Which dog reality TV show would win the best show?
The athleticism of agility events plus the drama of competition-reality programming.
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As Fantastic race but with human-dog duets. Competitors travel to places such as Costa Rica and Switzerland to compete for cash prizes, some of which will be awarded to canine charities of their choice.. Derring-do feats like sleigh expeditions and whitewater rafting come with more wacky challenges, including one in which dogs serve as waiters on a cruise ship and swing plates on their backs. The pack was canceled after a season – which may or may not have been due to the leak of undisclosed footage showing dogs in distress in a climbing scene, which led PETA to complain. (Amazon has denied that any dogs were injured or that PETA had anything to do with its decision.)
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In this series of obstacle courses like American Ninja Warrior, dogs and their owners compete on land, in water and on zip lines (!) in timed challenges. Each episode has two man-dog teams from each of the three categories – working dogs (therapy, hunting, breeding), underdogs (pets), and K-9 (cop-dog duos) – but it is often skewed towards the Ks. -9: Dogs may have to sniff out a hidden substance or attack a human with body padding. However, the show does not address how police dog attacks result in thousands of hospitalizations each year, police take little responsibility for these attacks and studies in cities like LA show most victims are people of color. Pure propaganda.