Pick Your Battles: Working steadiness, delivery, marking off the gun and honoring are hallmarks of a dove hunt. They also usually take place in hot weather and dusty fields. Doves don't put out much scent, so they also allow you to work on handling and keeping your retriever in the area of the fall when he wants to hunt big. However, keeping your dog on an extended hunt just to pick a single dove can might not be the smartest move. Give him a chance to pick a blind/memory, but if he's having difficulty, don't keep trying to handle him and making him work in that heat. Walk out and make the area of fall smaller and smaller until he can easily find it.