America’s Top Dog is a fierce competition show that tests the capabilities of K9s and their handlers. Every episode, a team advances, and a few are eliminated. During the end of the season, it all boils down to two contenders.
The first finalist is a German Shepherd named Mattis. He earned a Purple Heart Award when he got injured during a mission. Together with his handler Sergeant Mark Tappan, they are ready to take the title.
The final agility course is an upgraded and harder version of the usual one in this show. The spider web of bungee cords is denser, and the ductwork tunnel has a thin plank in between that the dog has to cross. So here’s how the night went.
Despite heading the wrong direction at first, Mattis was able to knock down the first obstacle. When confronted with additional yards of webbing, the handler was the one to lead the way. Mattis shortly followed, and together, they proceed to the low crawl.
The 42 stacked boxes they needed climb was conquered. At that point, they haven’t even reached the minute mark. As expected, the plank in between the ductwork tunnels proved to be difficult for the dog.
After 30 seconds, the handler is allowed to assist the dog if no progress is made. The next obstacles were over in a blink of an eye. Team Mattis finished in 1 minute and 58 seconds.
The next contender is a very formidable participant in the competition. He’s a Belgian Malinois named Kai and his handler Detective Corporal Mike Mcmahon. The last time Kai was on the show, they set two records and know they plan to set another one.
Kai and Mike took a lot of time at the spider web. Mike had to help his dog get through first before trying to untangle himself. Fortunately, Kai was waiting for him at the end of the law crawl.
The ductwork also hindered Kai, but he worked hard to push through despite being anxious. After that, everything went smoothly. The recall time at the last part was fast and Kai finished with the fastest time making him America’s Top Dog of the first season.
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