Dayna Winter-Nolte loves to consider her canine, Theo, to competitions — just for the surprise variable. The Utah female is not the just one who’s shocked, her fellow rivals and the spectators are.
“It’s so significantly exciting simply because I do these competitions and you see individuals Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds and I walk out of the field and I get type of a chuckle,” she said. “And then he blows everyone’s expectations out of the drinking water.”
Theo is a 7½ 12 months aged border collie-poodle combine — a medium dimension puppies who’s cute and type of fluffy. He does not seem like a doggy who’s likely to zip by way of obstacles and blow people’s minds.
But he is. And Theo and Winter season-Nolte compete on a really major phase on Tuesday in the 2nd season premiere of A&E’s “America’s Prime Dog” (7 p.m., Dish and DirecTV 9 p.m, Comcast).
“He’s unique than a lot of pet dogs that are on the present,” Winter-Nolte explained. “I like to variety of occur out with him and verify that just due to the fact canines really don’t seem like the usual canine that does that sort work, that they can even now seriously excel. Primarily with that very good connection you can develop with them.
“I’m seriously, really psyched to have a large amount of people see how we do on this show. It is genuinely just a snicker.”
“America’s Best Dog” (Tuesday, 8 p.m., A&E) functions a substantial impediment system that tests the dogs’ velocity, agility and how nicely they work with their trainers. In the very first spherical of level of competition, pairs of dogs in three distinct groups — operating pet dogs, police K9s and “underdogs” — contend to be the speediest. The winners progress to the finals, where by they contend from each individual other.
The winner receives $10,000, and an additional $5,000 to donate to the animal charity of their selection. And the weekly winners return in the season finale, competing for an extra $25,000.
Sportscast Curt Menefee and comic David Koechner are the hosts sportscaster Rachel Bonnetta is the “sideline reporter.” They try out tough, but they choose a made the decision again seat to the dogs and their trainers.
Winter season-Nolte shares a bit of her history with viewers, and it’s adequate to make them quit and get observe. When she was 18 decades old, the South Salt Lake woman was “bitten genuinely terribly by a friend’s German shepherd.” Despite the fact that it was “a pure incident,” she had to go to the healthcare facility and get 30 stitches. “I hardly ever blamed the puppy. Truthfully, the dog in that circumstance was carrying out its task of preserving its residence. It was managed inadequately and he designed a lousy final decision, regrettably.
“I was Alright. But mentally recovering from that was really, genuinely tricky,” Winter-Nolte said.
Her family members experienced a pet at the time, and she was fine with her. “But German shepherds and even larger dogs in basic were genuinely overwhelming to me up until finally I commenced working with Theo.”
Theo, it turns out, is a handful. He’s the initially puppy she at any time owned by herself.
Winter season-Nolte was in grad faculty “and I considered, ‘I want a puppy! And I bought this cute minor pet. … The doodles were being all the rage, and I thought I was receiving this seriously simple, very low-important, cute, fluffy pet dog just to be my buddy. And he just turned out to be a large amount more intensive than I experienced anticipated,” she reported with a snicker. “He had a lot of electrical power that wanted to be channeled in particular means.”
So she uncovered a coach to perform with Theo and with her — and the coach experienced a German shepherd.
“I ultimately commenced shadowing at the education firm that I was working with and just finding to know extra and a lot more about these doing the job type canine. And I was able to form of get more than my concern by doing the job with Theo.
“So now I possess 3 German shepherds,” she claimed with a giggle. Three is a great deal, but I make it get the job done. They’re remarkable. I do athletics with all of them.”
But Theo is the doggy she’s put in the most time education.
“The connection I have with Theo is incredibly distinct. He’s been about the longest. I’m not stating he’s my preferred, but we just have more of an in-depth romance — variety of for the reason that of the struggles that I have had to go by way of with him. Possessing to troubleshoot, doing the job troubles out with him.”
And functioning with a trainer motivated Winter season-Nolte to grow to be a trainer herself. “It surely was not a thing that I was setting up for,” she explained with a laugh.
Acquiring been seriously bitten herself, she’s now functioning with intense canine of all sizes — like “quite a couple German shepherds.”
“Working as a trainer lets me to avoid people today from possessing an knowledge like I did by aiding persons understand how to communicate with their pet dogs and set boundaries,” Winter season-Nolte mentioned.
“I recall teaching my childhood pet how to roll more than in my bedroom and do tips like that. It was a blast,” she stated. And when the path emerged to turn dog teaching into a job, she reported, “I form of dove into it head initially.”
Which is sort of the way Theo assaults the impediment course: diving in head 1st and rampaging by way of.