Alpha Dogs

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 7.30pm, Nat Geo Wild In the heart­land of In­di­ana, there’s a train­ing fa­cil­ity un­like any other. It’s one of the largest po­lice and mil­i­tary dog train­ing ken­nels in the world. With gram­mar as dodgy as his hair­cut, Kenny, one of the five bik­ers who run this place, says: ‘‘ They’re not pets, it’s a f . . kin’ tool.’’ This made me un­sure about just who the ‘‘ f . . kin’ tool’’ was. Oh, and there are so many se­crets, in­clud­ing blur­ring the faces of spe­cial forces per­son­nel. ‘‘ Our dogs got the op­por­tu­nity to take down fa­mous ter­ror­ists — names you’ve heard of that we just can’t talk about,’’ says boss guy Danny. Oh re­ally? Why not? It’s not as if the ter­ror­ists’ lawyers are go­ing to sue. Look, the dogs are great, and they try so hard to work out what they are be­ing taught to do in tough cir­cum­stances it al­most makes you cry. But there’s just too much filler, such as the scene in which team mem­bers learn to ab­seil. ‘‘ You look like the prize bull at the county fair.’’ Quite.

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