FARGO — It was treats and belly scratches Wednesday night, Jan. 8, as Fargo Police Officer David Cochran and his K-9 partner Falco beat Team Dax in the third round of the premiere episode of "America's Top Dog."

The A&E competition show, which premiered Wednesday, features American police K-9 units as well as one civilian team as they face off in three rounds of "high velocity, furry competition," according to the series description. Featuring a variety of tasks and a K-9 obstacle course, the winning team each week receives $10,000, plus an additional $5,000 to donate to an animal charity.

The show gave the Fargo Police Department duo first-class tickets to fly out to New York on Wednesday to prepare for the next round of competition — the grand finale featuring the series' weekly winners competing for ultimate bragging rights and a $25,000 cash prize.

WDAY-TV spoke with Falco and Cochran on Wednesday as the two relaxed in their New York hotel room.

Cochran said they gave Falco some sedatives to calm him down, but they had plenty of room on the flight.

New episodes of "America's Top Dog" air at 8 p.m. Wednesdays on A&E. However, the network has not yet announced the airdate for the finale.