In the show, five dogs and their handlers, usually four police K-9 teams and one civilian team, compete in a three-phase competition.
The first phase, the Canine Combine, is an obstacle course that includes the car slalom, the fire escape, the high jump, the rope bridge, and the splashdown. The fastest four dogs through the Combine advance to the next phase.
The next phase is the Boneyard, a scent detection test, where the dogs try to find as many scented objects as possible, and alert their handlers to the find, in a maze of rooms in five minutes or less.
The dog that completes the phase the fastest wins the title of “America’s Top Dog,” $10,000, an additional $5,000 donated to the animal charity of their choice, and the opportunity to compete in the grand finale, which has a $25,000 prize.
Bloom airs in 40 more markets across the country, with a reach of approximately 36 million households, and in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Madison, WI.
You can watch Bloom in the Tampa Bay Market weekdays at Noon on WTTA: Spectrum 1006; Frontier 514; DirecTV 38; Dish 38; Comcast 43, and look for Bloom early mornings on WFLA News Channel 8.
Bloom also streams on Flixx.net.