How to Convince Your Parents to Get a Dog

Updated on July 25, 2018

Trying to convince your mom and dad to get you a dog? Read on to learn ways to help persuade them that include demonstrating responsibility, taking initiative and making genuine promises.


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 have ever had a dog as a pet themselves. They may hold many false assumptions, and there could be a lot of misunderstanding 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 onboard 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 up front 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. | Source

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 towards 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.

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 more safe.

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. | Source

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. | Source

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.


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      3 days ago

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

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      8 months ago

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

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      12 months ago

      You need to be patient for this to work.

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      14 months ago

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

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      14 months ago

      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

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      15 months ago

      My mom is never going to say yes

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      15 months ago

      I have dog

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      15 months ago

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

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      16 months ago

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

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      17 months ago

      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!

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      Ashley boulaouden 

      17 months ago

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

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      Hello burger 

      18 months ago

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

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      19 months ago

      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

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      20 months ago

      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

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      22 months ago

      Did not work at all.

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      22 months ago

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

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      2 years ago

      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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