October 2, 2022

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St. Johns female and her canine contend on America’s Prime Dog

Rachel Clark of St. Johns and her 4-12 months-old pet dog Chewy will make their countrywide tv debut at 8 p.m. tonight as contestants on the exhibit, “America’s Leading Pet” on A&E.

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Chewy the puppy catching mid-air

Clark, 25, is a supervisor at Cher Vehicle Kennels in St. Johns, which boards, breeds and trains canine. Cheryl Carlson, the proprietor and Clark’s boss and mentor, texted Clark one night time to explain to her about the exhibit. Clark stated she experienced never heard of it.

Cher Car Kennels in St. Johns where Rachel Clark is Manager

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Cher Car or truck Kennels in St. Johns in which Rachel Clark is Manager

“You and Chewy will need to get on this,” Carlson explained.

“Just looking through the title, ‘America’s Major Puppy,’ I was like, ‘Yeah, alright, Cheryl. You might be blowing a small smoke right here,'” Clark mentioned. “But I started off wanting up clips of the demonstrate and essentially commenced watching season a person and I was like, ‘You had been not joking. We do all of this.'”

Which, is stating some thing.

Chewy the dog after dock diving

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Chewy the doggy soon after dock diving

“‘America’s Top Dog’ is like ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ but folks do it with their canine,” Clark reported. “You can find road blocks, there’s scent-detection, there is certainly dock-diving…leaping around hurdles, knocking down walls, pushing buttons and pulling levers in get to activate ramps…”

Clark rescued Chewy as a puppy and started off education him straight away.

Chewy as a puppy

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Chewy as a pet

Now, they do anything jointly.

“If my dog’s not invited, odds are I’m not coming,” Clark laughed. ​

“The bond involving Rachel and Chewy is really, incredibly specific,” Carlson stated. “I realized, with his abilities and her drive, they could go spots.”

Rachel Clark and her dog Chewy running through the obstacle course

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Rachel Clark and her puppy Chewy managing through the impediment study course

Clark discovered a casting phone and began heading by way of the job interview process for the clearly show.

“Then all of a sudden COVID hit, and I failed to listen to again for a very long time and I was just stressed,” Clark stated. “But, we started setting up obstacles. We started off prepping and dissecting period a single episodes like, ‘All suitable. We’re heading to teach like we are going,’ and luckily, that paid off for us because we just bought additional time to prep.”

Clark finally acquired the callback and had about a thirty day period to get ready.

Cheryl Carlson, the owner of Cher Car Kennels

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Cheryl Carlson, the proprietor of Cher Motor vehicle Kennels

“We qualified in the evening. We had individuals running close to with flashlights. We had boom-containers. We experienced all the factors that we could believe of that may well induce them to have some problems so that we understood we’d be super organized when we acquired out to really be on set,” Carlson explained.

In September, Clark and Carlson flew out to California for the taping of the display.

“Traveling with him in that ability for the very first time was rather major,” Clark reported. “I am constantly seeking for something new to problem us.”

Rachel Clark sitting with her dog Chewy at Cher Car Kennels

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Rachel Clark sitting with her canine Chewy at Cher Motor vehicle Kennels

Win or shed, Clark said she considers competing on the demonstrate the begin of her career with puppies.

“Chewy has been a enormous part of that for me. He is my foundation pet. I experienced an incredible prospect stumbling on a job listing for this kennel…but, I wouldn’t have been equipped to consider entire edge of it if I did not have a canine, and he is my first doggy,” Clark claimed. ​

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