Dayna Wintertime-Nolte loves to choose her dog, Theo, to competitions — just for the surprise variable. The Utah lady isn’t the one who’s surprised, her fellow competitors and the spectators are.
“It’s so significantly entertaining because I do these competitions and you see all those Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds and I wander out of the subject and I get type of a chuckle,” she explained. “And then he blows everyone’s anticipations out of the h2o.”
Theo is a 7½ 12 months previous border collie-poodle blend — a medium size dogs who’s lovable and sort of fluffy. He does not look like a puppy who’s going to zip by means of road blocks and blow people’s minds.
But he is. And Theo and Winter-Nolte compete on a really major phase on Tuesday in the 2nd year premiere of A&E’s “America’s Top Dog” (7 p.m., Dish and DirecTV 9 p.m, Comcast).
“He’s diverse than a large amount of pet dogs that are on the display,” Winter-Nolte stated. “I like to sort of come out with him and confirm that just because puppies never glimpse like the usual doggy that does that sort operate, that they can even now definitely excel. Primarily with that great partnership you can create with them.
“I’m definitely, seriously energized to have a ton of persons see how we do on this exhibit. It is genuinely just a snicker.”
“America’s Leading Dog” (Tuesday, 8 p.m., A&E) functions a huge impediment system that tests the dogs’ velocity, agility and how well they function with their trainers. In the initial spherical of level of competition, pairs of pet dogs in 3 different classes — functioning pet dogs, police K9s and “underdogs” — compete to be the swiftest. The winners progress to the finals, in which they compete in opposition to each other.
The winner gets $10,000, and a further $5,000 to donate to the animal charity of their preference. And the weekly winners return in the season finale, competing for an added $25,000.
Sportscast Curt Menefee and comedian David Koechner are the hosts sportscaster Rachel Bonnetta is the “sideline reporter.” They try out challenging, but they consider a resolved back seat to the canines and their trainers.
Winter-Nolte shares a bit of her track record with viewers, and it’s adequate to make them quit and choose notice. When she was 18 years previous, the South Salt Lake female was “bitten truly terribly by a friend’s German shepherd.” Whilst it was “a pure accident,” she experienced to go to the hospital and get 30 stitches. “I never blamed the doggy. Actually, the puppy in that circumstance was performing its occupation of defending its home. It was managed badly and he manufactured a bad decision, sadly.
“I was Okay. But mentally recovering from that was seriously, truly complicated,” Winter-Nolte explained.
Her household had a doggy at the time, and she was wonderful with her. “But German shepherds and larger puppies in standard ended up truly overwhelming to me up right up until I started out functioning with Theo.”
Theo, it turns out, is a handful. He’s the initial canine she at any time owned by herself.
Winter-Nolte was in grad faculty “and I assumed, ‘I want a doggy! And I got this sweet small pet. … The doodles have been all the rage, and I believed I was having this really simple, minimal-crucial, sweet, fluffy doggy just to be my buddy. And he just turned out to be a good deal additional rigorous than I had anticipated,” she stated with a snicker. “He experienced a good deal of electricity that essential to be channeled in specific approaches.”
So she identified a trainer to perform with Theo and with her — and the coach experienced a German shepherd.
“I finally begun shadowing at the coaching company that I was performing with and just receiving to know more and far more about these doing the job form pet dogs. And I was capable to type of get over my panic by performing with Theo.
“So now I have a few German shepherds,” she said with a chortle. Three is a large amount, but I make it get the job done. They are awesome. I do sports with all of them.”
But Theo is the pet dog she’s invested the most time education.
“The relationship I have with Theo is incredibly distinctive. He’s been close to the longest. I’m not declaring he’s my favored, but we just have more of an in-depth marriage — sort of for the reason that of the struggles that I’ve experienced to go by with him. Possessing to troubleshoot, performing difficulties out with him.”
And doing work with a trainer influenced Winter-Nolte to develop into a trainer herself. “It definitely was not something that I was arranging for,” she reported with a laugh.
Obtaining been seriously bitten herself, she’s now operating with aggressive dogs of all dimensions — such as “quite a couple German shepherds.”
“Working as a coach permits me to avert persons from obtaining an expertise like I did by assisting folks master how to converse with their dogs and set boundaries,” Winter-Nolte mentioned.
“I keep in mind educating my childhood dog how to roll more than in my bed room and do methods like that. It was a blast,” she mentioned. And when the route emerged to change puppy training into a job, she stated, “I sort of dove into it head initial.”
Which is kind of the way Theo assaults the impediment system: diving in head first and rampaging by means of.