As Labradors, we like to get outside to move year-round, but goal-setting is not in our wheelhouse, so we leave that to our humans. Our humans set realistic goals to minimize our risk of injury so that we can continue to move throughout our lifespan. If you’re setting goals for your 4-legged friends, remember the goal needs to be realistic for their needs and abilities. Our humans choose a movement plan designed to keep us cool, comfortable, and safe.
Move more. Move often. Set realistic movement goals for yourself, and your 4-legged friends, that will maximize your ability to keep moving for the long-term.
As Labradors, we like to get outside to move year-round, but we know our movement routine needs to adapt with the seasons. In late Fall and Winter, when temps drop below freezing (and ticks are less active), we take our humans hiking in the woods. When temperatures rise, we still seek soft surfaces, but to minimize the heat of the sun and tick exposure, we look for shady sections of the local Rails-to-Trails. We also get out early to avoid mid-day heat and stop for water breaks. Our humans carry a @nalgene bottle filled with @berkey_filters water for us.
Move more. Move often. Adapt your movement routine as necessary to keep moving safely throughout the year.
Remember your 4-legged friends when planning a vacation.
Some vacations are perfect for including your 4-legged friend (a road trip to a pet-friendly destination). Other vacations require you to leave your pet(s) at home…when you can’t travel with your pet, do your homework to insure the best possible staycation for your 4-legged friends. If you have a friend or family member who can pet-sit, great! If not, get referrals and do your due diligence before choosing a pet-sitter or boarding facility.
Move more. Move with your pets. Factor in your pets when planning a vacation.
As Labradors, we love to take walks with our humans. We know how to follow the rules of the trail and how to share outdoor space with others. When we encounter other trail users, we give them plenty of room to pass. And we ALWAYS obey the leash laws. Not everyone wants to have a close encounter with an off-leash human (or dog), so we always keep our human on a leash. If your humans play well with others, you can take them to a designated off-leash area…our human does not play well with others, so we keep him leashed.
Whether you have 2 legs or 4, get outside and get moving…and when you do, please follow the leash laws, so that ALL trail/park users can enjoy the outdoors!
As Labradors, we would happily get outside and get moving everyday…regardless of weather…ok, full disclosure, we don’t love hot, sunny days, but our love of movement wins out. We understand that some humans tend to make excuses for not moving – too busy, too hot, too cold..so we thought we’d offer a simple piece of advice for making movement part of your lifestyle: Be Consistent. Just move…on most days…
Whether you have 2 legs or 4. Consistency is key to making movement part of your lifestyle.
This is a #flashbackfriday Labrador Lesson from January, when the Labs were hoping for snow…
As Labradors, we don’t read the news, but we see just enough television and social media to know that there is no shortage of negativity in the world. Take a tip from us: focus on the positive and remember to have fun. Our fun times include walking with our humans (on leash, for their safety); chewing sticks; and watching deer 🦌 and turkeys 🦃. We also love frolicking in the snow, but even when there’s no snow, we remember to have fun when we get outside.
Whether you have 2 legs or 4, remember to have fun…in your movement practice, and in the rest of your life. Focus on the positive and create fun times whenever possible.