NBC - A new study suggests that dog walking injuries are on the rise among older Americans.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found an uptick in the number of fractures in seniors associated with walking leashed dogs.
Most of the injuries are to the hip and upper extremities and are happening most often in women.
But researchers say the potential for injury doesn't mean you should hang up your dog's leash.
Researchers stress the importance of obedience training and making sure the dog is taught not to lunge while on a leash.
They also suggest smaller dogs or more easily trainable dogs for older Americans.