Ryan Lochte poses with his dog, Carter, in People’s Sexiest Man Alive photo shoot.

Meet Carter, a 5-year-old Doberman pinscher and the Olympic swimmer’s lady magnet.   “He is a good wingman because he’s a beautiful dog,” Lochte tells PEOPLE. “Girls come up to me and go, ‘Oh my god, where’s Carter? He’s so good looking!’”   His pup joined him at People’s Sexiest Man Alive shoot, in which Lochte showed off his olympian physique.   “He’s my best friend and I love him,” Lochte says. “I just need to take him wherever I go and I’ll be set.”

Channing Tatum is People’s Sexiest Man Alive, the magazine announced Wednesday. The 32-year-old hunk was adorably humble when he found out he’d be following stars like Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt and George Clooney as this year’s honoree.