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How Do I Convince My Parents I'm Ready for a Puppy?

Updated on February 24, 2009

I WANT A DOG!

It's never really been a probably for me to ask for a new dog and get it. I mean in general, I'll say it, I'm spoiled, and usually get what I want with my parents, relationships, friends, teachers, etc. Getting things has never really been to hard.

But, when asking for a new dog, it tend to go like this:

  1. "Mom can we get a puppy"- "No"
  2. "Daddy, I need a new puppy."- "Ask your mother"
  3. "Mom, please can I get a puppy!" "No! We have four dogs!"
  4. I let it sit for a few weeks.
  5. "Daddy, it'd be so cool to get a puppy, don't you think?"- "Maybe"
  6. At that point, my dad's into it and asking my mom for a dog.
  7. Then we get a dog.

I think that's been the case on my last three dogs.

But, in the normal family under average circumstances, it doesn't work that way.

Besides, the fact of being spoiled, the difference is that my parents know that I'll take care of a new puppy. They know that I'm responsible enough to make sure the puppy is fed, walked, trained, and loved.

I hope to give you a few ideas to show your parents that you're ready for this endeavor.

Dogs = Responsibility

Bringing home a new puppy, or even an adult dog, is a big responsibility. It's a commitment that you can't just throw away when you're done. Dogs are living breathing animals, and that should be recognized from the start. When you're bored, you can't just throw them in the backyard to fend for themselves. They still need to be taken care of.

So before you even think about asking your parents for a dog, whether it's another dog, or the only dog, make sure that you fully, 100%, understand what it takes to take care of a dog.

  • Constant training
  • Scheduled mealtimes
  • Scheduled walks and potty breaks
  • Exercise
  • Vet bills

Dogs are a huge commitment in terms of love, want, and money. Make sure that you understand what it truly costs to bring home a dog, before you do.

I'd definitely read the following article, before you tell you parents, "I'll pay half of the bills."

How Much is That Puppy in the Window?

The Right Dog For Your Family

Research dog breeds. This way when you go to your parents, you can tell them that Breed A or a mixed Breed A dog would be perfect for your family because...

Your parents will be impressed that you did your research.

Where do you start? Find out the different criteria for dog breeds, pick out what criteria would work best in your home, and then start searching from there.

All dogs make great pets, it's just a matter of getting the right dog in the right home. So this research, will help you figure out not only what dog breed will work best in your family, but, also, give you tips to housing and training that particular dog breed.

Play the Responsibility Card

Because dogs are such a commitment, prove to your parents that you are responsible.

If you already have a dog or cat, spend more time taking care of the pet- sticking with feeding schedules, walking, cleaning up after the pet, anything.

Teach the dog a new trick. Spend more time with the cat.

Make sure that your parents realize that this isn't a change just because you want a new dog. Make sure they realize and understand that this will be a permanent change because you need to take responsibility if you want to bring in this new puppy.

Responsibility is usually the biggest clause that parents have against getting a puppy, so if you can prove this to them, maybe it will make the difference between "yes" and "no."

If you don't have another pet, then take responsibility in other areas around the house. Volunteer for dishes, laundry, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, etc.

Keep your room clean, and volunteer to help around the house, whether inside or out.

Prove Yourself

If you really want a new dog, prove it.

Start volunteering with a local animal shelter.

Do your research. Talk to veterinarians and dog trainers.

Get prepared in any way possible. Make sure that you know what could happen if, and how do you do that?

Don't just bring home a dog and expect your parents not to kill you. Dogs ARE a commitment, so don't let anyone let you think otherwise.

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      Help 6 months ago

      Help my mum and dad wouldn't let me have a dog until I am 18 HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      d101 4 years ago

      hi Whitney 05! i made had a comment before, but anyway, i am a 9 year old living in an apartment, i have a big backyard and a park down the street, i have a bunny that i share with my sister and the bunny is in her room, i have a turtle, and a nice medium sized room. I would really like a Westie pup, and we'll hire a dogsitter when i for when i have school, and i know it will be happy.

