updated 11/13/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/14/2012 AT 6:00 PM ET
With the twinkle in his eye and his apple-pie smile, not to mention that fat-free torso, Ryan Lochte is fully-equipped to get anybody’s attention. Still, a little extra never hurt.
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!’”
Carter joined Lochte for his Sexiest Man Alive shoot, in which Lochte showed off his flawless physique while lying on the sand.
“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.”