- Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red Fern Grows. New York: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1974.
The Question and Answer section for Where the Red Fern Grows is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Billy trains his dogs using a racoon skin to mark scent trails for the pups to follow. He also tries to teach them tricks the racoons will use as a method for escape.
Billy learns that he must care for and train his dogs. His dogs are dependent on him and he is dependent on his dogs: they work as a team.
I think Billy gains companionship of the dogs the minute he picks them up from town. Billy and his dogs are inseparable. He spends hours hunting with them every day.