"I don't," he replied. "Truly exceptional dogs just know. They're born with it. The trick is to recognize it and try to breed for it." He continued, "I've been breeding and training bird dogs for a long time, and in all my life I believe I've only had three truly exceptional dogs. One of them is Rusty (one of the dogs we were hunting over at the time) and the fourth one just might be that little female right there (Cedar, Rusty's daughter and the other dog we were hunting). They're rare. Extremely rare. You can, through training and lots of hunting and bird exposure, make a mediocre dog decent and good dog better, but some dogs just have it from the beginning."