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Many people have dogs. We finally got a dog last summer, a rescue dog from dogswithoutborders.com.

You might notice lots of science mixed with math.  That’s because experiments and data are just part of science.  Anyway, here are some ideas to do with your pooch and a few if you don’t have a dog.

• Calculate how much food it eats in a week, a month, or even a year. (multiplication)
• Time how long it takes the dog to eat it’s food and observe it for at least a week.  Is your dog eating at the same speed each day? (graphing, time)
• While on a walk with your dog, count how many dogs you see out walking or around the neighborhood.  How many did your dog bark at?  What percentage is that?
• If you have a puppy, make a growth chart with age (by week) and the puppy’s growing weight.
If you don’t have a dog or just want to do more math with dogs…
• Gather data of your choice about three or more dogs (They can be friends’ or neighbor’s dogs).  Suggestions for data are height, weight, how fast can they run across a chosen length, how many times can they retrieve a ball thrown in one minute, etc.
• You could do a whole chart on barking, sleeping, or walking habits for different dogs.
Simple things to do…
• While on a walk you can count the number of dog ears you pass (count by 2s) or legs (count by 4s).
• Compare dogs bark type (auditory volume)…how many dogs have high, medium, or low-pitch barks?  Or compare dog sizes (small, smaller, smallest / big, bigger, biggest).
What other math things could you do with DOGS?