A lot of people enjoy walking their dogs. It’s a nice way to get some steps in and get some bonding with your best friend.
It gives you a chance to get out and see what’s happening in the neighborhood or it might be just be an opportunity to clear your head.
But it can also be super dangerous.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University released the results of a study…where they found that the number of dog-walking injuries has quadrupled in the past 20 years…and over two decades, 422,000 people have gone to the emergency room after being hurt walking their dogs.
Women…and people ages 40 to 64…made up most of the patients.
The most common injuries were finger fractures . . . traumatic brain injuries…and shoulder sprains and strains.
And some tips to make dog-walking safer include: Shorter leashes to avoid tripping on them…avoiding places where a dog is known to be distracted…and using front-attaching harnesses to help keep the dog from pulling.