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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!
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<p><span>Dogs race through a course made up of jumps, tunnels and other obstacles! <a data-id="33501" href="/dogs/dog-care/dog-agility-course" title="Dog Agility Course">Learn More</a>.</span></p>
<p><span>Dogs race through a course made up of jumps, tunnels and other obstacles! <a data-id="33501" href="/dogs/dog-care/dog-agility-course" title="Dog Agility Course">Learn More</a>.</span></p>
<p><span>Dogs perform aerial maneuvers and jaw-dropping tricks in this high-energy event. <a data-id="33546" href="/dogs/dog-care/freestyle-flying-disc-competition" title="Freestyle Flying Disc Competition">Learn More.</a></span></p>
<p><span>Dogs sprint down a stage and launch into a pool, aiming for the longest leap. <a data-id="33538" href="/dogs/dog-care/dock-diving-event" title="Dock Diving Event">Learn more.</a></span></p>
<p><span>Dogs race head-to-head, weaving through a 30-weave pole course as fast as they can. <a data-id="33558" href="/dogs/dog-care/30-weave-up-and-back" title="30 Weave Up and Back">Learn more.</a></span></p>
<p><span>Dogs sprint towards a pool, trying to catch or knock down a bumper hanging over the water. <a data-id="33542" href="/dogs/dog-care/fetch-it-event" title="Fetch-It Event">Learn more.</a></span></p>
<p>Life jacket-wearing dogs on foam boards attempt to “fetch” and ride the waves. <a data-id="33554" href="/dogs/dog-care/surf-dog-competition" title="Surf Dog Competition">Learn more</a>. </p>
<p><span>Jack Russell terriers race to the finish, jumping three obstacles along the way. <a data-id="33550" href="/dogs/dog-care/jack-russell-hurdle-racing" title="Jack Russell Hurdle Racing">Learn More.</a></span></p>
<p>Life jacket-wearing dogs on foam boards attempt to “fetch” and ride the waves. <a data-id="33554" href="/dogs/dog-care/surf-dog-competition" title="Surf Dog Competition">Learn more</a>. </p>
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

    Pink, Jennifer Crank

    30.90

     

  • 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

    Voss, Charlotte Blake

    31'0"

     

  • 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

    King, Travis Hallman

     

  • 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

    Fame (US), Jessica Ajoux

    32.72

     

  • 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

    Spitfire, Sydney Mackey

    26'

     

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

     

    1st Place

    Sugar, Ryan Roustan

    26.25

     

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

     

    1st Place

    Giselle, Susanna Gan

    27.15

     

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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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