How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Get a Dog
This is a common question and something that a lot of kids need to deal with. Personally, I think that all kids should be allowed to have a dog; not all parents agree with me, of course. Dogs require a lot of time, a lot of work, and sometimes they even require a lot of money. This is usually why parents decide not to get a dog.
How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Get a Puppy
- Fulfill all of your household duties so that you can prove you are responsible enough to buy and take care of a dog.
- Save enough money to buy a dog and have money put away for his upkeep and medical care.
- Do research on the breed of dog you want to purchase and make sure you can explain how the dog is going to fit into your family.
- Explain what you are going to do when you leave the house for college or your first apartment outside of the house.
- Make a contract with your parents.
5 Things to Discuss With Your Parents
1. Prove you are responsible.
Fulfill all of your household duties so that you can prove you are responsible enough to buy and take care of a dog. If you help around the house, do all of your work from school, and even have time for a part-time job, you will make it a lot easier for them to say yes. Don´t do things that make them likely to say no.
2. Save enough money to buy a dog.
Save enough money to buy a dog and have money put away for his upkeep and medical care. (If you are not old enough to work outside the house, you need to consider alternatives like a paper route. If you are too young to even do that you need to realize you are only going to get a dog when you are older and your parents accept it. It is their house, they pay the bills, and they will have the final say in what happens.) When you have enough money in your savings account to show your parents that you can save responsibly, you can show it to them.
3. Do research on the breed of dog you want.
Do research on the breed of dog you want to purchase and make sure you can explain how the dog is going to fit into your family. If you like the way Border Collies look when they play Frisbee, but no one is willing to walk the dog for an hour twice a day, you need to look for another breed. If you like the way Siberian Huskies look but your dad raises geese, this is not the breed for you. If you like almost everything about Golden Retrievers but do not like the way they look, just keep searching. You can find a dog breed that you are interested in and a pet that your parents will be happy to accept.
4. Explain what you'll do when you leave.
Explain what you are going to do when you leave the house for college or your first apartment outside of the house. If you are twelve, for instance, you may only be home for another six years. That seems like a long time to you but it is only about half as long as your dog is going to live.
5. Make a contract with your parents.
Make a contract with your parents. Show them your savings account balance and prove to them that you will be responsible for all of the expenses. The contract needs to specify that you will be responsible for the caretaking, the daily walk, and obedience classes.(Are you sure you know what is involved in taking care and training a dog? Check out books from the library and prove to your parents that you are willing to find out what you need to know.) You will need to let your parents know that you will clean up after the dog and exercise and train her so that she does not develop behavioral problems like excessive digging, chewing, and barking. The contract does not need to be fancy, and you do not need to have a lawyer write it for you. Just be honest and tell them what you will do.
You can also discuss where you are going to get your new dog. If you are willing to adopt a mixed breed dog from a shelter maybe your parents will be more willing to accept your decision. They are going to be happy to see you becoming responsible.
Think about what you will do if your dog needs a new home. What if someone in your family is allergic? What is your dog bites your little brother or sister? Think about the many years your dog will be a member of the family and discuss this with your parents.
Explain how a dog will keep you busy and away from the "wrong element". If you walk your dog twice a day, take care of her health needs, and make sure you clean after her, she will take up a good deal of time.
If only one of your parents is against you having a dog, you need to find out why. You need to convince them it will be for everyone´s good. You will need to walk him every day so a dog is going to keep you from sitting in front of the TV playing video games all afternoon. A dog can protect you, serve as a watchdog to guard your house, be a friend to hang out with, and will make you grow up and assume responsibilities. A dog can even keep you healthier! Besides staying fit from walking the dog, do you know that petting him will actually lower your blood pressure?
Deciding on a Puppy Breed
There are several great dog breeds that you should not get while living with your family. A few of them are listed under dog breeds for people who like to be alone, but make sure any breed you decide on is okay with everyone in the family.
While this breed is a very cute puppy, it will become a large dog and will definitely be hard to handle.
If you are going to be getting a large or giant dog you need to be sure that you can cover the expenses. Will your parents help you out if you cannot handle things?
Even a dog like the Labrador Retriever can be expensive to maintain.
