My concerns are... Would I be foolish to shoot doves over her before she has a quail/upland season under her belt? Has anyone here started a young pointing dog's career shooting doves first?
Some dogs you can get away with any thing but I wouldn’t do it
I want a pup to be hot after the birds when I shoot one for him, so the gun shot is associated with that bird falling and any fear from the sound is overcome by the pups prey drive desire to get his mouth on the bird.
Most pups will not know what’s going on dove hunting and will be spooked by the shot if they aren’t focused on the bird
It’s a risky way to intro a pup IMO
I’ve been training pointing dogs since 1966 so I’m speaking from a lot of experience. It’s a lot easier to avoid creating a problem than it is to fix one.