I have been around dogs, both working and pets, my entire life. Having a properly trained dog available to retrieve your downed birds is an asset in EVERY sense of the word. It makes bird hunting 100x more productive and enjoyable as long as you do your part in training the pup correctly.
The problem most people have with dogs revolves around the right breeds and the right training for the desired task. I don’t know how many times I have sat in a ground blind looking at someone’s poorly trained dog run around the field spooking all the game. On the other hand, I have also been on hunting trips where we would not have retrieved a single bird if it wasn’t for the dog we had with us….. Training and correct breed for the task……