Some advantages of owning a dog for elderly people:
1. The well-trained large dog gives a sense of security or safety.
2. They have a good reason for regular exercise, walking the dog.
3. Touching your pet reduces tension and blood pressure.
4. The companionship of a pet alleviates loneliness and depression.
5. The feeding and caring of a pet provides an outside focus.
6. A pet also helps an elderly person feel useful and needed,
7. A pet gives a reason to get out of bed in the morning.