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How to Convince Your Parents to Get a Dog for You

Updated on August 31, 2017
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Let’s face it. Understanding how to convince your parents to get a dog for you can be a challenging process. You will probably hear them repeat an endless list of reasons for not getting a dog. If you don’t prepare for the conversation with your parents beforehand, then your chances of getting what you desire will be futile.

Therefore, to improve your chances of getting a dog, you must be clever. You must be cunning. You must not waver. Stay strong and do not falter. You may bend, but you will not break.

This is the attitude that you should adopt if you ever want to achieve success with your efforts.

Brainstorm Strategies for Getting a Dog

The first step for convincing your parents to get a dog is brainstorming. On a piece of paper, write down all of the reasons that your parents don’t want a dog. Think of all of their explanations and all of their excuses.

Imagine the conversation before you ask them in reality.

You: “Dad, I want a dog. Can we get one?”
Dad: “No.”
You: “Why?”
Dad: “Because I said so. Help your mom with the dishes.”

If your father doesn’t provide any flexibility or a chance to carry on the discussion, then ask your mother. The odds may improve depending on which parent you select. Remember, you need to see at least a sliver of light to walk out from the darkness and into the sunshine.

Try the discussion with the other parent.

You: “Mom, I want a dog. Can we get one?”
Mom: “No.”
You: “Why?”
Mom: “Because they stink.”

Now, this instance would provide an excellent opportunity for you. Mother’s point may be valid, but not entirely factual. You can suggest a counter-argument or even a solution to the problem.

On the left side of your brainstorming paper, write down that dogs stink.

On the right side of the paper, write down all of the counter-arguments and solutions that you can think of. For example, you could explain to your parents that not all dog breeds stink. Some types of dogs are more prone to stinking than others. You could promise to bathe the dog every week.

Moreover, you could even get creative and tell them that you will start a dog washing business outside on the front lawn to make some money. Highlight all of the financial benefits of this idea. You could be the neighborhood dog washer and charge a flat fee of $5 dollars per dog.

Suddenly, the problem of the dog stench becomes less of a worry and more of a benefit for the family financially.

Now, can you see the power of brainstorming?

Of course, this is just one example, but you can see how this strategy can be extremely effective for all of your parents’ other excuses.

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Common Reasons Why Parents Don’t Want to Get a Dog

There are a number of other common reasons why most parents refuse to get a dog for their kids. In the remainder of this article, a lot of the brainstorming has been completed for you. Continue reading below for some useful counter-arguments and persuasive answers for each problem.

Hopefully, by the end of the list, you will be one step closer to convincing your parents to get a dog for you. Remember, prudence exceeds strength. Prepare well beforehand and you will be more likely to get what you want.

1. A dog is too much responsibility.

The most common explanation for not getting a dog is that it is too much responsibility to take care of one. You need to feed it every day. You need to take it for walks. Wash it. Groom it. Take it to the vet.

The list of responsibilities goes on and on.

Counter-Argument

All of these things are true. A dog is a huge responsibility. Nevertheless, you can actually use all of these statements to strengthen your argument for getting a dog.

For instance, tell your parents that all of these duties will make you a better person. It will teach you how to take care of a pet and learn life lessons. You can declare that you are determined to commit to all of the long-term obligations of raising a dog.

Just make sure you honor your word in the end. If you can’t, then you may want to reconsider the idea. Honestly, ask yourself in the mirror. Can you truly take on the responsibility?

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2. A dog will make a mess of the house.

Another excuse your parents will say is that a dog is dirty. Its fur will shed all over furniture, floors, and clothing. If the dog isn’t trained properly, then it could chew up things in the house. It could ruin a lot of valuable possessions.

Furthermore, as a puppy, it is very likely that it will urinate or defecate in the house.

Counter-Argument

It is pretty much guaranteed that the dog will make a mess in some way, shape, or form. For this reason, you need to stress that you will dedicate yourself to training it. You will teach the dog lessons through positive (and negative) reinforcement. This will minimize most of the problems.

For the fur issue, you could suggest getting a dog that doesn’t shed as much. Alternatively, you could cut the dog’s hair shorter to prevent the hair from causing a big mess. You could also offer to vacuum the house regularly.

