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Physical activity, dog ownership and falls among older adults: a breed apart
  1. Theodore D Cosco1,
  2. Benjamin L Storey2
  1. 1 Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  2. 2 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chinook Regional Hospital, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Theodore D Cosco, Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX2 6PR JU, UK; Theodore.cosco{at}, tdcosco{at}

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We read with great interest Wu et al’s article ‘Dog ownership supports the maintenance of physical activity during poor weather in older English adults: cross-sectional results from the EPIC Norfolk cohort’, highlighting the relationship between dog walkers and increased physical activity.1 Clearly, there are myriad positive implications of increased physical activity among older adults; however, as the authors rightly conclude, their findings ‘suggest that dog walking, where appropriate, can be a component of interventions to support physical activity in older adults’ …

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  • Handling editor Martin Bobak

  • Contributors TDC wrote the first draft. BLS conceived the idea. Both authors equally contributed to the editing and revision of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.