Olate Dogs is an American dog act featuring father-and-son trainers Richard and Nicholas Olate. The group won the 2012 season of America’s Got Talent, claiming the US one million dollar first prize.
Olate Dogs features a mix of poodles, labradoodles, schnoodles and Yorkiepoos who perform tricks such as jumping rope, going down slides and riding scooters. The act also includes a doggy conga line aplus a talented canine that performs back flips. Up to 10 of their 22 dogs — of which 80% are rescues –perform during each show. Amy Reiter of the Los Angeles Times called Olate Dogs “the most talented puppies on the planet.”
Richard Olate grew up in Santiago, Chile, where he adopted a stray dog at age 10 and taught it tricks. He soon adopted more dogs and created a dog act. His brother Jose joined the act and the two eventually caught the attention of a circus promoter. They came to America in 1989 and found success as part of Circus Vargas. Eventually Richard’s wife Rebecca and son Nicholas joined the act as well.
Olate Dogs have performed in both the Big Apple Circus and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. They appeared in TV commercials and on multiple morning programs before becoming national stars on America’s Got Talent. Subsequently, they have toured the country, performed during NBA halftimes and are frequent guests on late-night, national television.
The Olate Dogs travel across the continent, amazing audiences with their talents and supporting dog rescues and shelters all across America.