Grammy nominee Jake Owen is sitting atop PEOPLE Country Special’s list of hottest guys, thanks to his obvious good looks and mega-watt talent. But despite his popularity with the ladies, the 28-year-old stays grounded thanks to a little help from his pooch, Vern.
“Vern’s a pretty good judge of character when it comes to girls,” Owen tells PEOPLE in the clip above. He claims he can easily tell which ladies warm to his pup, and more importantly, which ladies are favorites of Vern’s. “You’ve got to like my dog if you’re going to be with me,” Owen says definitively.
See more of Owen (and other sexy stars!) in the PEOPLE Country Special, on newsstands now.