Create a Movement Routine for Your 4-Legged Friends.
Whether you’re a human or a dog, having a movement routine makes it easier to make movement part of your lifestyle. When “Life” disrupts a scheduled movement session, an established routine makes it easier to get back on track. One tip for sticking to your movement routine: keep your movement tools where you are going to use them (shoes by the door; leashes in the Jeep).
Move more. Move often. Create a movement routine to help make movement part of your lifestyle.
When we take our human staff out for a walk, we keep him on a short leash…for three main reasons. 1. He tends to make bad decisions, and we don’t want him dumpster diving or chasing squirrels 🐿️ . 2. We don’t want him to wander off and get lost…especially because he’s not microchipped. 3. We actually enjoy hanging out with him, and a short leash keeps him close by for frequent petting and water breaks.
Move more. Move often. For the safety of dogs and humans, keep each other on a short leash.
Yesterday was National Spoil Your Dog Day. The Labs have proposed that EVERY day should be spoil your dog day, and they have 3 tips to help you spoil your dog. Tip 1: Spend time with your dog(s). They like being with you! Tip 2: Move with your dog(s) on most days. This will help your dog (and you) live a long and healthy life. Tip 3: Give them healthy treats. The Labs love blueberries and carrots, but there’s nothing wrong with the occasional pup cup!
Take home message from the Labs to all the dog owners out there: Make every day Spoil Your Dog Day (in a healthy way).
Today’s Labrador Lesson is a combination of Friday Fun and weekly gratitude. Three reasons we’re thankful to be the Labs of FitLabPGH. 1. We get to move most days, and we love to move. 2. When we move, our humans make it all about us (our pace; shade; soft surfaces; water breaks; and leashes to keep us safe). 3. Our humans (a.k.a., The Staff) know we’re more than walking buddies, and we’re not just accoutrements…they treat us as part of the family.
Our take home message to the dogs out there: Move more. Move often. Be thankful for your humans, just as they’re thankful for you.
As Labradors, we enjoy moving outside year round. We’ve mentioned that we prefer walking/hiking on soft surfaces, especially during the Summer because soft surfaces usually stay cooler than hard surfaces. We don’t want to burn our paws! One disadvantage of soft surfaces? It can be harder to spot dangerous debris (glass, thorns) on soft surfaces. So our request to you is to be alert. Watch where you’re walking…especially if you’re walking with dogs who aren’t wearing shoes. We’d like to avoid having a piece of glass (or a thorn) stuck in one of our paws. Even though you probably wear shoes, broken glass can hurt you too…so be alert, and do your part to keep trails and parks free from broken glass!
Whether you’re a human or a dog, get outside and move more this Summer…and when you do, be alert, watch for dangerous debris, so that you and your dogs can keep moving safely through the Summer.
As Labradors, we enjoy EVERY opportunity to move…but we know that moving through the Summer requires certain safety precautions. Here are our top 5 tips to keep your dogs moving safely through the Summer heat.
1.Get moving early (avoid mid-day heat). 2. Seek shade to reduce radiant heat. 3. Seek soft surfaces- easier on the joints + soft surfaces stay cooler, offering some paw protection. 4. Move at the dog’s pace. 5. Bring plenty of fluids. The Labs enjoy @berkey_filters filtered water in their own @nalgene bottles.
Whether you’re a human or a dog, get outside and move more this Summer…and when you do, follow simple precautions to keep you moving safely through the Summer heat.
As Labradors, we enjoy EVERY opportunity to move…even when it’s hot…or cold…or rainy…or snowy…Humans don’t necessarily want to go for a walk/run in what they consider to be “bad” weather. It’s your job, as a dog, to remind your human that tired dogs are happy dogs (even if they’re wet, dirty, tired dogs). Once you get the humans outside and moving, they may remember that movement is fun, and healthy, for dogs AND humans.
Whether you’re a human or a dog, remember that movement is good for your physical and mental health! Take home message from the Labs to all the dogs out there: get your humans to make movement part of your lifestyle (and part of their lifestyle).
As Labradors, we enjoy EVERY opportunity to move…even when it’s hot…or cold…or rainy…or when the air quality is bad due to Canadian wildfires…Humans sometimes focus on the negative aspects of their movement practice…weather, crowds, difficulty level…instead, try focusing on the positive…celebrate your opportunities to move.
Whether you’re a human or a dog, remember that the opportunity to move is worth celebrating! Move more. Move often. Celebrate your opportunities to move.
As Labradors, we like to move every day. Our humans mix in longer and shorter movement sessions, but after 7-10 days of walking/hiking/running, we’re due for a rest day. We may get a bit stir crazy by the end of that rest day, but our humans tell us that regular rest days reduce our risk of injury and help us keep moving throughout our lives.
Whether you’re a human or a dog, remember that Rest is not a 4-letter word. Design a movement plan that incorporates rest and includes activities you enjoy. Move more. Move often. Make time for rest and recovery.