Purina Pro Plan Revolutionizes Dog Training With Introduction Of Free Mobile
App To Complement New SPORT Product Line
Pro Football Legend and Three-Time Super Bowl Champion Daryl 'Moose' Johnston
Takes His Dog To New Orleans Week of Big Game with App That Tracks and
Monitors Canine Athletic Activity
ST LOUIS, Jan. 28, 2013
ST LOUIS, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Expert dog training is now available
in the palm of your hand.
Purina Pro Plan P5, an innovative mobile app launched by Purina® Pro Plan® ^
brand dog food, is revolutionizing the way active dog owners train and play
with their pets. The P5 app is the next generation of dog training technology
that offers dog owners of all breeds and sizes specialized mobile lessons in
agility, dock diving, flying disc, obedience, running and strength training
and is available for free via the Apple App Store.
"We believe that inside every good dog is a great dog," said Heather Gettys,
brand director at Purina Pro Plan. "Every dog has an incredible natural talent
just waiting to be discovered, and if you invest the time and effort using the
app, you will experience the satisfaction and pride that comes with helping
your dog unleash that talent."
Using a proprietary algorithm developed by an internal team of experts that
included PhD nutrition physiologists and a world-renowned canine exercise
physiologist, Purina Pro Plan P5 allows dog owners to set, track and share
personalized fitness goals for their dogs, based on breed, weight and body
condition. Once users set a goal, they can develop a weekly training plan
comprised of a combination of high / low impact activity, agility and
obedience training sessions. The Purina Pro Plan P5 app contains
step-by-step video demonstrations and easy-to-use instructions from top Purina
Pro Plan trainers to help guide users through each lesson. Owners and their
dogs can also earn Greatness Points and individual badges for achieving weekly
goals and completing specialized lessons.
The Purina Pro Plan P5 app is part of the Purina Pro Plan SPORT product
portfolio launch which offers three formulas to fuel athletic dogs based on
activity level – from everyday exercise to competitive performance.
As part of the Purina Pro Plan's P5 launch, football legend Daryl 'Moose'
Johnston has teamed up with Purina Pro Plan to give his dog Gunner, a
3-year-old yellow Labrador, a chance to shine on the field.
"If it wasn't for my trainers and teammates, I never would have had the
opportunity to win three Super Bowls," said Johnston, three-time Super Bowl
Champion with the Dallas Cowboys and current pro football analyst. "Now I can
be Gunner's trainer and teammate using my Purina Pro Plan P5 app. He gets the
same joy out of training that I had during my playing days and it's motivated
me to get out and be more active with him."
Johnston, who began training Gunner with the P5 app in early January, has been
amazed with Gunner's increased activity and progress in sport and agility
"I always knew Gunner was a great dog; I never knew he was this great. His
progress is incredible," added Johnston.
Johnston and Gunner will showcase the power of the Purina Pro Plan P5 app at
the "Canine Combine," a football inspired performance and training exhibition,
with renowned Purina Pro Plan dog trainer John Casey, in New Orleans on
Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Westin Hotel parking lot located at 100 Rue
Iberville adjacent to Waldenberg Park. The event is free to the public and
will kick-off at 11 AM CT.
Purina Pro Plan SPORT was created by pet nutritionists and performance experts
who truly understand an active dog's nutritional needs. The range comprises
three different formulas: Purina Pro Plan SPORT ACTIVE, for dogs that exercise
regularly; Purina Pro Plan SPORT ADVANCE, for more athletic dogs; and Purina
Pro Plan SPORT PERFORMANCE, for those dogs taking part in competition and/or
training to compete.
"More and more people are taking part in activities such as 5Ks and half
marathons and more of them want to exercise with their dogs," said Robert
Tochterman, brand manager, Purina Pro Plan. "There are already many
performance nutrition products to help people excel in sport. By giving dogs
the right kind of nutrition, we can help promote their athletic abilities in
the same way."
"This combination of nutrition and the P5 app gives dog owners the support
they need to lead their dogs on their personal journey to greatness," added
The Purina Pro Plan SPORT product line is available nationwide at pet
specialty retailers beginning January 2013. For additional information on
Purina Pro Plan SPORT and the Purina Pro Plan P5 app, please visit
About Purina Pro Plan
Purina® Pro Plan® supports pets and their owners on their personal journey
toward greatness. The brand offers a complete line of dog and cat food made
with high-quality ingredients for outstanding nutrition and taste, in a
variety of formulas to help meet a pet's unique needs based on life stage,
lifestyle and breed size. By providing this top-tier nutrition for dogs and
cats, plus key resources and tools, Purina Pro Plan believes it can help pets
reach their full potential –so they can live healthy, happy lives.
About Nestle Purina PetCare
Nestle Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, humane education,
community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The
North American headquarters for Nestle Purina PetCare is located at
Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Nestle Purina PetCare is part of
Swiss-based Nestle S.A. -- the world's largest food company. For more, visit
SOURCE Purina Pro Plan
Contact: Logan J. Williams, Catalyst Public Relations, An IMG Company,
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