The Link Smart Pet Wearable is rich with health-related tools and data that help pet parents understand and manage their pet's total health and wellbeing. One key health metric that Link users will find in the app is a calories metric. This shows you the calories your dog is burning each day.
You may be wondering how this calorie metric is calculated? Link uses a "total burn" calculation. This is a combination of the calories burned by movement and exercise coupled with the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), the calories burned while at rest or while performing basic bodily functions. This is why you may notice a small number of calories burned early in the day before your dog has had any true exercise or activity.
Your dog's total burn shown in the Link My Pet companion app is based on Link's activity/exercise tracking metrics plus the profile information you input about your dog including weight, breed and more.
It's important to note here that the activity data largely plays into the calorie burn calculation, but the activity metric is often somewhat misunderstood as well. The activity data is not going to report every step and movement, so as to not attribute "activity" to something as small as a dog circling and resettling to get comfortable while taking a nap or lounging on the couch. Instead, Link's algorithm is looking to report active steps for a more accurate representation of how much true exercise your pup is getting.
Understanding your pup's calorie burn can help you make important decisions about their diet, food consumption, and exercise needs for a happy and healthy four-legged best friend.
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