MOORHEAD — A K-9 from the Fargo-Moorhead area will be competing in the second season of the Arts & Entertainment network's competition series called "America's Tog Dog."
The show will air this Tuesday night, July 20, at 7 p.m.
This year, Allison Case and her K-9 Niko, of Moorhead, will be featured on the program. Case and Niko are members of the Valley Water Rescue Canine Search Team that serves Cass and Clay counties.
"America's Top Dog" features K-9s, working dogs and "underdogs" from across the country competing for the title of "Top Dog" alongside their handlers on an obstacle course that tests their speed, agility, teamwork and trust.
Niko is a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois/German shepherd mix that weighs 82 pounds and stands 26 inches tall.
The breed is often used for military and police work and is highly trainable. They are also bred for herding sheep and other livestock.
In a promo for the show, Case said Niko is a certified cadaver dog that looks for missing people and can locate body parts.
She said finding bodies and giving them to families can provide closure.
As for the competition, Case said Niko "isn't the fastest dog, but he has good focus, and he'll do anything I ask him to."
"As long as we work as a team, Niko has this in the bag," she said.
Last year, Falco advanced to the finale by winning a competition in an earlier episode. Of the 50 dogs entered, he was one of seven competing in the finale for the top prize of $25,000.
The course last year included jumping over and around cars, navigating a fire escape, leaping over high jumps and racing across a rope bridge. The obstacles are meant to mimic real-life challenges the dogs face on the beat.