I was watching the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge this evening and one of the competitors mentioned a website that calculates a dog's age based on various factors - www.dogage.com. I checked it out and found it to be quite interesting! My dogs ages according to this site are as follows: Dakota (age 8) is 35.3. He rated slightly older because he is "underweight" according to their scale, though later they mention that weight control may help a dog stay younger and help with arthritis. When I redid it to make him fatter, he came out 35.2.
Bodhi (age 6) is 26.6. He rated older due to "general health problems" but all I put was allergies.
Wylie (age 3) is 13. I'm not suprised at all. Actually, I'm suprised he made it to teens, 'cos he's more pre-teen in maturity. Goofy puppy, probably forever.
I have no idea as to the accuracy of these ages in relation to actual dog lifespan, but it is a rather fun test.
Christy
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I was watching the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge this evening and one of the competitors mentioned a website that calculates ... 35.2. Bodhi (age 6) is 26.6. He rated older due to "general health problems" but all I put was allergies.

I thought it was ludicrous in the end. Because I can see ribs on my dogs they are "underweight." Because there weren't more than 3 different times a day where they "exercised to the point of panting" (they get one several-mile run a day) they were called "underexercised." Because I don't give the Lyme or pneumovax, they are in danger of disease because they are inadequatly exercised. Since I wrote that sometimes friends give them treats (they do), I was told "more than one person feeds the dog so watch their weight!" But then they're malnourished too...

So I felt it jumped to huge conclusions i.e., if you don't give your dog every vax known to man they're going to count it older because it's inadequately protected...
I was watching the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge this evening ... to "general health problems" but all I put was allergies.

I thought it was ludicrous in the end. Because I can see ribs on my dogs they are "underweight." Because ... you don't give your dog every vax known to man they're going to count it older because it's inadequately protected...

i was kind of disgusted by it too. i don't give kennel cough or lyme vaccs. for shame! and my dog is underweight! again, for shame! and she eats people food. the HORROR.
i liked their list of "super premium" foods too- proplan, iams, science diet.

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Saskia came out at 7.4 years. I also was bothered by her being classed as "underweight" I checked "slim", and her vet and lots of Dane people say her weight is ideal. She is also undervaccinated, they said we don't HAVE rabies here!!! Nor heartworms. And because Saskia is allowed to eat as much as she wants twice a day (because she doesn't want much (2 - 3 cups) and won't eat three times a day) I have "poor feeding practices", and because it doesn't ask WHERE I take her for her walk, I had to check that I "sometimes" use a leash so I was called to task on that too. What about providing for me taking her to a large dog-specific off-lead running area, as I do? Sheesh.
Katrina
So I felt it jumped to huge conclusions i.e., if you ... they're going to count it older because it's inadequately protected...

i was kind of disgusted by it too. i don't give kennel cough or lyme vaccs. for shame! and my ... she eats people food. the HORROR. i liked their list of "super premium" foods too- proplan, iams, science diet.

Yep. I was really hoping it would be a good overview and give me some useful information. I know my dogs get premium health care, eat premium food, and are extremely fit. The reason you can see ribs on both of them is because they don't have an ounce of fat. But they have tremendous muscle. I do give kennel cough but there's no reason to give Lyme or Pneumovax. Yes, there's Lymes here, but very little, and I've heard too many bad things about the vax to give it.

Ah well, another website that could have been good, but isn't.
Ah well, another website that could have been good, but isn't.

I was curious about why they required an email address so I checked their privacy policy (and they told an untruth about why they need your email address, so I stopped right there). Contained in their privacy policy is a mention that the site is sponsored by Purina.

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Yep. I was really hoping it would be a good overview and give me some useful information. I know* my ... many bad things about the vax to give it. Ah well, another website that *could have been good, but isn't.

The website is nothing more than a market data gathering engine for animal food. I believe Purina's behind it, but that belief can't be proven via Whois - it's just based on wording in the survey. ("Would you like information by mail regarding special events, promotions, and new pet food products from DogAge or from Purina?")
Don't believe a word it says.

Kate
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I was curious about why they required an email address so I checked their privacy policy (and they told an ... so I stopped right there). Contained in their privacy policy is a mention that the site is sponsored by Purina.

Which is why I gave them a munged address and other faked info. But if I had read the other comments here about the test itself, I wouldn't have wasted my time on it.
Spenser came out very well - in spite of being underweight (those slight ribs) and malnourished and undervaccinated. I thought underweight and (even) undervaccinated could actually be good things. We should now be giving a Lyme disease vaccine no matter where we live or what the other risk factors are?
I think we got the malnourished part because in addition to measuring his food, I also let him guide me in the amount. I meant both by his weight and appearance and also by his own hunger level to sme extent. Gee, and I thought it was a good thing.
I almost quit when I saw that it was Purina that was considered super-premium foods. And yet they warned me of feeding too high a protein and fat content.
And the body type pictures would be completely misleading for some breeds. For instance, Spenser has a definite waist. Sassy is more correct to the breed standard which calls for a square dog with very little waist.

~~Judy
Spenser came out very well - in spite of being underweight (those slight ribs) and malnourished and undervaccinated. I thought underweight and (even) undervaccinated could actually be good things.

What did they describe as ideal weight and how do they think you should decide how much to feed?
Emmett is sitting right here, and he says "More food is always better."

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