Training a dog to point or training a dog to retrieve are both based on assumptions........the dogs are genetically inclined to do either (and possibly both). "Training" a dog with specific instincts requires teaching and developing skills which make the dog's natural/bred traits more useful.
If the foundation instincts aren't there to begin with......why bother?
Train him as he was a GSP, Wirehair or any other pointing breed. Just keep the bird work and retrieving in checks and balances
What you do is everytime he pauses or slows down on a bird scream ( No,you are a Labrador retriever not a shorthair!) and nick him with the collar . Hope that helps
Matt Misar ,Misarskennels.com
The owner must develop a "thicker skin"!So what makes a PL different then every other dog that points in training.
lol...but seriously - in 9 of 10 cases I see where a guy has purchased a 'Pointing lab'...the pup and ultimately the dog end up flushing. Mostly, I suspect, because getting any inherent 'point' didn't just 'naturally' occur.
With Pointers - they unsurprisingly do seem to 'point' naturally.
Just more than a lick of difference between the Pointer and the Retriever flushing breeds that extend well beyond the 'point'.
Not to say some folks don't take PL's really seriously and hope for a pup they can work with. But those people aren't typically incidental trainers thinking they bought the best of all worlds for huntng birds.
We shoot dogs with a Canon
What is an "incidental trainer"?