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How to Convince Your Parents to Get a Dog

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Want a Dog, but Your Parents Say No?

Trying to convince your mom and dad to let you get a dog? They might think you're not ready, or they may just not like dogs. Either way, read on to learn ways to help persuade them that include demonstrating responsibility, taking initiative, and making genuine promises.

How to convince your parents to let you get a dog!

How to convince your parents to let you get a dog!

1. Bring Home a Friend's Pet Dog for a Couple of Days

Your parents' rejection of the thought of you owning a dog could stem from the fact that neither of them has ever had a dog as a pet themselves. They may hold many false assumptions, and there could be a lot of misunderstandings about their whole concept of having a four-legged friend in the house.

Practical advice from books and the internet will not solve this problem. The only way to deal with your parents' lack of understanding is to bring in a friend's pet dog to your home for a couple of days. Ideally, this would take place over the weekend so that everyone can experience the full effect of owning a dog. Do this exercise for a couple of weekends to help your parents realize that owning a dog doesn't have to be a huge hassle.

2. Ask for a Puppy as a Birthday Gift

When your parents ask you what you want for your birthday, tell them that you don't want anything but a puppy.

Don't be afraid to plead your case on one or two different occasions. I would even suggest trying to coax your parents with a few mushy lines from poems or song lyrics.

3. Show Your Parents That You Can Be Responsible

Your parents will never let you own a dog as a pet if you are irresponsible with your stuff. You can demonstrate your maturity by taking good care of everything that you own including your clothes, toys, books, shoes, and gadgets.

It is also important that you don't play in the rooms that you aren't supposed to. If your disregard of your responsibilities is one of the main reasons why your folks aren't allowing you to have a dog, then taking care of little things like these will help to convince them that you are capable of being trustworthy.

4. Identify the Dog Lover Within Your Parents

Identifying the dog lover within one of your parents is vital in getting both of them on board with your wish of owning a dog. If your dad is a dog lover, recruit his help in convincing your mom and vice versa.

Be genuine and clear upfront when you request one of your parent's help in convincing the other. Manipulative or sly behavior will instantly be detected, and your request may never be granted.

Bring home a friend's pet dog for the weekend. The pup's adorable ways will melt your parents' hearts.

Bring home a friend's pet dog for the weekend. The pup's adorable ways will melt your parents' hearts.

5. Earn Good Grades to Convince Your Parents to Get You a Dog

Although they may not tell you directly, your poor grades in school could be one of the reasons why your parents are refusing to get you a dog. Overcome this hurdle by getting good grades.

Inform your parents that your short-term goal is to earn higher grades so that they will allow you to get a dog. Make sure you study hard and ace all of your tests, papers, and projects. Your commitment to earning better grades may finally help convince your parents that you are ready for the responsibility of owning a dog.

6. Recruit Help From Someone Who Owns a Dog

Your parents could be overthinking the costs and the troubles associated with owning a dog. You can put your parents at ease by asking a friend's parent, a neighbor, or a relative that owns a dog to talk to them.

The firsthand account of a dog owner regarding the costs of owning a dog, cleaning routines, required training, vet bills, etc., will give your folks a fair idea of what they will be getting themselves into. Allowing your parents the opportunity to make an informed decision may convince them to bring a dog home.

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7. Show Your Parents the Safety and Security Benefits of Getting a Dog

A well-trained dog can be a good mental pacifier for people who are constantly worried about housebreakings. Most dogs will bark when they notice suspicious activity around the house.

Use these observations to your advantage in convincing your parents. Tell them that getting a dog will boost the overall security of your house and will help everyone feel safer.

8. Consider Adopting From an Animal Shelter

It will be easier to convince your parents to get a dog if they are animal lovers. Use the excuse of rescuing a dog from an animal shelter or a dog pound as a way to adopt a four-legged friend.

Tell them that they will be saving a puppy's life if they allow you to adopt it and bring it home. Your parents will not reject your plea if they are against animal cruelty and have no other major objections to getting you a pet.

