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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: Marnie the Dog attends the Vulture Festival Opening Night Party sponsored by DirecTV at The Top of The Standard on May 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Vulture Festival)

Everybody knows the term, “dog years;” which is equivalent to 7 “human years.” As it turns out, “dog years,” might not even be a real thing, according to a new study by the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

They have figured out a better way of figuring out your dog’s age in relation to humans with a new formula.

Here’s the main difference; at the beginning, dogs age much faster than humans in their first year (a 1-year-old dog would be like the equivalent to a 30-year-old person) but as they get older, the age slower. It is kind of weird to think about it; a 9-month-old dog could start having puppies. So while the study disproves the 1:7 ratio of dog’s lives, turns out we still don’t have the best way to relate dogs ages to our own.

Every dog is different, and age is only a number after all!

Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige