Puppy Bowl pooches train with White House dogs

In this image released by The White House, Bo, left, and Sunny, the Obama family dogs, on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013.  It doesn't matter that they belong to President Barack Obama — first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii's strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their holiday vacation. Hawaii is rabies free and all incoming dogs have to jump through several hoops, including an expensive rabies blood test and 120-day waiting period. Dogs that don't meet regulations are quarantined up to 120 days.  (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza, File)
In this image released by The White House, Bo, left, and Sunny, the Obama family dogs, on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. It doesn't matter that they belong to President Barack Obama — first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii's strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their holiday vacation. Hawaii is rabies free and all incoming dogs have to jump through several hoops, including an expensive rabies blood test and 120-day waiting period. Dogs that don't meet regulations are quarantined up to 120 days. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four-legged participants in Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl” have been coached by two of the most famous dogs in America: White House pets Bo and Sunny.

Michelle Obama and her furry companions recently helped more than a dozen pups from animal shelters around the country get ready for the canine competition during drills on the South Lawn of the White House.

The “Puppy Bowl” is like a football game, but the players are pooches in need of loving homes.

Dogs score touchdowns when they cross the goal line with a toy, and bios of each puppy on the roster appear on screen to let viewers know how to find them for adoption.

The program airs Sunday, the same day as the Super Bowl, on Animal Planet.

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