Yes, it was a hassle, but I'm convinced it was well worth the effort. Ask any trainer, especially pointing dog trainers, and they'll tell you the most important thing you can do for a young dog is birds, birds and more birds. The problem is, of course, finding and keeping a steady supply of training birds on hand. That's why I'm planning on building a small pigeon coop this spring. There are an infinite number of plans to be found online, they take up very little space and can be constructed at very little cost. No matter how small your back yard is, if you've got a few square feet, you've got plenty of room to house all the pigeons you'll need for your pup's training.