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The Incredible Dog Challenge
For more than 20 years, Purina® Pro Plan® has given incredible canine athletes the platform to showcase their amazing abilities in exciting events like dock diving, flying disc, agility and more!
INCREDIBLE IN ACTION

Extraordinary performances. Amazing science. Inspiring stories. The incredible Dog Challenge has it all.

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  • Dog/owner teams make run through a challenge course that’s made up of a variety of jumps, A-frames, tunnels and other obstacles. Fastest time wins!
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    Speed and precision help these small dog come out on top.

     

    1st Place

    Kirk, Channan Frosty

    33.69

     

  • This head-to-head race sends two dogs weaving through a 30-weave pole up-and-back course as fast as they can without missing a pole.
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    The fastest obstacle weaver of the day.

     

    1st Place

    Wren, Betsey Lynch

     

  • Dogs sprint down a 40-foot stage before launching into a pool, aiming for recording breaking length as they hit the water.
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    Big air, big splashes and longest leap earn this dog top honors.

     

    1st Place

    Detox, Craig Knowles

    32'8"

     

  • Dog/human teams perform together in this high-flying, high-energy event featuring aerial maneuvers and jaw-dropping tricks.
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    Athletic prowess and shownmanship earned this routine top scores. 

     

    1st PLACE Torch,

    Kirby McIlveen

    92.5

     

  • Quick and agile Jack Russell terriers  chase a lure, jumping three obstacles before finishing through a narrow foam tunnel. Fastest dog wins!
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    Blink and you might have missed this speedy canine.

     

    1st Place

    Drako, Daren Shiver

     

  • Life jacket-wearing dogs try to catch and ride a wave on their foam boards with the help of their handler.
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    Speed and precision helped this large dog beat the competition.

     

    1st Place

    Tobie, Elicia Calhoun Molloy

    37.11

     

  • Dogs run off a 40-foot stage and try to catch or knock down a bumper which hangs 4 feet above the water.
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    This mid-air fetch went the distance.

     

    1st Place

    Bo, Crystal McClaran

    26'

     

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    This dog rode the wave to the top of the pack.

     

    1st Place

    Turbo, Gary Lavliere

    28.15

     

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    This dog rode the wave to the top of the pack.

     

    1st Place

    Sully, Ron Davis

    29.81

     

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    INCREDIBLE MOMENTS

     

    See our gallery of incredible moments captured at the  Incredible Dog Challenge.

     

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    A diet that's high in fat and protein can increase an active dog's metabolism and his endurance.

     

     

    Source:
    Reynolds et al., Iams Nutrition symposium,1996, Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats in Nutrition Research Council 2008, Ch. 11, pp 285-287

     

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    During sprint racing, dogs will burn energy at a rate 3 times greater during the initial burst of acceleration (first 7.5 seconds) compared to rate of burning energy during the rest of the run (up to 1 min).

     

     

    Source:

    R. Staaden, 1984

     

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    A dog’s muscles store 50x more energy as fat when compared to the total amount of carbohydrates stored in muscle as glycogen.

     

     

    Source:

    Internal calculation based on estimates of body fat and muscle glycogen content from Kobryn and Brzezinska, 1978

     

  • Most small dogs can jump 6 times higher than their hip height.
  • On a pound for pound basis, dogs can produce more muscle power in comparison to humans which is one reason they can jump so high and so far.
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    A dog's main energy source comes from fat, not carbs.

     

     

    Source:

    Reynolds et al., Iams Nutrition symposium,1996

     

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    Concentrated Nutrition of SPORT 30/20 helps optimize oxygen mertaoblism for increased endurance.

     

     

    Source:

    Reynolds et al., Iams Nutrition symposium,1996

     

  • SPORT Performance 30/20 has 30% protein, 20% fat to help fuel metabolic needs and maintain lean muscle in active dogs.
  • SPORT formulas deliver fine-tuned nutrition to promote strength and endurance.
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    Read about some of our canine athletes' incredible journeys to the competition.

     

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    Incredible diver,

    incredible service dog,

    incredible Inde.

     

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    Haole is a natural when it comes to catching waves and capturing hearts.

     

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    Inde is not only a top diving dog, she also gives back.

     

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    Storie is one a three canine competitors to break the dock diving world record.

     

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    At 8 1/2 years old, Haole still hangs ten.

     

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    A strong bond can go a long way on the agility course.

     

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    Storie is a strong competitor and a strong companion.

     

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    Last year, Notch and Amber took 2nd. Can they top the podium this year?

     

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    Voice commands help Anita and Paddy achieve victory.

     

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    From rescue dog to top racer.

     

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    Agility not only brought out their competitive side, but also brought Notch and Amber closer together.

     

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