‘Alpha Dogs’ Path to Stardom

Celebrity Q&A, Featured Article
on February 26, 2013
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How did Jack Osbourne discover the guys at the VL Kennels for the “Alpha Dogs” series?
—Kenny Kerner, Baton Rogue, La.

Back in 2006 as part of the reality series “Armed & Famous,” Osbourne, 27, was one of five celebrities who trained to become a reserve officer for the Muncie Police Department in Indiana. Following the training, Osbourne was officially sworn in as a reserve officer and, to this day, he has maintained his status with the department.

“It was the head of the canine department that introduced me to the guys because that is where he got his dog from,” the London-born son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne says. “I have always had a love for dogs and that is where the root of this comes from. When I was introduced to these guys, they were all such big characters. I was, ‘This is a show.’ I met them in 2007. It took me five years to work them, ‘Hey do you guys want to do a TV show?’ Eventually, they agreed.”

“Alpha Dogs” goes behind the scenes at the Vohne Liche Kennels, one of the premiere K-9 training centers in the world for dogs that become members of the military, the Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies worldwide—and put their lives on the line to save others.

“These dogs do get killed in the line of duty, but they do save people’s lives in the process,” Osbourne says. “It is a tough moral issue, especially for the guys to deal with, because they connect with the dogs and they have to send these dogs off to war. Every time they send off one of their dogs, it is like sending their kids off to war. But it is for the greater good at the end of the day. That is what you have to look at. They are protecting airports and planes. They are capturing the bad guys.”