FARGO — One of the Fargo Police Department's police dogs will get a chance to show their skills in the newest competition from TV network A&E.

On each episode of "America's Top Dog," which will premiere at 8 p.m. Central time Wednesday, Jan. 8, four police K-9 units and a civilian team from across the country compete "in three rounds of high-velocity, furry competition," according to A&E.

Fargo police announced in a Thursday, Nov. 21, Facebook post that one of its K-9 units will compete on the show.

Teams are tested on speed, agility and teamwork by completing a series of tasks on one of the biggest and toughest K-9 obstacle courses ever assembled, which was designed to mimic real-life challenges these dogs face every day at their jobs. That includes a complex maze to locate scented items, apprehending a suspect and other difficult tasks.

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Each week's winning team receives $10,000, plus an additional $5,000 to donate to an animal charity. All of this leads up to a finale that will bring the top competitors together to battle it out for a $25,000 cash prize and the title of "America's Top Dog."

A Fargo police spokeswoman said the name of the department's competing dog team isn't being released yet.