Again, if you are willing to commit to these responsibilities and keep the house clean, then emphasize your dedication sincerely. Remember, your parents know you best and can smell any hint of a lie. Have some integrity and stick to your promises.

3. A dog barks.

Many parents are concerned if they get a dog, it will bark all day. It will yap at everyone who comes to the door. It will bark at night when it wants to go outside to pee. Someone will have to get up to let it out the door and back in again.

Moreover, it could bark at the neighbors. Everyone will complain and it will cause continuous commotion.

Counter-Argument

All dogs bark. That’s true. Though, the barking can be minimized with the right training and discipline.

On the plus side, having a dog around can prevent intruders and burglars from entering the house. Especially, a big dog can be a huge deterrent. It can keep your family and your property safe.

You must draw attention to the positives and downplay the negatives. In fact, a strong bark can be a good thing if your parents are concerned about thieves or any other unwelcome guests.

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4. A dog is expensive.

The other complaint about owning a dog is that it can be expensive. You need to buy food on an ongoing basis. You should take it to the vet for regular check ups.

Perhaps you will need extra insurance as well. If something is wrong with the dog and it gets sick or injured, then there are additional costs that you should be prepared for.

Counter-Argument

Dogs can be expensive to raise; however, costs can be significantly reduced.

For the food, many suppliers sell dog food in bulk. Buy healthy food from a reputable store and it can be more affordable.

Going to the veterinarian doesn’t have to be as frequent as you think. If you treat your dog well, feed it properly, and take it for regular walks, then you wouldn’t have to spend as much on check ups. Preventative medicine is generally the best medicine for dogs - and people for that matter.

If you are overly concerned about health costs or unexpected problems, consider looking into an affordable health insurance plan for pets.

When your parents are apprehensive about the financial burdens of a dog, you could work a part-time job to cover the costs. If you can’t help out, then you may want to take up the alternative of buying a goldfish instead. Fish food costs less and they don’t need veterinarians.

5. You can’t go on vacation if you have a dog.

The last reason for not getting a dog may be at the top of most parents’ rejection list. When you have a dog, you have to be around to take care of it. If you leave, it has to fend for itself.

Unfortunately, domestic dogs are fully-dependent on their owners. This is a major concern for most parents, especially if they plan to travel or go on a family vacation.

Counter-Argument

The good news is that many families who own a dog still go on vacation and do so regularly. Thankfully, there are easy solutions to this problem.

If you have a close friend who can take care of the dog, then they can look after it while you are away. A neighbor who likes dogs is another alternative. They are next door and your dog will already be familiar with the environment.

On the other hand, you may have a family member or relative who would be happy to have your dog for a week. Having someone who the dog knows well would be the best choice. Your pet won’t get as stressed out while you’re gone if they stay with someone who they are already comfortable with.

The last option would be to take the dog to a kennel. It cost some money, but can still work as a last resort if you can’t find a dog sitter last minute.

If none of these support groups are available to your family, then you may want to buy a cat instead. They are more independent and tend to fend for themselves anyway.

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Conclusion

So there you have it. Those are the most common explanations that parents give for why you can’t have a dog, including effective counter-arguments. Review the advice for how to convince your parents to get a dog for you before conversing with them.

Perhaps, after reading this, you may have already decided that you can’t commit to all of the responsibilities. However, if you still feel 100% dedicated and know in your heart that you can take care of a dog, then it is time to put this preparation into practice.

Good luck, young grasshopper.

In the end, maybe you’ll receive a noble approval from your parents, similar to how Ned Stark allowed his children to have the dire wolf pups in the very first episode of The Game of Thrones.

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      wiserworld 6 days ago

      It may be a tough sell. Have you considered a cat? They are more independent and can take care of themselves.

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      Doglover44 7 days ago

      I really want a dog.However my parents work 6 to 7 hours 5 days of the week.I also go to school.So the dog would be on its own in the morning.My parents don’t want to get a dog for that reason.Do you think if I provided a play pen, crate, lots of toys, a pee pad (just in case it need to go toilet) and trained it properly.It would be okay. My parents just don’t want it to bark,cry, disturb the neighbours and have separation anxiety.Do you think it would be suitable to get a dog, that I train properly to manage on its own?

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