Police dogs have an imposing reputation. The value they add to police work is immeasurable. From time to time, these K9 dogs compete against each other in a race through an obstacle course. This is how a typical competition goes.
America’s Top Dog has a course called the dog house. It’s a series of obstacles and tests that both handler and K9 must pass through. The team that finished faster will win the title of Top Dog.
For the first run of the night, Officer Tim Bradley and his dog Rico takes on the challenge. They have worked together for over nine years. Rico has been a police dog since he was a young dog.
Rico knocks down the hundred-pound door and moves to the second level. There the two had to navigate through a thicket of bungee cords. It took them a while, but they were able to move to the low crawl.
There was a slight delay when climbing the boxes, but Rico zoomed through the following tunnels. He was also quick to open doors. Finally, Rico did well with the bite simulation, and the team finished in 1 minute and 48 seconds.
The next team has to beat the time of the previous run. Team Django is a formidable competitor. Officer Heather Vanhemmert and her German Shepherd won’t give up without a fight.
It took Django three tries to take down the door, but he made up for it at the second obstacle. Officer Vanhemmert’s athleticism helped her move faster through the course with her dog. Their pacing was close to the other team’s pace.
The tunnel wasn’t a problem, but Django took some time to open the doors. Finally, when it came to the apprehension, Django made a clean transition from bite to release. Team Django won by a margin of five seconds.
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