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Alpha Dogs is a weekly half-hour reality series on Nat Geo Wild that focuses on the work of the dog trainers at Vohne Liche Kennels. Vohne Liche is owned and operated by Ken Licklider, a Senior Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. Licklider founded the company in 1993, and it has grown to employ 18 trainers working on-site, and six additional trainers who work off-site. Non-employee experts also periodically contribute to Vohne Liche training programs. All of the trainers have military and/or law enforcement experience, and the focus of the training is to provide dogs to military and law enforcement K-9 teams.

The training facility itself is located in Denver, Indiana, and boasts hundreds of acres of property, including dorm facilities for students, a store that sells training-related equipment, and a variety of school, warehouse, and other buildings. The team often travels across the United States and internationally to train dogs on-site for police departments, branches of the military, federal agencies, private security companies, and other clients.

The pilot episode, which aired on February 8, 2013, finds trainer Bobby Roettger under pressure to ensure that the current crop of canine and human students are ready to graduate and join Special Forces K-9 teams. In addition to Lidlicker and Roettger, trainers Luther McDonald and Danny Parker also make early appearances in the series. Over the course of the season, dogs are trained to sniff out illegal drugs, IEDs and other explosive devices, attack and neutralize armed assailants, recover missing persons living and dead, and even fly in and rappel out of helicopters.

Alpha Dogs is produced by Schweet Entertainment, which is run by Jack Osbourne and Robb Worsoff, who serve as Executive Producers of the show. Osbourne has said that he was not a dog person before working on the show, but he has come to be amazed at what the animals are capable of.

Friday 9:00 PM et/pt on National Geographic Wild
1 Season, 16 Episodes
February 8, 2013
Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama, Kids & Family, Reality
Cast: Denny Heide
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Alpha Dogs Full Episode Guide

  • It's an emotional time for the VLK team as they attend the funeral of two police dogs who have fallen in the line of duty. It's a reminder of the important role that their jobs play in saving lives. Back at the kennel, Kenny goes to work showing replacements to Matt, one of the officers who lost his dog. He puts two dogs to work showing their bite and courage skills, leaving Matt to decide which will be his new partner.

  • Wade and Kenny visit a Michigan sports club in an effort to to save money by purchasing dogs from the U.S. instead of Europe. Elsewhere, Danny plans to surprise Kenny for his birthday; and Bobby and Luther take the dogs out for a night-training class.

  • An acclaimed horse trainer requests a dog, but the dog's trainer is afraid of horses. Also: The VLK crew work to complete their new bar.

  • Kenny creates a new protection program geared toward supplying dogs to politicians and Hollywood stars. Later, he deals with a group of dogs that are out of control.

  • The dogs sniff 500 lockers in 45 minutes at a local high school. Later, the team sweeps a parking lot during a Cincinnati Bengals game.

  • Kenny prepares to train a group of 26 new dogs.

  • The gang visit Arizona to witness the graduation of a class of Tactical Explosion Detector Dogs, a group of canines specifically trained to sniff out explosives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • The Pentagon also orders a dog last minute and with the highest standards, the dogs are put to the test. With the K-9 Olympics coming up, Kenny is very upset when construction on his state-of-the-art kennel is behind schedule.

  • Kenny has been training a dog named Max to sniff out illegal cell phones, and now the dog is being put to the test, searching for phones in a functioning jail facility.

  • The leaders of the charity visit VLK with an officer who is looking for a K-9, but after he makes his selection, Bobby and Kenny are shocked to learn the dog needs to be comfortable working in and around water.

  • A group of soldiers are paired up with dogs before they are educated about detecting bombs.

  • A client is looking for a cadaver dog.

  • Kenny wants to take the hard working team "turtling" as a reward; but first they have a lot of work to do. Danny and Kenny test a group of dogs' reactions at a police department. Also, Luther needs to teach some dogs to detect explosive odors in only a few days. If he can't get done in time they won't be able to go turtling.

  • Bobby is pressured to make sure the Special Forces troops will be ready to graduate from VLK's dog handling program. Also, Kenny and his team go to a training seminar commemorating a fallen officer and former VLK student. They go through training exercises, which includes a rappelling challenge.

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