Dog Activity By State: How Does Your Pup Measure Up?

With the start of every new year people set new goals for themselves: financial goals for the upcoming year, weight loss goals, personal growth, and all kinds of little goals in between. What about goals for our pets? With the Whistle app, our users can set activity goals for their dogs to make sure their pups get enough daily exercise based on their age, weight and breed. So, with everyone setting new goals for 2017 (including our pups), let’s take a look back at how our four-legged friends did with reaching their activity goals in 2016.

We took a look at activity goal data from our Whistle users and summed up a few key findings for 2016, including: the most and least ‘active’ states based on the number of activity goals achieved, the most and least active month of 2016, and the dog breeds that consistently met their ambitious activity goals (a.k.a the overachievers).

Here’s what we found…

For most activity goals met, the top states were:

  1. Nebraska (I know we were surprised too)
  2. Wyoming comes in with a close second place
  3. South Dakota
  4. North Dakota
  5. Mississippi snatches the final spot of most motivated dogs and/or dog-owners.

We can only assume that the first four states have so many wide open spaces (perfect for dog frolicking) that so many pups reached their goals. For Mississippi, way to go… we’re impressed!

The states with the least amount of activity goals met were:

  1. Hawaii comes in with the lowest goals met.
  2. Florida
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Arizona
  5. Oklahoma

Looks like some of the warmer temperatures might hinder some activity, or maybe just induce more afternoon napping – but we can’t say for sure!

Want to know which breeds met their activity goals the most? Read on!

Here are our over-achieving, goal-reaching top canines:

  1. German Shorthaired Pointer takes the lead for meeting the most activity goals.
  2. Yorkshire Terrier is in a close second place -- a small but mighty breed.
  3. Brittany
  4. Alaskan Klee Kai
  5. Pointer

That sums up the top five stars of the class, the best in breed, or maybe just the most motivated dog-owners? Well done!

Our bottom (but still adorable) breeds that struggled to reach their activity goals in 2016 were:

  1. Newfoundland comes in at the bottom, but that’s OK, all that hair is heavy!
  2. Bulldog
  3. Akita
  4. Chow Chow
  5. Puggle

That’s OK guys – there’s no shame in napping on the couch with your Bulldog buddy every once in awhile.

If you’re looking for motivation to get active in the new year, it might be time to adopt a Pointer and move to Nebraska …. just kidding.

Oh, and for 2016, the most motivated month is, no surprise, January. Most activity goals were met at the start of the year, while the least amount of goals were met in August (seems just like us humans).

That sums up our look back at activity goals for 2016.

Ring in the new year with some fresh activity goals for you and your pup! Let’s see how you measure up for next year!

*Goals averaged 42-53 minutes of activity per day.


Dec 21, 2016

Tags:   pet health   dogs   dog activity monitor   gps pet tracker  

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