The second believes that this is all well and good if you have access to enough wild birds to be selective about such things. But that for those of us who don't, it's a different story. When you're on the typical public-land death march with birds few and far between, you don't have the luxury of being selective. If, as the saying goes, birds make bird dogs, then getting your dog into birds, pointed, flushed, bumped, whatever, is what the dog needs more than anything. And if shooting a few of those birds, even if they're not pointed, will get the dog excited about hunting and help make those connections, then it's OK. If any issues appear, they can be easily fixed.