VWVortex.com - 1 human year = 7 dog years...1 human minute = 7 dog minutes???

# Thread: 1 human year = 7 dog years...1 human minute = 7 dog minutes???

1. Weird question that is probably impossible to know, but I was thinking about this on the way home from work an hour later than normal the other day. Do dogs (or other animals for that matter) experience time at the same rate as us? For example, when I had to stay at work an hour later the other day, do you think my dog realised I was an hour late? Or even if I had come home early that morning, does he realise he was left alone for a shorter amount of time? Or does it matter whether it's 10 min or 10 hours, they just know they were alone for what seemed to them to be forever!

2. I think it would, because the math works out.
A simple proof:
(7 dog years = 1 human year)
=(7 dog years = 1 human year) * 365 days per year
=(2555 dog days = 365 human days)
=(2555 dog days = 365 human days) * 3600 minutes per day
=(9198000 dog minutes = 1314000 human minutes)
then reduce to get
(9198000 / 1314000) <--> (7 dog minutes = 1 human minute)
So, it is true. As to how the animals experience time, there is no way to know.

3. But.. how did they REALLY come up with 7 dog years?!

4. I dont think dogs have any real concept of time. Sometimes I'll run out real quick for fifteen minutes and my dog acts like i've been gone all day when i get back.

5. It's not that animals experience time differently from us, it's that their cells age/mature faster than human ones. ie dogs mature in 1 year which would be like 16 for most humans. The life expectancy of most dogs is 10-15 years which is about 70-75 for humans.

6.  Quote, originally posted by VWGolf2.0 » I dont think dogs have any real concept of time. Sometimes I'll run out real quick for fifteen minutes and my dog acts like i've been gone all day when i get back.

[IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] It's true, dogs don't have the concept of time the way humans do. They can't reason, their minds aren't that advanced.
That said, my female is just as off-the-wall excited to see me when I come from from work as she is after I run out the door for 30 seconds to grab the male.

7.  Quote, originally posted by Ryouko » [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] It's true, dogs don't have the concept of time the way humans do. They can't reason, their minds aren't that advanced. That said, my female is just as off-the-wall excited to see me when I come from from work as she is after I run out the door for 30 seconds to grab the male.

Your hubby, or the mail man?
The whole 1 human year = 7 dog years isn't true anyway. Well, in the sense of averages, it is, but in realtiy, dogs age basically 12 human years in the first 2, and 5 human years for the remainder of their lives. IE: a 2 year old dog is like a 24 year old human. Something like that (it's about all I remember from college biology...).

8.  Quote, originally posted by bawlsyTDi » Your hubby, or the mail man? The whole 1 human year = 7 dog years isn't true anyway. Well, in the sense of averages, it is, but in realtiy, dogs age basically 12 human years in the first 2, and 5 human years for the remainder of their lives. IE: a 2 year old dog is like a 24 year old human. Something like that (it's about all I remember from college biology...).

Nice catch. I'll have to go with MAIL for that one.
I've also seen charts that show there is a difference between the age in 'human years' for large breeds is different than small breeds, and that the number of 'human years' actually varries by each year the dogs gets older.

9.  Quote, originally posted by Jaw » I think it would, because the math works out. =(2555 dog days = 365 human days) * 3600 minutes per day

Um, there are 1440 minutes in a day.
60 min in an hour * 24 hours in a day = 1440 minutes in a day.
You are confusing 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour so therefore 3600 seconds in an hour (that's where "3600" comes in).
Let's try again although it really doesn't matter.
(7 dog years = 1 human year)
=(7 dog years = 1 human year) * 365 days per year
=(2555 dog days = 365 human days)
=(2555 dog days = 365 human days) * 1440 minutes per day
=(3679200 dog minutes = 525600 human minutes)
then reduce to get
(3679200/ 525600) <--> (7 dog minutes = 1 human minute)
It still works out though b/c the "3600" you used hit both sides of the equation.
Bottom line is that if a dog year is 7x as long as a human year, then any unit of time in dog's terms will numerically work out to be 7x the equivalent human time unit if dog time is linear-ly related to human time.

Modified by gti_matt at 10:51 AM 1-11-2006

11. I was told there would be no math...

12. Size also matters....even thought I was told, "Size doesn't matter."
Anyways, the size of the dog is important too. A 10 year old Rottie is older than a 10 year old min pin. But at the younger age, the smaller dog is older than the big dog. The small dog remains older(I mean the body is physically older) for the first two years or so. Then as time progresses the big dog catches up, then is even, then durring older age the bigger dog is older. That's why they don't live as long...theoretically. Look, no math!!

13. Well, the problem is, if you have a dog thats lazy, 3/4 of the times if u notice, they're sleeping allot, its frustrating yes but also pretty simple to understand. us humans sleep around 8 hours to 12 hours a day. if dogs are sleeing 3/4 of our day, thatd equal to about 4 days total for them sleeping in 1 day for us, so in realit, its all natural in a dogs life i think

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