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      d101 4 years ago

      hi Whitney 05! i made had a comment before, but anyway, i am a 9 year old living in an apartment, i have a big backyard and a park down the street, i have a bunny that i share with my sister and the bunny is in her room, i have a turtle, and a nice medium sized room. I would really like a Westie pup, and we'll hire a dogsitter when i for when i have school, and i know it will be happy.

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      d101 4 years ago

      Whitney, i need help! i REALLY want a westie pup and i know i could do it but my dad says no and my mom me to write an essay and i did and she thougt it was cute but she still said no, and i did lt it sit for a couple of MONTHS and i really need your help Whitney05!!!!!

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      Bri notes 4 years ago

      Hey I had a dog when I was five or six years old but my mom got rid of it now I'm 10 and trying to get another one .my mom keeps saying no.how do I hanle this?

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      claire 5 years ago

      hey im 11 coming up for 12 and I would love to have a dog.Mum and dad had one when they were my age but they wont let me .I would take it out for walks every day and take daily care of it.But we have just moved house and everything is sorted and we are all settled but my mum uses that as an excuse.My dad does not like dogs nether does my mum but when they bothh see a dog they are lovely too it.We could give a dog a good home .I wish for a puppy every night

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      Lea 5 years ago

      I'm eleven, I have two dogs, but they just follow my mom around all the time, I don't think they're going to change. I want a puppy that I could raise myself and I'd be its fave person

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      saniel 5 years ago

      hi! i really want a dog badly.my mom said yes and said i can get any dog i want but the problem is my dad.he doesent like dogs.but i do.and i come home from school really early so i have enough time to play with it.the dog i want is a husky.i told my mom she said ok but its my dad.i know huskies need space but my house is really big and i know they shed but that's not a problem for my family.

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      doglover101 5 years ago

      sorry i haven't been here for awhile. i am 9 years old and my name is sandra. i have been wating a dog for practically my whole life and my first word was "bark!". the type of dog i want is a black lab retriever german shepherd mix puppy(BLRGSMP).i live in an apartement.my conversation was like this:

      "daddy, can we get a dog?"

      "we live in an apartement.we have no room"

      "yes we-"

      "end of discussion!" so i need help living in a house, going to the same school in that house(i go to sligo creek elem),and getting the dog.

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      Abigail 5 years ago

      To Mel

      My mum is from England and she had a dog when she was 10.

      It does not matter

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      mel 5 years ago

      hi people i love dogs i am only 11 i have just found out that in england u have to be 18 to have your own dog but i live with my parents does that make any differents in england you have to save up to at least £100 i am already up to £50 but i don't know if i am old enough to get one i am going to be twleve on the 10th of next mounth buy i don't know what to do now i have just found this out if there r any helpful people out there please reply asap (as soon as possible)

      mel=)

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      Bypasser 5 years ago

      Hi, Whitney.

      I have a 5 Year old Boston Terrier A lizard a cat and a rat. Actually the rat and cat aren't mine they're my sister's. I mean she will absolutely Not let me touch them. And ive been wanting a big dog. My mom doesn't really like dogs and my dad loves them. I haven't been begging and I'm waiting for my bday on Monday so my mon cant say no. If she doesn't say yes what can I say.

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      Annie, 5 years ago

      Okay so I'm 20, and I asked my mum if I could get myself a dog, and she said yes, and asked what breed I was thinking of, then when I was looking at breeders online, she said "your not ******* having one" this was like a year ago, so I said if i get a better job and earn more can I? then she said yes, so now I earn about £600-£700 a month, and I pay her rent, my phone bill, gym, ect all on my own and what not, and I'm still not aloud one, which I think is stupid since she said yes 2 times!and I found the breeder's I want. and everything, and she still wont budge, so I was wondering for advice, and I already do loads around the house, but its more how can she said yes twiceeeeeee, and then be a raging B***H about it?

