The new series, premiering next year on Nat Geo Wild, takes this duo to seven cities to find the most unbelievable and inspirational canine stories

By Amy Jamieson
Updated September 28, 2016 11:33 AM

Cesar Millan has a serious doppelgänger in his son Andre.

The dog trainer’s 22-year-old protege will have you doing a double take on their new show Dog Nation, which premieres in early 2017 on Nat Geo Wild — and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at father and son in action.

Taping kicked off in Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park on Thursday as the pair worked with the non-profit Throw Away Dogs Project, a group who rescues stray and abandoned working breed dogs and trains them to become police dogs. Nat Geo Wild says the duo will meet with many charities like this one as they travel to other cities like San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, D.C., St. Louis and Los Angeles.

But it’s not all about the dogs. Like any road trip — the two travel in a swanky trailer with their faces emblazoned on the side — there will be moments of bonding. Memories are already popping up on Millan’s Instagram feed, like a quiet “moment” of contemplation in Illinois by Andre and a dive into deep dish pizza for Dad.

“Alright Chicago, I’m going to do the unthinkable,” Cesar says in a clip of himself preparing to down a giant slice of Chicago-style pizza. “I’m not very much cheese tolerant, but I’m gonna eat it for Bear Nation.”

It’s clear the experience will bring the two closer together.

“I’m thrilled to hit the road with my son for our first joint project,” Cesar said about their show in a statement. “Andre is a natural, and has been helping me teach humans and rehabilitate dogs for his entire life. With his help, I’m confident that we will be able to find the most inspirational and moving stories that our country has to offer. But I’m not sure what’s going to be the bigger challenge — helping the biggest problem dogs in America, or living in such close quarters with my 22-year-old son!”