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Woodland Park PD K-9 team succeeds on ‘America’s Top Dog’

K-9 Rico during Christmas
Christmas time for K-9 Rico
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K-9 Rico breaking the rules
Rico
Nap time for K-9 Rico
Dutch
Up-and-coming K-9 Dutch
Rico and Dutch
K-9 Rico and his predecessor Dutch
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Dutch practicing good listening skills
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Hard day's work for K-9 Rico
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K-9 Rico, serving and protecting

WOODLAND PARK, Colo (KRDO) -- The show 'America's Top Dog' has become very popular amongst dog lovers, testing police K-9 teams on speed, agility, scenting skills and teamwork.

This season, Woodland Park Police Officer Tim Bradley and his K-9 Rico, came in second place by only five seconds.

Bradley and Rico were contacted by A&E to be on the show last year. In July 2019, they filmed the show with several other teams. Wednesday, February 5th, 2020, the show aired on the network.

Rico, who's 9, and Officer Bradley were the oldest team on the show, but that didn't stop them from taking second place.

"It was something I'm glad that we got to do especially near the end of his career," Officer Bradley told us. "He enjoyed it. He loves the spotlight and the cameras."

The show was all fun and games. Out on the streets, Rico and Officer Bradley are all work.

"Everything from SWAT training with stacks, to the narcotics, he does pretty much all of it," said Officer Bradley

But their companionship spans farther than just colleagues.

"Being a single dad, oftentimes I work and when he's at home with the kids, I don't worry because he's going to take care of them to the best of his ability," said Officer Bradley.

With all the training and work he does on a regular basis, Rico has earned the title of being one of the nation's fast and furriest.

Rico turns 10 this coming March. Officer Bradley told us he will have a job until he can't work anymore. In the meantime, Officer Bradley has begun to train a new future K-9, Dutch, who should be ready to get out into the field in a few months.

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Dani Fried

Dani is a weekend GMC anchor and reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Dani here.