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      Ranjeetha 5 years ago

      Hey! my whole family loves dogs! The problem is that my mum don't allow them. I have fishes and fishes are really boring. And i am 17 years old

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      Sadie 5 years ago

      Hi I watched a show about puppies then I became obsessed with them. First my mom and I wanted a pug but my dad said no and said we can get a corgi I agreed because they are adorable. Anyway I always say how about it august but they say.. Heh heh and don't answer me. I have three cats and corgis are smart trainable and nice. They can get along with any animal they just have to grow up with it. So we were looking for puppy's. So I asked my mom and she said if you keep asking we are not gonna get one. I have about like 97 dollars and I need one in like april or march. I'm dying over one. I only have a bunch of boring fish two turtles and three cats and I need some excitement. I'll do everything and it's practically home all day with someone my dad leaves at 5 o clock and I come home at 3. But still I want one soon so I need to some how let that happen. If theirs anyone really nice please answer this. And I'm 11 years old.

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      Macronie123 5 years ago

      I know how u feel jasmine we r so much alike it is SCARY!!!!!!!!!!please read jasmine's paragraph to know how I feel please help

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      doglover101 5 years ago

      ok. also if you already have a dog, try earning $400 at LEAST!try to convince your parents, try to prove yourself

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      doglover101 5 years ago

      well this is great. i just got an allowance for $1.25! the $1.00 is for the dishes (at least more than 3 dishes for it)the 25 c is for taking out the garbage.

      YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

      x-))))))

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      doglover101 5 years ago

      well. if you want to get a yorkie jasmine try earning your OWN money! so that your parents won't have to buy one for you! and so that you'll have a better reason to get one.

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      Jasmine, consider adopting. You can find purebred puppies and small breed mix puppies at shelters.

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      I really really want a Yorkie but they're too espensive but we have money (not a lot) My parents want to buy a cheap puppy! I'm getting a Pomeranian but I don't like them. What should I do? I want to wait for it but I'm thinking my parents still won't let me get an espensive puppy!! I like Shih Tzus and Yorkies. Please help me!! I wanted a Yorkie for 3 years now. I cried over puppies a lot of times and I don't know what to do. Maybe I'll like the Pomeranian but help me before I get a Pomeranian

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      Brigit 5 years ago

      For awhile I've been trying to convince my parents,mostly my mom to allow me to get a puppy of the toy group.(like a papillon,Chihuawua,or a Japanese Chin) In a year I will be going to high school. I am very responsible and feel and know I can take care of it.I have done research,reports and have the money and cost pretty much covered.However my mom says no.We have four animals already and she says she doesn't want another animal.I've tried to explain to her that it will not be her animal,that she doesn't have to do anything with it.I have even given her alternatives like litter box training my little baby so she doesn't have to let it out and watch it.She still says no.I don't know what to do.I know so many facts about breeds it scary.I rely want a puppy.Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.Thank you

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      doglover101 5 years ago

      okay. here's what you have to do to get a dog.

      1. first of all, if you live in an apartment, you're going to have to change that.

      2.look for cheap, big houses that are the most fanciest you can. and try to find one close to you're old house.( just incase you have a friend that you don't want to leave alone.)

      3. if you have siblings, try to get them to help convince you're parents to get the house.

      4. if you're parents like the house, prepare to get a house and a dog.

      5. if you're parents don't like the house, try the same thing but just try to find one cheaper.

      6. if you live in a house already, then try to earn money.buy dog sitting, or allowance, or cleaning you're room, stuff like that.

      7.once you think you've had enough working and at LEAST

      more than $20 give it to you're parents.

      8.its likely they'll say yes, but if they say no, do the same thing, but try to earn more.

      hope this helps, sandra

      (i know the name up top, but that's my real name.)

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      Nira 5 years ago

      I Want a Dog Badly I Really Do Any Type I Never Had A Pet Before Only A Pet Fish !

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      anuska 5 years ago

      i want to get back my puppy back but my father had given my puppy to someone whom i don't know because he thinks that i am too small to have a own pet dog though i have promised him to take care of it..........what should i do i don't know............

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      anuska 5 years ago

      i want to get back my puppy back but my father had given my puppy to someone whom i don't know because he thinks that i am too small to have a own pet dog though i have promised him to take care of it..........what should i do i don't know............

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      Bella98 5 years ago

      Hi

      i really want a dog,I've nearly convinced my dad, my two other sisters want one too. its just my mum, she has just decorated the living in the summer and has completley re-done it, new carpet, new colour. now she is saying that she doesn't want dirty paws trampling on the carpet.

