5 facts ABOUT THE OLATE DOGS
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.