Pets have the ability to encourage their owners or caregivers
Pets have the ability to encourage their owners or caregivers, especially the elderly adults, providing someone to take care of, someone to work-out exercises with, and someone to help them forget, heal from a physically or psychologically past troubles. Having a pet will also help people to achieve goals in health, such as low blood pressure, or even mental goals, such as stress or depression. There are pieces of evidence that having a pet can help a person lead a longer and a healthier life. The National Institute of Health went through a study, which found that the people who owned dogs were less likely to die as a result of a heart attack than those who didn't own one. Other studies which have shown that, especially for the elderly, good health may be a requirement for having a pet and not a result. Dogs are trained to become guide dogs that can help people with blindness. Dogs that are trained in the field of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) are known to benefit people with other disabilities.