      Several years ago my family had a dog called Max, good as gold, brought up in convosation a lot when discussing things with my dad. i was only 3 when sadly Max was put down, I am now 13. I really think I can be a good dog owner, but whenever I bring the subject up, it always seems to end quickly.

      The family has spoke about getting a dog, but both my sisters are so convinced that we arnt getting one :(.

      ADVICE TO CONVINCE MY PARENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      jas 5 years ago

      I have wanted a dog for ages i have fish they are the only pet i am aloud don't get me wrong i love them) lol !!!! I have no bros or sisters my dad really wants a dog to he knows exactly how to look after them as well because he had six dogs when he was growing up . He says that i have to perauade my mum because she is to house proud also she don't want one because of when we go on vacation arhhhhhhhh!! I am desperate for a dog please give me some advice thank you soooooooooo much i will appreciate it !!!!!! By the way i am 12 would i be able to volenter to walk peoples dogs down my road or be allowed to get a saturday job at my age to raise money for the dog? If you could answer that alone it would be a massive help thankyou !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Chloee 5 years ago

      Ok. I Live With My Dad And his Girlfriend in An Apartment... I have Two Cats. I've been begging and begging and begging my dad to let me get a dog. i made a video, did some research, found facts, got higher grades at school, took more care of my cats, wrote a page, found a BUNCh of benefits of having a dog when you are a child, EVERYTHING. But for some STUPID reason, he keeps saying no and he gets pissed off whenever i bring up the subject. What do I do.? ):

      PS.: We don't have much money so uhm yea :S

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      Help!!! 5 years ago

      Ok, this may sound stupid, but my mom agreed to get men's dog. End Of story, right? Wrong. She said she trusts me, but in school I have always done well. This year is much harder since I am doing two advanced classes. I am completely aware of the responsibilities, and feel like I can fulfill them. But since the classes are harder, what if my grades go down and my mom blames it on the dog and gets rid of it? What should I do?

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      ColetteCMR123 5 years ago

      i have been begging for a dog for months now, my dad really wants a dog but my mum is completely aggainst it! I have three other sisters so theres four of us and i now just about everything on golden retrievers, my sisters and my dad have even picked out a name! Its so anoying how every time i go to ask mum about it i get screamed at! We have oraginsed what breeder were getting the pup from but mum says if we bring it home while were at school she will leave the gate open and let it run away! We have had dogs before ( two dashunds ) and we took great care of them but they died a year ago. My family and i think its time for a new dog! My sisters and i have even made a scheule of what and how we would take care of it!!! Please help me make my mum say yes cause at the moment knowing every single detail and showing my responsibility isn't working!!! HELP!

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      Sorry no can do 6 years ago

      Hey so to all of you who want a dog, especially those of you who are young, like under nine, or older, such as fifteen or sixteen, you really may want a dog with all your heart but it won't work out. When I was a young child, I wanted a dog so badly. Not a just a cute puppy, but even a grown dog. I got one, and because I was young, about ten, I couldn't do much with that dog. All I could do was groom and walk it. I couldn't play with it, because I needed to keep straight a's for the dog and I took care of it, but it never loved me as you would think in your head before you got a dog. It made me sad and eventually it died young and I was devastated. We got another dog when I was older, and my three siblings were old enough to help out too. That dog was my baby. It died just three days after her second birthday. Of course I loved both these dogs, and I was convinced each time I would do the best I could with her. But the reality is, there's school, there's chores, and if you used good grades or acted responsible for the dog, you are excpected to coninue doing so along with the responsibilities of a dog. If you are begging you're parents for one and feel wronged, don't! It's their house, their rules. And they are going to be the ones taking care of the dog most of the time. School, sports, activities and friends all get in the way. If you want a dog, ask you're parents if they want a dog. If they don't. Don't push it, and wait till you're the grownup to make decisions in you're place. Or else they will just be left with a dog to care for that they didn't want in the first place. Just be patient. If you can be paitient enough to wait until you are older, then you are ready for a dog. End of story. Thanks for reading.....

