“Whatever the game, we’ll play!” is a phrase that surely can be applied to a Pointer.  The breed’s high drive and desire to please make them eager participants in a broad array of activities.  Some activities are AKC titling events, while others fall under the rules of other governing bodies.

The most important thing to remember is that your Pointer wants to make you happy.  So any activity that provides positive reinforcement for doing your bidding is likely to be a great fit for your pup!  Pointers actively participate in barn hunt, lure coursing, dock diving, and more.


If your dog loves the water and loves to retrieve, then the fun sport of Dock Diving should be a natural. The AKC now recognizes titles of the new North America Diving Dogs (NADD) organization. Now you can also add a dock jumping title to your dog’s AKC records.

Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog are non-competitive tests. Training for these aids us in having Pointers with good manners.


The Canine Good Citizen is a 10-step test done by an evaluator to assure that your Pointer can navigate through life safely and appropriately.  If your Pointer passes the 10 step test they receive a certificate and can claim an addition title of CGC to be added at the end of their name.

Successfully passing this test is one of the requirements of some therapy dog groups, and is a great beginning to get your Pointer ready to advance in other companion events.


The Trick Dog program is a fun way to demonstrate your Pointer’s special skills.  You can choose tricks to do in front of an evaluator from AKC’s list of tricks.  Teaching tricks establishes a pattern of learning, teaches skills and focus, is a positive method of training, and promotes a special bond between you and your Pointer!