Taking the dog out to the park can mean regular exercise for any member of the family.

Taking the dog out to the park can mean regular exercise for any member of the family.

9. Owning a Dog Can Boost Fitness Levels of the Entire Family

A cheeky way to convince your parents to get a dog is to tell them that having a dog in the house will boost everyone's fitness levels. Someone in the house will always be tasked with taking the dog out for a walk.

The idyllic thought of getting in shape from walking the dog could be the reason why your parents succumb to your requests.

10. Promise to Be Responsible for the Dog's Messes

A puppy will dirty the house with litter and paw prints while it is in the process of being potty trained. Promise your mom and dad that you will clean up the dog's messes around the house including scrubbing off paw prints, picking up litter, and giving it a bath. Your parents may agree to get you a pooch if you agree to take on the dirty work and other messy responsibilities.

11. Agree to Contribute Towards the Dog's Expenses

Owning a dog requires various types of expenses including dog food, training classes, veterinary bills, and grooming costs.

Show your parents that you can be financially responsible for the things you own by promising to contribute towards the dog's expenses from your allowance. The dollar value of your contribution is not as important as your willingness to make sacrifices to get what you want.

12. Suggest That You Need a Friend at Home

You can use this excuse to your advantage if you are a single child. Tell your parents that you need a companion to play with at home since you don't have a brother or sister. Convince them that playing with a dog at home is much better than hanging out at the mall and picking up bad habits.

Showcase your passion for dogs by posting cute dog pictures all over your room, computer, laptop and phone.

Showcase your passion for dogs by posting cute dog pictures all over your room, computer, laptop and phone.

13. Showcase Your Passion for Dogs

Show your parents how much you love dogs by displaying posters of adorable puppies all over your room. Try setting a screensaver on your computer with cute dog pictures or take pictures of any pet dogs that you meet on your phone. Add to the drama by making sure that you talk about dogs at least once at every dinner table conversation.

This will not be an instant solution, but your parents will realize your immense passion for dogs as time goes by.

14. Read up on Facts About Dogs

Show your parents that you have done your homework by finding out everything about the breed of dog you want to get. Read all the facts about its behavioral traits, food habits, and other areas of concern.

Full knowledge about the type of puppy you want to get will help you to instantly answer any questions your mom and dad have about owning the dog.

15. Throw a Harmless Tantrum Once in a While

Convincing your parents to get you a dog is not something that will happen overnight. It can take weeks, months, or even more than a year. Keep the excitement alive by throwing a harmless tantrum once every few months so that the seriousness of your request does not fizzle out.

Demonstrate your maturity by knowing when to bring an end to your tantrum so that your requests don't cross the fine line between being persuasive and irritating.


grace on July 19, 2020:

I have been puting pices of paper all around the house of thjngs a dog can improve in our lives

xkcd on July 04, 2020:

i have wanted a dog my entire life . i hope this works

Lily on June 23, 2020:

I have been wanting a dog ever since i could say dog.

Alejandro on June 19, 2020:

All I want is a havanese puppy for me but I’m scared to ask my dad so I asked my mom on a sticky note and I have been doing anything for a year so I’m really eager to hear my moms answer to getting cute havanese puppy named Sandra and I have been researching the puppy so amazing!!!?

Katya Appleseed on June 18, 2020:

Same :(

#QUEEN on June 18, 2020:

I want a dog toooooo. Try persude your family by saying all the pros like a dog can relive stress, it can detect cancer etc. And TRY TO BE PATIENT! I know its hard to wait FOR SOOOOO LONG. And it is annoying. I know. I wanted a dog ever since I saw one. NO KIDDING!! It's been like AGES!!!!!!!!!

