FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 27:23 Celebrate Movement

Labrador Lesson for 6/30/23:

Celebrate Movement.

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.

FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 26:23 “Rest” Is Not a 4-Letter Word

Labrador Lesson for 6/23/23:

“Rest” is not a 4-letter word.

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.

FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 25:23 Paw Protection Reminder

Labrador Lesson for 6/16/23:

Paw Protection Reminder.

As Labradors, we like to get outside to move year-round, but when the heat of Summer arrives, we need to take steps to protect our paws. While we can do a great “hot girl walk,” we want to avoid a hot paw walk!Our humans adapt our route to seek shade and soft surfaces. If we need to walk in the sun, we avoid the mid-day heat, and our humans test the surface temperature with their hands before we put our paws at risk. If the surface temperature gets too warm, we’ll cut our walk short or find a cooler, soft-surface route. The goal is to keep moving year-round…without risking an injury.

Move more. Move often. Adapt your movement routine as necessary to keep your 4-legged friends safe and healthy through the Summer.


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 24:23 Set Realistic Movement Goals

Labrador Lesson for 6/9/23:

Set realistic movement goals.

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.


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 23:23 Adapt for the Seasons

Labrador Lesson for 6/2/23:

Adapt for the seasons.

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.

FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 22:23 Remember Your 4-Legged Friends When Planning a Vacation

Labrador Lesson for 5/26/23:

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.

FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 21:23 Leash Your Humans

Labrador Lesson for 5/19/23:

Leash Your Humans.

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!


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 20:23 Be Consistent

Labrador Lesson for 5-12-23:

Be Consistent.

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 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.

FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 19:23 Remember to Have Fun

Labrador Lesson for 5-5-23:

Remember to have fun.

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.


FitLabPGH Lab Lessons 18:23 Don’t Get Ticked Off

Labrador Lesson for 4/28/23;

Don’t get ticked off.

A reminder from the Labs before you opt outside to enjoy Spring hiking, biking, walking, or running…while ticks don’t have an official “season,” the arrival of warmer temperatures means ticks will be more active. 3 tips to reduce your dog’s tick risk. 1. Use flea & tick meds year-round and get the Lyme Disease vaccine if recommended by your vet. 2. Check your dog (and yourself) for ticks after every outdoor movement session. 3. If temperatures are above freezing, stay out of tall grass/vegetation. Bonus tip: check out the TickEncounter Resource Center at www.tickencounter.orgfor tips on tick bite prevention and post-bite resources.

Whether you have 2 legs or 4, awareness is key for a safe, healthy Spring and Summer!