|Steve Skrovan (1991–1993)|
Wil Shriner (1993–1995)
|Roxie Stice (1991)|
Susan Pari (1991–1993)
|Dog Co-Host (Final Season)|
|Gene Wood (1991)|
Dean Miuccio (1991–1995)
|Albert Wallace Enterprises|
Northstar Entertainment Group
That's My DOG! was a game show where dogs are the stars.
Two teams of three (sometimes two) family members and their dogs competed in a series of events fit for the dogs. These included going through a maze, performing tasks, the dogs' masters answering dog-related questions, and finally a standard dog obstacle course.
The first was usually a head-to-head competition played under a 30 or 60-second time limit. Usually, both dogs often received points based on their performance, with the better performing dog earning an additional ten points. For example, in one event, the dogs went down a line of doggy treats (on pie plates), and for each one eaten, they would get 2 points, with a 10-point bonus for the dog who could eat more of them faster.
During the second part of the show's first season, the Round 1 competition was played for 20 points (10 if the race was half done).
From then on, each dog played separately. In Round 2, each dog had 30 seconds to perform a stunt for points. For instance, in one event, the dog had to bring slippers back to their master, picking up 5 points for each slipper brought back and 10 bonus points for each matching pair. Another event gave the dog 30 seconds to jump over a bunch of hurdles of varying heights, starting at one point for the lowest one, and six points for the highest. If a hurdle got knocked over, it was out of play.
Have a Ball (Season 1)Edit
In Round 2 of the Season 1 shows, the dogs faced a tray of six balls. Their job was to fetch balls back to their masters. Each fetched ball was worth 5 points for a maximum of 30.
Round 3: Mixed-Up MazeEdit
The third round was known variously as the Mixed-Up Maze, the "Twisting, Turning, Tricky Trail" and various other terms. Each dog had 45 seconds in the first few seasons (60 starting in the fourth season) to get from the starting gate to their master at the finish line (who, true to the theme of the show, would be waiting in a doghouse structure starting in the fourth season). Along the way, the dog might be distracted by a sand trap filled with dog food, a toy car, a water bowl, and other things. A dog making it through would earn 20 points, with the faster dog getting 10 bonus points (only applicable if both dogs completed the run). If a dog left the maze at any point other than the regular exit by jumping over the outer wall or in the last two seasons, climbing the stairs on the slide and sliding down the slide, that dog would be disqualified for the event and score no points for the run (and starting in the fourth season, a 'Runaway Dog!' graphic would pop up on the screen and sirens would go off). However, jumping within the maze structure was acceptable.
During the early episodes of the first season, the maze was played first.
Canine Quiz Round (Season 1)Edit
During the show's first season, the dog's masters played the "Canine Quiz Round". Host Skrovan asked a series of dog-related questions, and the first player to buzz in (also called 'barking in') was given a chance to answer. An incorrect answer from the bark-in player allowed an opponent to answer. Each correct answer was worth 5 points. For the first few episodes, the round was played to time. Later on in the first season, there were six questions in all, with the sixth and final question of the round worth a special prize from the Doggy Bag.
The fourth round had two different formats:
In the first three seasons, this round was the "Talent Showcase", where the dogs would perform a talent of some sort within a 30-second time limit, then a panel of three audience members would give the dog up to 30 points (10 from each panelist). After both dogs performed, the audience members won prizes.
Note: During the early episodes of the first season, the Talent Showcase was played second but under a different name which was "Tricks 'n' Treats".
In the show's final season, the dogs and their masters went to the Doggy Bowl to play another game. Each dog would do a stunt much like in round 2, usually lasting 30 seconds, and would score points based on their performance.
Final Round: Doggy DecathlonEdit
The final round was the "Doggy Decathlon", an obstacle course. In the first season, the dog would have 60 seconds to complete 8 obstacles; in the second and third seasons, the number of obstacles was reduced to 7. In the fourth and final season, the dog would have 100 seconds to complete 10 obstacles. The course varied from week to week, but always (starting in the second season) ended with the dog leaping through the big letter "O" in the "That's My DOG" sign. Each completed obstacle earned 10 points; in the first season, a 20-point bonus was awarded if the dog completed all 8 obstacles within the time limit but during the second and third seasons, it was increased to a 30-point bonus if the dog completed all 7 obstacles before time ran out; in any case, a perfectly completed course would yield a total of 100 points. A dog could skip an obstacle, but jumping through the sign would always end the run, regardless of time remaining.
The team with the most points won the game. The winning family received prizes, while the winning dog won a year's supply of dog food (originally from Iams in the first season, later from Kibbles 'n' Bits for the next three seasons, and finally Vital Essentials for the last two seasons) and a gold medal. Should the game end in a tie, both families and their dogs won the prizes and dog food. In the one episode where the final score was a tie, the dogs took turns wearing the medal; presumably, both dogs later received one. During the show's fourth and final season, there was a silver medal for the runner-up, and a gold one for the winner, both brought out by the show's resident dog Tiny.
- Celebrity Dogs – Celebrity dogs Rin Tin Tin (of Rin Tin Tin K-9 Cop) and Dryfuss (Bear from Empty Nest) competed, but they each came in with one master; they both played for charity.
- Christmas – In the last season there was a Christmas themed show with appropriately themed events.
- Puppy Love – Also in the last season of the show, there was a special Puppy Love episode aired where puppies did the events the adult dogs normally did. One of the puppies was actually only 10 days old (announced on the show), surprisingly enough. This turned out to be one of the lowest scoring games (before the Doggy Decathlon) in the history of the show, with both puppies struggling to reach double digits before the final event. It was likely the only time in the final season that both contestants failed to finish the decathlon before time expired (and neither of them got close, the closest one still had 3 or 4 obstacles to go when time ran out).
Scott V. Smith
both in Orlando, FL
Based on the British show of the same name presented by Derek Hobson and John Viner.