Saturday, October 1 Delia, Chewy and I will be attending the 19th Annual Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Finals at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri. Delia and I have gone in the past and we both had a fantastic time. We didn’t make it last year, so this year will be Chewy’s first time.
This competition is the “Olympics” of canine sports, with events including high-flying disc routines, 30-Weave-Up-And-Back, Large and Small Dog Agility courses, Jack Russell Hurdle Racing, Diving Dog and Fetch It!
The event features winners from this year’s western and eastern regional competitions, 2015 National Finals, and qualifying winners of the open qualifying rounds. Dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes compete in the challenge.
My favorite events are the Diving Dog and Fetch It! competitions. These athletes are incredibly focused as they run 40-foot dock into a 19,000-gallon pool of water.
Incredible Dog Science
This year Purina Pro Plan has partnered with three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor to create a three-part “Incredible Dog Science” video series exploring the physics, evolutionary advancements, and mechanics of the canine body. In the series, Misty May-Treanor competes head-to-head with Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge competitors. Experts provide in-depth analysis to explore how and why canine athletes are capable of amazing feats. They examine the science behind the agility, power, and speed of the canine athletes vs May-Treanor.
Episode #1 Agility – analyzes the differences in velocity and trajectory between May-Treanor and competitor Schemer, a border collie, as they dart through weave poles.
Episode #2: Speed – demonstrates the significant effects that body mechanics play in enabling and inhibiting mobility as May-Treanor takes on the Jack Russell Terrier.
Episode #3: Power – puts May-Treanor’s volleyball prowess to the test by focusing on activities like jumping and diving to highlight the sheer strength that propels a dog like the Belgian Malinois in its movements versus a human.
Watch it live and follow along!
If you want to watch the live stream of the 19th Annual Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Finals visit https://www.proplan.com/dogs/incredible-dog-challenge/#channellistingslivestream and follow along on social media using hashtag #IncredibleDog and following @ProPlan on Instagram and Twitter.