The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

The Olate Dogs (orig­i­nally Olate Fam­ily’s Dogs) is an Amer­i­can dog trick act fea­tur­ing father-and-son train­ers Richard and Ni­cholas Olate. The group won the sev­enth sea­son (2012) of Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent, claim­ing the US$1,000,000 first prize.

Richard Olate grew up in San­ti­ago, Chile, where he adopted a stray dog and taught it tricks. He soon adopted more dogs and started a dog act. His brother Jose joined the act and the two caught the at­ten­tion of a cir­cus pro­moter.

Olate Dogs fea­tures four dif­fer­ent five-minute acts that in­clude nu­mer­ous tricks such as dogs jump­ing rope, go­ing down slides, and rid­ing scoot­ers. The act also fea­tures a doggy conga line and a pooch that does back flips. Up to 10 of their 22 dogs per­form dur­ing each show.

The dogs in the com­ing show are Willy, Cholo, Joe, Sodi, Benny, Bob, Mag­gie, Lili, Loca, Oso and Bella and per­form all sorts of stunts from back flips to run­ning on their hind legs and even chore­ographed dance moves.

The Olate Dogs have per­formed in Canada be­fore, but as part of a tour­ing cir­cus. This will be their first time vis­it­ing as a solo act.

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