I raised and trained setters for many years. These weren't field trial type dogs, but just honest to God hunting companions. They all lived in the house. It seemed to me that when a dog lives with you and is not only your hunting dog but a pet as well, that the bond between you is even greater. These dogs, and one in particular, was so close to me that she could darn near read my thoughts. In the field she was constanty looking back at me to see what I was doing, and I could communicate with her via hand signals.....it was a beautiful thing!
The drawback to this is that when they get old and you have to put them down, it rips your heart out, and everyone one of them I buried, I buried a piece of myself along with them.
And fragrances? Not too worry. If a dog is born with a good nose, they will have a good nose, period. Just get them on birds. They will do the rest.
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