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The Incredible Dog Challenge

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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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Incredible is coming to St. Louis

Incredible is coming to Purina Farms on September 28th. Come watch some of the best canine athletes from across the country compete in the National Finals of the Twenty-Second Annual Incredible Dog Challenge.

INCREDIBLE ACTION

Explore the lineup of feet-flying, gravity-defying and awe-inspiring events that make up the Incredible Dog Challenge.

DOG AGILITY COURSE
DOG AGILITY COURSE

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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DOCK DIVING EVENT

Dogs sprint down a 40-foot stage before launching into a pool, aiming for recording breaking length as they hit the water.

30 Weave Up and Back
30 WEAVE UP AND BACK

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.

FREESTYLE FLYING DISC
FREESTYLE FLYING DISC

Dog/human teams perform together in this high-flying, high-energy event featuring aerial maneuvers and jaw-dropping tricks.

FETCH-IT EVENT
FETCH-IT EVENT

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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JACK RUSSEL HURDLE RACING

Six Jack Russell terriers race to the finish line while leaping three obstacles and then flying through a narrow foam tunnel.

SURF DOG COMPETITION
SURF DOG COMPETITION

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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MOUNTAIN DOG

Canine competitors crawl, climb, balance, and paddle through a challenging course that spans land and water.

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FLYBALL

Dogs take turns blazing their way over a series of hurdles to retrieve a tennis ball in this 4-dog relay race where speed and timing rule the day.

INCREDIBLE SCIENCE

Learn about the incredible science behind elite canine athletes. For more information on sources, click here

DOGS BURN FAT AT ALMOST 2X THE RATE OF HUMANS
DOGS BURN FAT AT ALMOST 2X THE RATE OF HUMANS

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
INCREDIBLE SPRINTERS
INCREDIBLE SPRINTERS

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
INCREDIBLE ENERGY
INCREDIBLE ENERGY

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
SMALL DOG BIG JUMPS
SMALL DOG BIG JUMPS

Most small dogs can jump 6 times higher than their hip height.

ONE GIANT LEAP
ONE GIANT LEAP

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.

Dog's main energy comes from fat, not carbs

A dog's main energy source comes from fat, not carbs.

Source:Reynolds et al., Iams Nutrition symposium,1996
Vo2 MAX
Vo2 MAX

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

Source:Reynolds et al., Iams Nutrition symposium,1996
30/20
30/20

SPORT Performance 30/20 has 30% protein, 20% fat to help fuel metabolic needs and maintain lean muscle in active dogs.

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SPORT formulas deliver fine-tuned nutrition to promote strength and endurance.

THE LEADERBOARD

See which dogs came out on top on the field, at the dock and in the water.

2019 WESTERN REGIONALS
SMALL DOG AGILITY

Champion: Joss, Linda Johns 35.15
2nd Place: Cisco, Keith Highely
3rd Place: Fable, Suzanne Boldt

LARGE DOG AGILITY

Champion: Vim, Kim Terrill 35.26
2nd Place: Pepper, Kim Fuqua
3rd Place: Kaboom, Amber McCune

DIVING DOG

Champion: Aegon, Dane Seidlitz 32’2”
2nd Place: Sling Shot, Rachael Brinkman
3rd Place: Leo, Linda Bonner

FETCH IT

Champion: Sounders, Laurel Behnke 25’
2nd Place: Slingshot, Rachael Brinkman
3rd Place: Reese, Tammy Strassenberg

JACK RUSSELL RACING

Champion: Crocket, Bill Castle
2nd Place: Up Shiraz, Barbara Chestnut
3rd Place: Case, John Ohlheiser

FREESTYLE FLYING DISC

Champion: Maya, Brad Deney 91
2nd Place: Afrika, Oscar Mauricio Arevalo Sanchez
3rd Place: Torch, Kirby McIIveen

30 WEAVE UP & BACK

Champion: Kenobi, PJ O’Connior
2nd Place: Pepper, Kim Fuqua
3rd Place: Vim, Kim Terrill

MOUNTAIN DOG CHALLENGE – WOMEN’S

Champion: Kodi, Becca Kreski 2:03:43
2nd Place: Mr. Biggs, Pam McWilliams
3rd Place: Gidget, Alicia Nelson

MOUNTAIN DOG CHALLENGE – MEN’S

Champion: Price Dudeman, Ryan Thor 2:08:62
2nd Place: Goose, Nick Carlton
3rd Place: Mac, AJ

2018 NATIONAL FINALS
SMALL DOG AGILITY

Champion: Pink, Jennifer Crank 30.90
2nd Place: Pre, Laura Dolan
3rd Place: Wren, Betsey Lynch

LARGE DOG AGILITY

Champion: Fame(US), Jessica Ajoux 32.72
2nd Place:  Paddy, Anita Tipton
3rd Place: Mako, Kristie Moser

DIVING DOG

Champion: Voss, Charlotte Blake 31'0"
2nd Place: Leo, Linda Bonner
3rd Place: Liam, Scott Dempsey

JACK RUSSELL RACING

Champion: King, Travis Hallman
2nd Place: Up-Shiraz, Barbara Chesnut
3rd Place: Crocket, Bill Castle

