The issue of force-fetch, however, is largely a retriever issue. What I've never done is force-fetch any of my pointing dogs. Either through a subtle retriever bias or a lax attitude that pointers don't really need to retrieve or that force-fetch is somehow counter-productive for pointing dogs, I've just never done it. And I know a lot of other pointing-dog owners who don't, either. But I'm at sort of a crossroads with my setter pup: It's time to force-fetch if I'm going to do it, and if she were a retriever, I'd be putting her up on the table about now. But I'm not entirely sure what benefit - from a pointing dog perspective - she would get from the experience. Would it - just like retrievers - lay the foundation for everything she must deal with as her training advances? Could it potentially affect her enthusiasm, her boldness, her range? Should I? Shouldn't I?