Training a pointing dog doesn’t have to be difficult. They already know how to point. Teach the dog its name and to come when called, and do lots of the basic obedience you would do with any dog. Get it a bell or a beeper and take it hunting a lot. Some pointing dogs will benefit from being force-trained to retrieve, which is a bit of a chore, but once done turns any dog into a consistent retriever. I force trained my first shorthair, Sam, and he was an outstanding retriever. I never force-trained my current shorthair, Jed, because he showed early, strong natural retrieving skills and I wish I had. His retrieving is poor, but he is good at finding crippled birds. Some breeds, such as English setters, can be only so-so retrievers.