Does he have a pet?
a) Not now
b) Yes, two dogs and a cat
c) Yes, two cats and a dog
What kind of dogs does he train?
a) Sheep dogs
b) Show dogs
c) Dogs for the blind
Does he ever see dogs after he trains them?
a) All the time
Why do people keep pets?
a) For security
b) To help with work
c) For companionship
Why are puppies so expensive?
a) They eat a lot
b) They chew things up
c) Both of these reasons
Matt, I'm going to ask you some questions about pets
Ah, first question, do you have a pet?
Yes, in fact, my mom's house we have three, three pets; two dogs and a cat.
My family actually raises dogs for helping blind people.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Wow, like how do they train the dogs?
How do they train the dogs? Well, I mean, it's a long process, right...we get them
when they're puppies.....and so we train them basic...you know, sit, come...
really basic things...then, after they're about two year old, they go a different training school.
Oh, wow , that's great!
Well, how many dogs do they train at a time?
Oh, just one! We have our own dog, and then we have a dog that we have
that we are training.
Yeah, just one dog at a time.
Do you ever see the dogs you trained, like out on the street, or anything?
(laughter) Ah, sometimes we'll see them, they'll have like sort of conventions of
uh....reunions of the pets so, yeah, you get to see them once in awhile.
Oh, wow, that's cool. Um, why do people keep pets?
I guess the most important thing is companionship, right! So there is always somebody
there for you that will like you no matter what.
Yeah, that's true. OK, besides cats, dogs, and fish, what are some other pets people keep?
Uh, well, I guess if you are Sigreid and Roy you can keep a tiger or lion....um, I guess all
types of things don't they.
I mean, my friend has a snake....I don't know if you mention that: snake and ferrets and
All kinds of things.
All right, yeah, like there is so many.
Uh, what are some costs associated with keeping a pet?
Ah, food is probably the biggest cost, but also if you keep the dog, particiulary a dog in your house
..when they are puppies, and we have a lot of puppies they'll chew up everything they can so we're
constantly replacing shoes and, you know, cleaning up pee from the carpet and things like that..so..
It can be a hassle.
Yeah, OK. Thanks a lot, and by the way, where are you from?
I'm from the U.S.A., from Minnesota.
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