hone his hunting skills. And when you work the dog regularly, you're also occupying his mind and letting him burn off excess energy. That means he won't need to burn that energy in bad ways--by chewing shoes or digging holes in the backyard."