Does ‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Train Her Dogs for TV?

“The Pioneer Woman” star Ree Drummond has a special bond with her dogs. They often appear on her Food Network TV show and on her social media accounts. Are Ree Drummond’s dogs trained to be on TV? Here’s what The Pioneer Woman said about her fur babies.

Why Ree Drummond loves basset hounds

The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hearst
The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond | Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hearst

Drummond is a big fan of basset hounds. She talks a lot about them on her social media accounts and on her Pioneer Woman blog. Why does Drummond love the floppy-eared dogs so much? In the fall 2019 issue of “The Pioneer Woman” magazine, Drummond explains why she enjoys having these adorable dogs. For Drummond, it’s more than just their cute faces. These dogs remind the Food Network star of her childhood. Here’s what she told a reader in her magazine column:

My first dog, when I was 3 years old, was a basset hound. And a basset hound was the first dog Ladd and I got as a married couple. I’ve loved Basset hounds all my life! Their excess skin, floppy ears, droopy eyes and hilarious personalities keep me entertained and make my heart leap.

Does Ree Drummond train her dogs for TV?

One questions some fans have is about Drummond’s dogs and their behavior on TV. A reader complimented Drummond on how well-behaved her dogs are. She asked if the dogs are trained.

Drummond said her dogs did not have any training, they’re just naturally well-behaved. “There’s no training going on with the Drummond dogs. I can’t emphasize this enough!” wrote Drummond. “If you’re referring to the basset hounds, I think it’s because they’re a low-energy breed—and they like hanging out with me, so it helps calm them. The other dogs… well, I wish they were a little more trained at times, but in general, they’re inherently good pups.”

Some fans think Ree Drummond hates cats

Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine
Ree Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine

Last year, Drummond posted a message about a dog-food promotion she was working on with Purina. She let her fans know there would be samples of her dog treats inside bags of Purina One dog food. Drummond also shared that shoppers could purchase her line of The Pioneer Woman dog treats at Walmart stores. Some fans were excited about her announcement, but others were unhappy because Drummond hasn’t released a product line for cats. Consequently, some of her Instagram followers figured she doesn’t like cats all that much.

Basset hounds will always hold a special place in Ree Drummond’s heart

Drummond released a series of children’s books based on the adventures of her late dog, Charlie. She also opened an ice cream shop named after him. Charlie passed away in 2017 after a battle with lymphoma. Drummond posted a goodbye message to him on her blog:

Yesterday after church, it became very clear that the right time had come. Our wonderful local vet, Dr. Jan, who has taken care of Charlie since he was a pup, came out to the house so Charlie wouldn’t have to leave the ranch. It was peaceful and quiet, and since Alex is home from college, she got to say goodbye to him. I’ve sobbed off and on ever since, mostly because of all the good memories of the best dog a family could ever, ever have. He lived a full life out here with the cows and the rabbits, and I’m so grateful he was ours.

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