The Chihuahua will cost less to take care of and you may be able to find one at your local animal shelter. Make sure everyone wants to get one of these little dogs!
Although they look really nice, the English bulldog can be expensive to maintain. They also do not live as long as some dog breeds.
You might find a great Pit Bull puppy but you need to remember that not everyone will accept your dog as he grows older. Is your choice going to be okay with your family?
When you decide what breed of dog is best for your family you need to look at the space you have available and whether the breed is active or the low maintenance type.
If you buy a Labradoodle you have chosen a "desgner dog"; he was developed to be as friendly as a Labrador Retriever but like a Poodle he does not shed much.
Maltese dont eat much, don't take up much space, rarely shed, and get along great with cats. They do like to bark! Don't get one of these dogs without thinking about the barking. Will your parents think it is okay?
The Golden Retriever is good with families and is also good around cats and other pets. Like any large dog, however, he can be expensive to maintain.
My first dog was part of the family. If you have parents that are against having a dog in the house your task is going to be even more difficult, and maybe impossible. When I was older I paid for a dog from the money I saved from working, and that in itself is an important lesson. If you are not able to purchase a dog, pay for his food, pay for his toys, and pay for his medical care, you do not need to be asking for a dog. Think about all that is involved before you try to convince your parents to let you get a dog.
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Questions & Answers
My parents think we don't have the time to get a dog, because they work a lot in the day. How can I convince them to get me a dog?
If your parents do not want to get a dog because they work long hours, they must be convinced that you are not going to take care of him and her. What can you do to change their minds? Do you do chores around the house? Do they see you vacuuming the floor, cleaning the kitchen, cleaning the bathroom, etc.? What about your bedroom? If that is a real mess, and you do not even take care of your own space, why should they think you are going to go out of your way to take care of a new dog?
You need to discuss this with them even more. There is something else involved here, not just the amount of time they spend at work.Helpful 13
My brother is allergic to dogs. Not horribly, but still allergic. I really want a golden retriever, and am willing to do extra chores and pay for him/her. How do I convince my mom to let me get one?
If your brother is allergic, even a little, a Golden is not a good choice. They shed, a lot, and the hairs have been licked and are covered in the allergen.
The only thing you can do is bring home a puppy and see how it does. You will need to make a deal with the breeder that if the dog does not do well you can take it back.
Explain this to your mom. Maybe she will be willing to give it a try if you are willing to take the puppy back if there are problems.
You can also look at a Goldendoodle, which is a Golden and Standard Poodle cross. They are not all low shedding dogs, despite what the breeders will tell you, but you can talk to the breeder beforehand and explain the situation, make sure it is one of the most Poodle-like of the litter.
They can be expensive. Your best bet is a Standard Poodle. They are great dogs. Read all about them, and discuss their lack of allergen shedding with your mom.Helpful 9
My parents say I should get a dog from a shelter. Why?
I do not know why they feel that you have to get a dog from a shelter, but some people recommend it since there are so many dogs put to sleep in shelters every year in the US.
If they want you to get a dog from a shelter, it would be a good idea to ask them why.
If you do get a dog from a shelter, make sure that it is a breed or mixed breed dog that is going to fit your lifestyle. If you go to school and no one is home to take care of your dog, a high strung dog like a Husky mix, a Border Collie mix, or an Australian Cattle Dog mix are not appropriate.Helpful 7
My parents say it's too much work to have a puppy around. How can I convince them to get a puppy?
It is a lot of work to have a puppy around. You need to convince them that you are going to put in the work of taking care of a puppy.
If they see that you are a responsible person, and do things around the house (cleaning your room, washing the car, washing the dishes, etc.), then they are more likely to believe you.
I also read about a father that made a contract with his kids so that they would agree to take care of it no matter what. Maybe they will believe it if you put it in writing?Helpful 5
How do I convince my parents to get a dog if we live in an apartment?
There may be restrictions placed by the landlord. He or she may have made your parents sign a paper refusing to keep a dog, or they may have to pay extra rent each month because of a dog.
If that is the case, they may never want to get a dog. If a dog is acceptable where you live, and they think that a dog will not do well in your apartment, there are lists of dogs that do well in apartments:Helpful 5