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How to convince your parents to get a dog: Ways to convince mom and dad to bring home a pet dog

Updated on May 13, 2013

How to convince your parents to get a dog? There are many ways in which you can persuade your mom and dad to buy you a pet dog including showing responsibility, getting good grades, making genuine promises, consider adopting a puppy or even showing the benefits of having a dog as a pet. Use some of these innocent and honest tricks to convince your parents to get you your cuddly companion.


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

1) Bring home a friend's pet dog for a couple of days

Your parents' refusal to have a dog in the house could just be because neither of them have ever had a dog as a pet. They may have made many false assumptions and there could also be a lot of misunderstanding about the whole concept of having a four legged friend in the house.


Books and websites will not cure this problem. The only way to deal with your parents' lack of understanding is to bring a friend's pet dog to your home for a couple of day, preferably on the weekend so everyone can experience the feeling. Do this exercise for a couple of weekends so that your parents realize that having a dog as a pet is not as big as a fuss or hassle as they think.


2) Ask for a puppy as a birthday gift

Snap the opportunity when your parents ask what you want for your birthday. Tell them that you don't want anything but a puppy.


Don't be afraid to plead a couple of times. You can even try to coax your parents by saying a few mushy lines including saying I love you to your dad and mom.


3) Show your parents that you can be responsible for your stuff

Your parents will never let you have a dog as a pet if you are irresponsible about your stuff. The only way to deal with this problem is to take responsibility for everything that you own including your clothes, toys, books, shoes and gadgets.


Show your sense of responsibility around the house too by making sure you don't play in the rooms you aren't supposed to. If your lack of responsibilities is the main reasons why your folks are not allowing you to have a dog, taking care of little things like this will help you convince them that you can be a responsible preteen or teenager.


4) Identify the dog lover in your parents

Identifying the dog lover in one of your parents is the trick to getting both parents onboard your wish of having a dog as a pet. If your dad is a dog lover, get him on your side and take his help to convince mom. If your mother is a dog lover, plead with her to convince your dad.


Be genuine when you request one of your parents to convince the other. Make it very clear upfront that you want their help in convincing the other parent. Manipulative or sly behavior will instantly be picked up and your request may never be granted.


Study hard and get good grades to show your parents that you can live up to your promises.
Study hard and get good grades to show your parents that you can live up to your promises.

5) Use incentive of good grades to convince your parents to get you a dog

They may not tell you directly but your poor grades in school can be one of the reasons why your parents are refusing to get a dog. The only way to overcome this hurdle is to prove your point by getting good grades.


Tell your mom and dad that you are aiming to get much better grades just so that they can allow you to get a dog. Once they agree to this bet, study hard and ace all your tests, papers, reports and projects. Your dedication towards getting better grades and the final result may finally convince your parents.


6) Get help from a friend's parent, neighbor or relative who have a dog at home

Your parents could be over thinking the costs and the troubles associated with owning a dog. You can put your parents at ease by asking a friend's parent, neighbor or relative who is a dog owner, 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 into. Their ability 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 keep worrying about break-ins and burglary. A dog will instantly bark when it notices suspicious activity around the house.


Use this excuse as a way to convince your parents. Tell them that getting a dog will boost the overall levels of security in your house and make everyone feel safe.


8) Consider adopting from an animal shelter

It will become easier to convince your parents to get a dog if they are animal lovers. Use the excuse of adopting a dog from an animal shelter or a dog pound as a way to rescue 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 object if they are against animal cruelty and have no other major objections in getting you a pet.


Taking the dog out in the park can mean regular exercise for any member of the family. Use this excuse to convince your parents to get you a pup.
Taking the dog out in the park can mean regular exercise for any member of the family. Use this excuse to convince your parents to get you a pup. | Source

9) Walking the dog: Owning a dog will boost fitness 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 will have to talk the dog out for a walk every day and that someone can be your dad, mom, yourself or your siblings.


The idyllic thought of taking the dog out for a walk in the park and getting fit while doing it could be the reason why your parents succumb to your requests.


10) Promise to be responsible for the dog's mess

A puppy will dirty the house with litter and paw prints while it gets the right training. Give your mom and dad a promise that you will clean up the dog's mess 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 they are relieved of the dirty work and other messy responsibilities.


11) Agree to contribute towards the dog's expense from your allowance

Owning a dog requires various types of expenses including expense for 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 expense form your weekly or monthly allowance. The dollar value of your contribution is not as important as your willingness to make a sacrifice to get what you want.


12) Say 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 friend and companion to play with at home since you don't have a brother or sister.


Tell them that you need something to pass time and a dog can be the perfect companion with whom you can play with. Convince them that playing with a dog at home is much better than hanging out at the mall and picking up bad habits.


Show your passion for dogs by having nothing but cute dog pictures all over your room, computer, laptop and iPhone.
Show your passion for dogs by having nothing but cute dog pictures all over your room, computer, laptop and iPhone.

13) Show your own passion for dogs

Show your parents how much you love dogs by putting up posters of adorable puppies all over your room, setting a screensaver on your desktop or laptop which has cute dog pictures or taking pictures of all pet dogs that you meet on your iPhone. Add to the drama by making sure that you talk about dogs at least once in every dinner table conversation.


This will not be an instant solution but your parents will realize your immense passion for dogs as the months go by.


14) Read facts about dogs before you ask your parents to get you one

Show your parents that you have done your homework by gathering all the facts and knowledge about dogs before you even make the request. Find out everything about the breed of dog you want to get. Read all the facts including behavioral traits, eating habits and other points of concern.


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


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.


Show responsibility by knowing when to bring an end to your tantrum so that your requests don't cross the line between persuasive and irritating.


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      Hello burger 4 days ago

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

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      Maddie 5 weeks 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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      Eve 2 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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      Wakeboarder 4 months ago

      Did not work at all.

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      Alanna 4 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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      Colin 6 months 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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      Max 6 months ago

      Stupid website doesn’t work

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      Julia 6 months ago

      Exactly 6 years 8 months and 2 days to be exact

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