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ⓘ Americas Top Dog




Americas Top Dog
                                     

ⓘ Americas Top Dog

Americas Top Dog is a television series that premiered on A&E in January 2020.

In the show, five dogs and their handlers - usually four police K-9 teams and one civilian team - compete in a three-phase competition. The first phase, the Canine Combine, is an obstacle course that includes the car slalom where the dogs jump in and out of cars, the fire escape where the dogs pull down the doors to get to the next level, the high jump, the rope bridge where the dogs run across an unstable rope bridge, and the splashdown where the dogs swim across a small pool to the finish. The fastest four dogs through the Combine advance to the next phase. The next phase is the Boneyard, a scent detection test, where the dogs try to find as many scented objects as possible out of five, and alert their handlers to the find, in a maze of rooms in five minutes or less. For each dogs run, the scent used is whatever the dog is most familiar with. The two dogs that find the most objects or that find them the fastest, in case of a tie advance to the final phase. In the last phase, the Doghouse, the dogs and handlers make their way through a "house," including knocking down the door, climbing through the window into a spider-web of bungees, low-crawling, climbing boxes, running through a duct-work tunnel, breaching two doors with the dog pulling the door open, and finally apprehending a "suspect," including taking him down and then releasing on command and returning to the handler. The dog that completes the phase the fastest wins the title of "Americas Top Dog," $10.000, an additional $5.000 donated to the animal charity of their choice, and the opportunity to compete in the grand finale, which has a $25.000 prize.