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I want a dog sooooooo badly. i am trying to raise 400 $ to buy my own.

      ten ill prove my self responsible for a month. then ill say to mom and dad i think im ready... blah blah blah.

      my mom found out and was like even with the money no dog. im 14. you don't understand that i practicly need one. i no i can take care of one. please help me get a puppy. asmall breed dog. PLEASE?

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      Tingting 6 years ago

      my mum says i can never have a dog. i really want a maltese puppy.i have researched about the breed, watched training videos and i do everything-she just doesn't care. she keeps on going on about studies and completely avoiding the conversation, i find it very hurtful how she ignores my feelings. my dad is on her side all the way. All they can be bothered to talk to me is about studing and learning. i have just asked them nicely to sit down and talk but they just laughed at me. my mum just pretendede i wasn't there. they don't treat me bad and i love them to bits however they just don't want to consider buying me a puppie. Please could you give me some advice to get through my mums hard outershell, if i can get her to listen. My dad will too, please help me x

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      tessio 6 years ago

      hi! i have read most of the comments above and they have really helped!

      i have wanted a pomeranian puppy for sooooo long!! i love them. i have a black lab who i love very much and care and pet and brush and walk annnnd cleanup after it i love him very much. i also have four cats that are no trouble but i brush,feed,water,pet,and care for them i love them and they love me back. i have a cute little rabbit and i take care of him, i pet him take him outside to excersize feed him and help my mom clean the cage. he only problem with my parents are.

      mom: what happens when you go to college? they live for ffifteen years like you said (and i want to go to a university about an hour away) i don't know what to say to this but i cant wait for five years! i am dying for one!

      dad: too many animals. too many cats underfoot. recently on our two week long vaccation in early august (which we took our dog too) our cats peed in our carpet which had to be ripped up. my dad was pissed. our cats did it because they were mad at our dumb neighbour who we trusted to let two of them out (the ones who peed). none of our cats or any animals have peed in our house for two weeks. if i got my dog i would walk it twice daily and let it out and house train it.

      another problem. im afarid to bring it up again. the first time my dad walked away when i was explaining my points and the second time at dinner the said all of his points in his angry voice and i got really upset not letting me get a word in edgewise. i was crying (which i know is pretty immature but i was super upset and no one was seeming to listen to me and i got my hopes up) i have promised to pay for the collar,food,leash,brush,groomig, etc. i have asked for it for my birthday day which i think is pretty reasonable.

      please help me any piece of advice with do! thanks for your time !

      xx

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      georgie 6 years ago

      hi! i have read most of the comments above and they have really helped!

      i have wanted a pomeranian puppy for sooooo long!! i love them. i have a black lab who i love very much and care and pet and brush and walk annnnd cleanup after it i love him very much. i also have four cats that are no trouble but i brush,feed,water,pet,and care for them i love them and they love me back. i have a cute little rabbit and i take care of him, i pet him take him outside to excersize feed him and help my mom clean the cage. he only problem with my parents are.

      mom: what happens when you go to college? they live for ffifteen years like you said (and i want to go to a university about an hour away) i don't know what to say to this but i cant wait for five years! i am dying for one!

      dad: too many animals. too many cats underfoot. recently on our two week long vaccation in early august (which we took our dog too) our cats peed in our carpet which had to be ripped up. my dad was pissed. our cats did it because they were mad at our dumb neighbour who we trusted to let two of them out (the ones who peed). none of our cats or any animals have peed in our house for two weeks. if i got my dog i would walk it twice daily and let it out and house train it.

      another problem. im afarid to bring it up again. the first time my dad walked away when i was explaining my points and the second time at dinner the said all of his points in his angry voice and i got really upset not letting me get a word in edgewise. i was crying (which i know is pretty immature but i was super upset and no one was seeming to listen to me and i got my hopes up) i have promised to pay for the collar,food,leash,brush,groomig, etc. i have asked for it for my birthday day which i think is pretty reasonable.

      please help me any piece of advice with do! thanks for your time !

      xx

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      Lacey 6 years ago

      Hi! I've read all of the comments above and they have been helpful but I still have a few questions. I have always wanted a Pomeranian puppy I have looked into them and they arey dream dog. I already have one amazing black lab that I love and four cars and a rabbit. The cats are incredibly easy to care for and I love them and they lov me back. I pet them feed them brush them and cuddle them. The rabbit I always take care of. I give him food I help clean out the cage with my mom and I bring him outside so he can get excersise. I walk the dog and pick up his poo live him brush him let him out and he gets plenty of attention from eveyone. I have aske for a pom puppy for my birthday and my parents said no. I am responsible I take care of our pets and I said I would do everything for it. My parents are sold on that . But my mom and dad still have a few more concerns.

