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“I called her El Destructo. She’d chew anything, absolutely anything. She’d attack the handle on the oven—anything she could chew she’d chew. And it cost me thousands of dollars. She’s probably the most expensive dog I’ve ever had in my life. Car interiors, beds, quilts, kitchen appliances. Yep. And a whole California king mattress. There wasn’t a piece that was bigger than 50 cents. But she’s really fun. She’s got a fun personality. She’s a character.”
“All of my dogs, they live in the house. They’ve never been overnight in a trailer, none of my five dogs. And they have all slept in our bed. [laughing] We hardly ever are away from them, ever. They’re just family, they’re just part of the family. I call this truck my $40,000 dog kennel because they live in the back seat. When I bought the truck I folded the back seats up and that’s it, they’ve never been folded back down. [laughing]”
“A retriever just lives for the retrieve. There’s nothing better than putting feathers in their mouth. I just want them coming back, you know? And so, if I walk past five but the two we shot come back I’m good with that, so I’ll always have a retriever, not versus a pointer. Nothing against pointers. I’ve hunted with a lot of them, too. I always just make sure I have a retriever to bring the birds back when I’m hunting with a pointer. [laughing]”
“I think success means getting the dog to end up working the way you want them to work. And you can either have them working with you and for you—or you can have them working against you. So, the whole key is you always start off by doing something fun. When you’re training, they need to know when it’s break time, so it’s fun because this is your time. Hey, whatever we’re doing, let’s make a lot of fun. So, you always start off with something fun, a little bit of work, fun, a little work, fun, a little work, fun. And you always put them away after doing something fun.
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