Yep, it’s a new dog reality TV show that begins Thursday July 10 at 8 p.m. on CBS. The Washington Post reports:
Like some human reality shows, “Greatest American Dog” requires the participants, both four- and two-legged, to live together during the competition. R.J. Cutler, the show’s executive producer, described the “canine academy” as a shared situation that is fun for the dogs and homelike for the people.
“But you also find there are issues, not just with dogs eating others’ food and playing with their toys,” Cutler said. “You have 12 different approaches to training dogs, with 12 people who are certain theirs is the best way to have a relationship with a dog. And you’ll see how the dogs work and perform beyond what anyone could ask.”
The weekly challenges go beyond high-flying tricks and standard obedience commands. Each episode tests a specific quality, such as loyalty, courage or intelligence, Cutler said, and is designed to show how humans and animals cooperate.
And no, that’s not a Scottish Terrier second from the top on the left, but rather a Giant Schnauzer, sometimes mistaken for a Scottie or a Black Russian Terrier, as the Scottish Terrier and Dog News has previously reported.