How Much Exercise Does a Dog Need To Burn 197 Calories?
Today we continue our series on the exercise needed to burn off small portions of commercially available dog foods. The series was inspired by the Washington Post report of the Journal of Public Health study which suggests that people are more likely to make smarter food choices if they are made aware of the exercise needed to burn off those extra calories.
This week, we will use the Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free Beef recipe and translate a one-half cup into an exercise duration. Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free Beef is a dry recipe that has 394 kcals (calories) per 8 ounce cup. (Note- even if you don’t use this food, you can make similar inferences from other food servings that contain a similar calorie density).
How Long do I have to Walk my Dog to Burn those Calories?
For our analysis, we will assume a normally healthy adult dog with no special conditions. We will look at the impact of serving this dog an extra one quarter of a cup of food per week, which translates to just over one half of a tablespoon per day.
Pet Age: Adult
Pet Weight (lbs): 15
Activity: Walking at a slow pace of 2.5 miles per hour
|Activity||Kcals per 1/4 cup||Total Minutes of Activity to Burn Kcals||Total Minutes of Activity if Overfed for a Full Year||Annual Weight Gain if Overfed for a Full Year||% Weight Gain per Year|
|Walking 2.5 MPH||99||275.8||14,339||1.5||9.76%|
As shown in the Table, you would need to walk a 15 lb. dog for almost 276 minutes to burn 99 kcals, the number of kcals in 1/4 cup of Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free Beef dog food. That is near 4.5 hours of walking so you better have good walking shoes.
A Small Amount of Overfeeding Adds Up
The cumulative impact of overfeeding by only ¼ cup per week on this dog is also significant. Remember that ¼ cup per week is the equivalent of about ½ of a tablespoon per day. Doesn’t seem like much does it?
If this dog was overfed by ¼ cup per week, just ½ of a tablespoon each day, then over the course of an entire year, the dog would have to walk a total of over 14,339 minutes (or just over 238 hours) to burn those calories off. And if they didn’t, this dog would gain over 1.5 lbs, or 10% of their bodyweight.
Seems like the numbers add up to a simple conclusion. Measuring and feeding your pet appropriate portions is a smart strategy that will keep them healthy.Please enjoy our FitDog Friday Blog Hop brought to you by SlimDoggy and our co-hosts To Dog with Love and My GBGV Life. Join the Hop or just enjoy the links below - lots of fun fitness tips and advice!