      Mom: they live for fifteen years what's going to happen when you go to college? I have no idea what to say to that and it makes me said that I will have to wait five years for a dog.

      Dad: there is enough cats in the house and they get underfoot and in the summer one of our cats was peeing in the house but I said I would housetrain it and walk twice daily! Also he said that we were not in a poistion for anthoer dog. I've done all the "strategdies" you've said except fir whinning and begging but I don't want to do that. I know the college thing is somethig to think about but I'm dying to get a puppy it's something I'm always thinking about!

      Hope you can give me some advice!

      Thanks for your time and sorry this is so long.

      Xx

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      Lacey 6 years ago

      Hi! I've read all of the comments above and they have been helpful but I still have a few questions. I have always wanted a Pomeranian puppy I have looked into them and they arey dream dog. I already have one amazing black lab that I love and four cars and a rabbit. The cats are incredibly easy to care for and I love them and they lov me back. I pet them feed them brush them and cuddle them. The rabbit I always take care of. I give him food I help clean out the cage with my mom and I bring him outside so he can get excersise. I walk the dog and pick up his poo live him brush him let him out and he gets plenty of attention from eveyone. I have aske for a pom puppy for my birthday and my parents said no. I am responsible I take care of our pets and I said I would do everything for it. My parents are sold on that . But my mom and dad still have a few more concerns.

      Mom: they live for fifteen years what's going to happen when you go to college? I have no idea what to say to that and it makes me said that I will have to wait five years for a dog.

      Dad: there is enough cats in the house and they get underfoot and in the summer one of our cats was peeing in the house but I said I would housetrain it and walk twice daily! Also he said that we were not in a poistion for anthoer dog. I've done all the "strategdies" you've said except fir whinning and begging but I don't want to do that. I know the college thing is somethig to think about but I'm dying to get a puppy it's something I'm always thinking about!

      Hope you can give me some advice!

      Thanks for your time and sorry this is so long.

      Xx

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      Jake 6 years ago

      Can someone help me get a dog I've been taking out the garbage and washing the dishes every week for ever!!! Plus I get straight As and the only reason I cant get it is because what my dad says. --> He says ,"They smell." But Ive read everywhere how to make sure they don't and have enough time to do it :[ I need help...

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      Steph. 6 years ago

      hiya, basicaly i've been trying to convince my parents to let me get a puppy/dog, and they just keep rejecting the idea even thought both of them grew up around dogs as did my older sister. lately i've fallen out with a lot of my friends and i guess i want someone i can rely on and honestly a dog can never ever let you down or be unfaithful if you show them love. most of my family own dogs so i have a lot of experience and when they are left in our care i always take full responsibility but my mum just doesn't see it! my dad works away for 2/3 or the year so he's not the one i need to persuade. But my mum consistantly tells me i'm not responsible even thought i've proven i can care for puppies and older dogs many times and i've spent nights crying over this (and i no that doesn't sound responisble) but i can't help it. i just really need some advise please:(!

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      Bailey 6 years ago

      Hi my name is bailey and I have always wanted a dog I got a 1 dog named charlie my family got him when i was around the age of 3 i am now 9 years old i REALLY want a puppy i want a small puppy so they are a little bit easier to take care of i think i am pretty responsible but i don't know what my parents think

      i take care of 2 hampsters one is my brothers but i help him take care of it. I try to help out with our dog i love our dog a lot i take him out to play a lot i play with him a lot toohe loves sleeping in my room. and i was wondering if you coulgive me some advice. :)

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      Dog, Please 6 years ago

      I want a dog SOO badly. My mom and bro want one but my dad says no. I've been asking for5 years and notheing. I'm respoinsible already!

