If a man has fourteen dogs unless he is a hoarder, and he sleeps next to them, it can safely be assumed that they are members of his family. In which case, the would have wellness visits to the vet and do not have fleas because he treats them with some form of flea prevention.
I train dogs for a living. It's possible he has sled dogs. Normally sled dogs sleep outside and have their own shelters. However, these could be very special sled dogs. The man may have very large kennels that can also accommodate him sleeping next to his teams.
In terms of training working line huskies and malamutes can be a bit headstrong. Sleeping with or near them strengthens the bond. The stronger the bond, the more a dog will go the distance to honor whatever his/her handler asks.
There is a difference in pronunciation, have a look at this website and listen to vier and veer http://www.heardutchhere.net/DutchPronunciation.html