Converting Dog Years To Human Years – Dog Age Calculator
For years we have wanted to equate a dog’s age with our age. The general rule of thumb has been each dog year converts into seven human years. Dog behaviorists and dog professionals alike have known that this conversion does not translate well into a dog’s psychological and physical makeup.
An interesting article by Sherry Davis, a contributing columnist for www.Bakersfield.com, provides a different perspective on age based on a WebVet article, “How Old Is My Pet? Correctly Calculate Your Dog or Cat’s Age!” She posts:
“It seems that for as long as I can remember, dog owners have been fascinated with calculating their dog’s age in years compared to its human equivalent.
And for equally as long, the standard measurement most people used was that of multiplying every year of a dog’s age by seven.
Periodically I would read studies stating that this method was inaccurate, but for whatever reason, in the minds of the American dog owner the 7 to 1 formula seems to have become permanently cemented.
Now, flash-forward through several decades of extensive research in canine health and nutrition, including much devoted to the development of foods targeting specific life stage, size and activity levels of dogs, and it should hardly come as a surprise that a revised age-ratio formula has finally been introduced.”
You can find the entire article by visiting this link, http://www.bakersfield.com/news/columnist/davis/x1688918867/SHERRY-DAVIS-How-old-is-your-dog-in-people-years.
The translation of dog years to human years is below:
Figure out your dog’s age
DOG AGE … AGE IN HUMAN YEARS
Although this take on dog years to human years may be closer to reality than the 7:1 conversion, it is still not concise. Have fun with this dog age calculator or guide; and think about it the next time your dog shows an interesting behavior.