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      Doggie wanter 6 years ago

      I had a dog for 6 1/2 years he died of cancer when he was 6 and I really want a dog since it's been about 6 weeks. Here's our discussion....

      "mom can we get a dog on my b day?" "WHAT?! No I'm not ready and that's In a month so no"

      "daddy can we get a dog?"

      "hmm let me think..... Noooo"

      I waited a couple weeks and it still happened. Someone help!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Anonymous (a unique anonymous) 6 years ago

      My mom won't let me volunteer at the animal shelter. What do I do?

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      Bri 6 years ago

      My mom wont let me get a puppy. I've been trying for years. She claims I'm not responsible, but I feel I've shown my repsonssibility.

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      Geez 6 years ago

      Wow 3 dogs?! How spoilt are you? I cant even get 1. Seriously be happy with what you got. You cant just forget about your other dogs.

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      nicole 6 years ago

      hello :L u should just do what i done this morning i asked my mum and she said ask ur dad and he said no so then i asked my mum again and she said it will be the same as when i had my first dog and i didn't look after it right.im gonna ask her again and i think she will say yes because i showed her a pictures of one i like and she said where is that at

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      hello 6 years ago

      i have tried everything you said Seriously i did! but all my parents say is that i can only get a dog if i get straight A's in myy report card. But i know that is not going to happen because i always get some B's so please help me i don't know what to do and i really want a short dog i don't even care what kind of a dog it is i want one and i trained my self to take great care of it at all times myfriend even promissed she will be looking out for it when i am out of the town

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      nicole 6 years ago

      i really want a dog and i had one before but i didn't look after it right but my parents wont let me have another pup could any of you help me to prove to them that im ready to look after it

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      linda 6 years ago

      i really want a dog

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      nicole 6 years ago

      hey i really want a dog i had one before and i didn't really look after it well so my parents sold it. i really want a puppies so could any of you tell me how to prove to them that i will really look after it very well. and pluse they always say no when i ask and say don't bring up dog again so what shall i do please help meeeeee i reallllllyyyyyy want a puppie

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      Lauren 6 years ago

      I love puppies. I really want one and am planning to make powerpoints and gl0gsters and prezies to grab their attention. you should try it too!!

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      I am about ready to cry.

      My finally found a dog that I absolutly ADORE and we already picked out a name and everything and then....

      My Mom backs out.

      PLEASE help me. I will die and I am NOT exaggerating. Im serious

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      Lita 6 years ago

      Hi again

      I forgot to say that my brothers also like the idea, but for them it doesn't really matter

      My dog is a beagle mix and the dog I would like is also a beagle mix. I would love to see them playing in my garden. It's a really big garden. I would also love to walk them together in the countryside. They would be perfect. I really really really want it. My friends at school helped me but it didn't help. Your my only hope!!!! I feel lonely at school sometimes and I would like to come home and feel happier. I know that my dog( lita) also feels that!

      PLEASE HELP ME!!! Could you give me some good ideas. Me and my dog would be REALLY HAPPY. I will love you more than everyone. I have been waiting for this for ages.

      Thanks

      xxx

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      Lita 6 years ago

      Hey

      i also have that problem. I've got one dog and I would like to adopt her a friend.

      I already helped an adoption shelter and loved a dog. He has already been adopted.

      My mom says that we have enough animals and my dad said that my mother needs to decide.

      I haven't asked them for a long time. Should I ask them again??

      I LOVE animals and I'm really SAD ;(

      HELP me please!!! I really need one

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      mackenzie 6 years ago

      i been begging my mom to get me a puppy ever since i was little. but she always so NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so how do i get my mom to buy me a little puppy? it would be helpful if you could give me some tips or advise!!!! and thank you. :)

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      dog wanter 6 years ago

      ok so I have 2dogs and 2cats (ones really old and ones really young). we went to a pet store a found an adorable shih tzu that adorded me and my mom. although my mom said she would have got it if it wasn't already bought! on the way home she said "you know I almost got it BUT I just remimber how much you so take care of your dog and cat.(sarcastically)" so the next day I did a lot of cleaning(mostly involving the animals). but she also said that since were moving soon it will be hard to rent a place that allows animals.is that true also want can I do to help her understand I'm ready for a cute little shih tzu puppy also my first dog(cavapoo) cost almost $1000 and this ones going to be cheaper. any ideas?

