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Nat Geo Wild collars “Alpha Dogs”

U.S. cable net Nat Geo Wild has greenlit 16-part series Alpha Dogs, which follows the training behind a special elite force of police dogs.
September 11, 2012

U.S. cable net Nat Geo Wild has greenlit 16-part series Alpha Dogs, which follows the training behind a special elite force of police dogs.

Exec produced by reality TV star Jack Osbourne and Rob Worsoff of Schweet Entertainment, each 30-minute episode promises exclusive access to the kennels and trainers at Indiana’s Vohne Liche Kennels, one of the largest police-dog training facilities in the country.

For Nat Geo Wild, the executive producers are J-T Ladt and Ashley Hoppin, and the senior VP of development and production is Janet Han Vissering.

Alpha Dogs will focus on these highly trained dog heroes that have muscle and smarts,” said Nat Geo Wild exec VP and general manager Geoff Daniels.

“Our viewers will love to see the incredible drills and exercises the dogs undergo, follow the instruction process with their dedicated trainers who carry top security clearances, see the application in the field for military and police units, and even watch the fun they have playing fetch on their days off.”

Osbourne added: “We are excited to partner with Nat Geo Wild on this project and show everything from examining how the dogs are trained to detect drugs, weapons and improvised explosive devices to finding a hidden cell phone in a prison cell, to focusing on other real-world situations in everyday communities.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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