Alisa on June 11, 2020:

It’s so annoying l wanted a dog for the past 3 years will never happen

Ello on June 02, 2020:

I been wanting a dog for 5 YEARS! I really hope this works!

sup on May 26, 2020:

my mom has been saying for like 4 ever that we are going to get a dog! 2 years later no dog UHHHHHH

hi on May 22, 2020:

my mom keeps saying no and I found this wish me the best

Simran on May 22, 2020:

My parents say I’m not allowed my own dog and it has to be a family dog. The friend at home trick will probably work

Kamryn on May 05, 2020:

So my papaw I’ve with him and my Nona and my Nona says I can have dog but my papaw said no and he said it not time for a dog but it’s quarantine and I can’t see my friends so I really need a dog go keep me company.

Charlie on April 30, 2020:

I REALLY HOPE THIS WORKS i have wanted a dog my whole life my mo promises she'll get one and says "when we get the window done" well guess what my window is done and she still wont get me a dog

Roxanne on April 29, 2020:

None of these actually work because it takes more to convince.

Kaylie on April 24, 2020:

I am exited to tri these out! Hope they work! Fingers crossed

Aash on April 01, 2020:

I love dogs. My mom had 3 dogs while she was growing up the first one's name was Daisy I don't know what breed she was, then she had a Black Labrador named Kalo who fell off of her roof (my mom's growing up house in India si biiiig) and finally she had a Russian Samoyed names Bingo. She is on my side but my dad keeps saying nooooooooooo.

Ellie on March 31, 2020:

I didn’t work.

dog lover on March 12, 2020:

I realllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly hope this works I am a dog lover. My dad used to have a dog called Honey but then it died.Waaah !!! I am dieing to get ne but so far n luck .Will keep trying !! Also if I get one will name it Honey .Woooooooooooooooooo hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Kitty on February 02, 2020:

I’ve done all of these but it’s a no

:3 on January 21, 2020:

My mom just MIGHT Just MIGHT get a doge!

Homework on December 22, 2019:

I really want a puppy

Cc on November 11, 2019:

I always wanted a big dog because I have always had a little dog so I hope this will work!!!!

person on March 07, 2019:

Thank you so much! I have been wanting a dog for a long time. I hope this works!

Person on November 12, 2018:

You need to be patient for this to work.

Lettuce on September 08, 2018:

I really hope this works because my parents say that after my old dog dies we will have no pets ever

olivia on September 04, 2018:

i have a german shepard mix but its my aunts and i am wondering if she is not home or even when she is that i can take care of jax and maybe if my parents see that i am responsible with jax i might get a puppy do you think thatta work

School on August 18, 2018:

My mom is never going to say yes

Hamburger on August 08, 2018:

I have dog

Trinity on August 07, 2018:

I really really really want a new puppy and my mom and dad say no every time I ask. This will be perfect.

Human on June 27, 2018:

I reallllyyyyy want a dog and I have tried all my life but still no luck!!

Laura on June 18, 2018:

This didn’t work, my family wouldn’t help me and when I tried to throw the harmless strop, all I said was that we do have a dog, but I want one of my own, so they’d said go t9 you room!

Ashley boulaouden on June 02, 2018:

My mom actually said yes when we already had dogs and they were so bad!

Hello burger on May 19, 2018:

I've been doing these for three years since my dog died and had no luck!!!

Maddie on April 15, 2018:

I’m hoping to get one if I don’t I’ll be mad but if I throw tantrums I don’t get anything so I’d rate it 7 1/2/10

Eve on March 18, 2018:

I think this was really helpful as after a few tantrums my parents got me a golden retriever, however I don’t see how studying and getting good grades will persuade your percents to get a dog overall I rate this 8/10

Wakeboarder on January 03, 2018:

Did not work at all.

Alanna on December 28, 2017:

This does not work at all I tried this over and over two years ago and nothing has happened at all

Colin on November 13, 2017:

I have all of this cleared,but the problem is that my family is a busy one and my parents wish to have a dog but they're worried it wouldn't be good for the dog to stay home alone most of the day.

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