FETCH IT

Champion: Spitfire, Sydney Mackey 26
2nd Place: Gunner, Jay Young
2nd Place: Slingshot, Rachael Brinkman

30 WEAVE UP & BACK

Champion: Wren, Betsey Lynch
2nd Place: Paddy, Anita Tipton
3rd Place: Rauri Belle, Dianne O'Reilly

FREESTYLE FLYING DISC

Champion: Muse, Jeff Hill 93.3
2nd Place: Torch, Kirby McIIveen
3rd Place: Riley, Mark Faragoi

SMALL DOG SURF

Champion: Giselle, Susanna Gan 27.15
2nd Place: Kai, April Pasko
3rd Place: Gidget, Alecia Nelson

LARGE DOG SURF

Champion: Sugar, Ryan Roustan 26.25
2nd Place: Derby, Kentucky Gallahue
3rd Place: Turbo, Gary Lavliere

2017 EASTERN REGIONALS
SMALL DOG AGILITY

Champion: Sundae, Angie Benacquisto 32.07
2nd Place: Lyric, Cindy Glover
3rd Place: Crackers, Andy Mueller

LARGE DOG AGILITY

Champion: Paddy, Anita Tipton 34.01
2nd Place: Notch, Amber McCune
3rd Place: Luna, Shane Miller

30 WEAVE UP & BACK

Champion: Notch, Amber McCune
2nd Place: Lyric, Cindy Glover
3rd Place: Swift, Jennfier Crank

DIVING DOG

Champion: Big Griz, Tony Lampert31’3”
2nd Place: Yay Oh, Crystal McClaren
3rd Place: Storie, JD McKinght

FETCH IT!

Champion: Bo, Crystal McClaran
2nd Place: Ice, Brain Butler
3rd Place: Flank Sinatra, Cyndy Douan 

FREESTYLE FLYING DISC

Champion: Quincy, Alisa Vargas 90.0
2nd Place: Bazooka, Mat Bilderbeck
3rd Place: Bella Burone, Danny Venegas

JACK RUSSELL RACES

Champion: Moondoogie, Terry Lawrence
2nd Place: Crocket, Bill Castle
3rd Place: Kane, Jim Drain

2017 WESTERN REGIONALS
SMALL DOG AGILITY

Champion: Kirk, Channan Fosty32.41
2nd Place: Cisco, Keith Highley
3rd Place: Hedy, Susan Cochran

LARGE DOG AGILITY

Champion: Tobie, Elicia Calhoun McIloy34.86
2nd Place: Force, Kim Terrill
3rd Place: Sprite, Shelly Vandevelde 

30 WEAVE UP & BACK

Champion: Wren, Betsey Lynch
2nd Place: Champ, Bill Molloy
3rd Place: Sprite, Romy Dupan-Demers

DIVING DOG

Champion: Hudson, Amy Peterson30’10” 
2nd Place: Inde, Michon Mills
3rd Place: Q, Jan Elizabeth

FETCH IT!

Champion: Hudson, Amy Peterson25’
2nd Place: Saphira, Melissa Ness
3rd Place: Murphy, Emily Hyler

FREESTYLE FLYING DISC

Champion: Torch, Kirby McIlveen92.0
2nd Place: DJ Pan, Blanco Kim
3rd Place: Hocus Pocus, Ellie Stivers

JACK RUSSELL RACES

Champion: Up Shiraz, Barbara Chesnut
2nd Place: Soulman, Brad McClure
3rd Place: Finn, Bob Jones

SMALL SURF DOG

Champion: Sully Ron Davis29.81
2nd Place: Gidget, Alecia Nelson
3rd Place: Giselle, Susanna Gan

LARGE SURF DOG

Champion: Turbo, Gary Lavliere28.15
2nd Place: Haole, John Murphy
3rd Place: Teddy, Daniel Sloppye

2017 NATIONAL FINALS
SMALL DOG AGILITY

Champion: Kirk, Channa Frosty33.69
2nd Place: Sundae, Angie Benacquisto
3rd Place: Pixel, Ami Sheffield

LARGE DOG AGILITY

Champion: Tobie, Elicia Calhoun Molloy37.11
2nd Place: Notch, Amber McCune
3rd Place: Luna, Shane Miller

30 WEAVE UP & BACK

Champion: Wren, Betsey Lynch
2nd Place: Idgie, Terry Herman
3rd Place: Lyric, Cindy Glover

DIVING DOG

Champion: Detox, Craigh Knowles32’8”
2nd Place: Storie, JD McKnight
3rd Place: Big Griz, Tony Lampert

FETCH IT!

Champion: Bo, Crystal McClaran26’
2nd Place: Hudson, Amy Peterson
3rd Place: Gunner, Jason Young

FREESTYLE FLYING DISC

Champion: Torch, Kirby McIlveen92.5
2nd Place: Bazooka, Matt Bilderbeck
3rd Place: Hocus Pocus, Ellie Stivers

JACK RUSSELL RACES

Champion: Drako, Daren Shiver 
2nd Place: King, Travis Hallman 
3rd Place: Up-Shiraz, Barbara Chesnut 

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