In regard to a flushing dog: if the natural hunt and birdiness is not there, you can't pour it into a dog. In other words, if you have to teach it to flush, what you end up with will be less than optimum, to put it kindly. With that in mind, although it may charge and flush a bird if it stumbles upon one. Without a singleminded obsession to seek birds, you will likely struggle hunting any dog. You could probably use the same dog to your benefit if you are hunting pointers, particularly in heavy cover, then sending in a flusher. A few more comments about flushing dogs. Flushers with a good nose and a lot of drive can be used to great effect hunting isolated cover that is very dense. Flushers need to work well within shotgun range at all times for the hunter to be in the game. The bulk of training that is done with them has to do with the distance they work from the hunter, rather than teaching to flush. Small patches of cover and very thick cover somewhat negate that lack of range. One scenario I have a lot of experience where a flusher shines is hunting a running bird like pheasant in cattails. A common strategy in the prairie pothole region. The flushing lab rules the cattail sloughs. In the open quail habitat of texas a good flusher is at a big disadvantage, due to the lesser area a dog covers if he has to maintain close contact with the hunter at all times.
Smokey Bear---Lone Star State.