Running with your Dog to Burn Calories

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For both humans and dogs, running is a great way to burn calories and stay lean. When compared to walking, running can burn a lot more calories per minute of exercise and even help build muscle tone (if you are pushing hard enough). Why is running more efficient at burning calories than walking (or other lower intensity) activities? Because intensity directly impacts the calorie burn.


Calories Burned while Running

There is a mathematical formula often used to estimate calories burned:

Intensity x time X body weight = Kcals burned

Obviously, the greater the intensity, the higher the calories burned per unit of time. Running with your dog, at a fast pace (as fast as you can handle), is the key.


Let’s take a look at a graph of calories burned by a 50 lb. dog at different running speeds.


dog calories burned from running



As you can see, the faster and more intense the speed, the more calories are burned. Indeed, running at “only” 6 MPH for 30 minutes will burn more than 3 times the calories as will a slow walk!


Furthermore, there has been some recent research that suggests that higher intensity workouts can burn even more calories after the workout is over. This phenomenon, known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC, is even more reason to include running (or other high intensity exercise) in your dog’s (and your own) exercise programs.


The bottom line is that keeping your dog lean can result in a longer and more active lifespan for them, almost 2 years longer on average. Similar benefits are available to humans who stay fit and lean. Running is one of the best ways to accomplish this, so what are you waiting for? Get outside with your dog and “just run”!


References and Further Reading

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  1. Hi Y’all!

    Y’all look so great running. Eventually we reach an age or suffer an injury when running is no longer an option so we have to walk more and increase or substitute other forms of exercise.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  2. It was great to see you running together. I hope I will find a good area once too where we need no leash. Easy “burnt” calories today literally while touching an electric fence (great drama lol). Have a great friday!
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  3. I am doing pretty good at working my body up to a full run session. I have extended the amount of time in the intervals. At first it was 2 mins walk, 2 mins run, I have extended that quite a bit. My dogs love the intervals actually because once we start to walk again, they like to smell every telephone pole we walk by! BOL But I think i’m doing pretty good at building up to a good run! Thanks SLim!
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  4. Great tips! Especially good to know about EPOC. See you later… gotta run! hehe! Happy FitDog Friday
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  5. Mom is so happy to have a real excited running partner again. Bailie does a real good job and enjoys it so far. It has also mellowed Bailie down a little bit. Long walks tire us out, but nothing works as well as a run to drain dog energy!
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  6. Running with your dog also has the added benefit of making you run faster to keep up!

  7. Great information on the benefits of running! I especially love the chart–on average, Barley and I walk at about a 3.4 mph pace, so it’s really neat to see how that fits in with the different running paces on the chart. Maybe we’ll be inspired to pick up the pace a little more every now and then 🙂
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  8. Love to see how happy running makes Jack! Plus keeps you in shape too

  9. Cricket and I are getting out there running, but we still need to work on picking up the pace!
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  10. Great post about calorie usage and running. We love to run, even if it just to chase the squirrel up the tree.
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  11. I am not a runner but the dogs and I walk at a 4-6 MPH pace so we burn a lot of calories! Thanks for the great info and inspiration as always.

  12. Right now I feel like the kids in elementary school – I’m in a “walk – run – walk” program at the moment, but I’m determined to keep it going. Great post, will share – thanks
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  13. What a great video, Jack is so happy!
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  14. Nice video. I like the way Jack conquered the hill. 🙂
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  15. Great message as always SlimDoggy. Glad you’re out there spreading the FitDog word 🙂
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