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      Alex 6 years ago

      When I was about 12 (I am 17 now) I started walking my neighbour's dogs on a volunteer basis to prove to my parents that I could take a care of a dog! It sure paid off, because I have my own dog now. Trust me, it helps a lot! I would bring the dogs out for long walks, and "show them to my parents". I am a proud owner now!

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      Luke 6 years ago

      Hi, I'm a 14 year old male and I have always wanted a dog since early childhood. I have recently started asking my mum for an Anatolian Shepherd Dog. I have looked at the breeds characteristics, how big they will grow and how much exercise they will need Etc. We do not have a big back garden but a huge field about 100m from where i live to let it off the leash. I am really having trouble trying to convince my Mum that i will take almost complete responsibility (Whilst i'm not at school -- I even said i will come home and feed the dog during lunch to keep meal times regular) I try my best with the things at home like: cleaning my room, emptying the dishwasher and doing regular chores but i can't prove to her that I will be responsible with a pet because no one in my family has one. Her continuous argument has always been "I will end up looking after it" and since i only have about 1 year left at school now that will not be the case. I would really appreciate any suggestions.

      Luke

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      shorty 6 years ago

      hi am grace but you can call me shorty . i have wanted a dog for a long time ,but it is the money . how can you rasie money for a puppy ?

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      Shawn 6 years ago

      hi, ive been asking for a dog ever since i was three and at first my parents kept saying "mabye next year" but finally they said im not getting one at all because they think it would be too much stress and they don't want another thing to worry about, also i have two gerbils and they think that's enough. i have tried to prove myself in every way, i help out around the house, i do reasearch( ive settled on a puggle) i even try to pamper my gerbils but nothings working, the answer is always the same no matter how long i wait to ask them. can i have some help here?

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      @shea 6 years ago

      I really need help! u c, my dad is a really big dog lover,but he doesn't want a dog. My mom says its fine, but my dad misses a dog he had a couple yrs ago. He says if we get a dog, he'll leave. I no so much about dogs.

      I prove all the time that i can take care of a dog. I even dog-sit my friend's dog. pleae help me!

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      6 years ago

      Whitney,

      I have wanted a dog for a long time. My family has a cat,and I admit that I could take more charge in cat care,and I am working hard at that. My dad wants me to have a dog,but he needs me to really prove myself and be responsible. My mom,on the other hand,is not in favor of it at all and is convinced that she will end of taking care of it. I am literally afraid to talk to her about it. Do you have any tips for me to prove to her that she will not,and that I really will take complete care of the dog?

      Thanks!

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      justine 6 years ago

      wow claire! you are really a brat!!!

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      Ella 6 years ago

      my parents both say yes but my grandma says no because the house is pretty much all carpet and I've tried acting responsible but it isn't working we also don't live in a very big house but it is next to a park so the dog would get enough exercise, please help me

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      Jennifer 6 years ago

      Hi. I've been asking my parents for another dog for months. My mom's OK with it, but my dad always says "NO". We have a 6 year old black Lab, Ali. Please, please, please HELP me. I love Ali, but what I really want is a Papillon.

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      Izzi 6 years ago

      I am a pretty, kind 12 year old girl. All my life I have wanted a dog, but have never gotten one. I have a 10 y. Old brother a 4 y. Old brother and an 18 m. Old sister. We are also moving now. It probably isn't the best time to get one but I want one.

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      6 years ago

      i want a dog very bad

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      Lissy391 6 years ago

      Do you even check the questions anymore? We need your help Whitney!

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      Lissy391 6 years ago

      Please answer my question soon Whitney! You give great advice and I really need some advice right now! The breeder I found has a website and the next litter of puppies is available at the end if April! That's not too long away and I would like some advice asap so that I can use your tips and get prepared for a puppy! Please help Whitney!

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      cc 6 years ago

      I have been trying to get my parents to get me a dog but it just wont work my mom is closer to getting a dog but my dad is just not for it he had two dogs when he was little now it is my turn I do not have a dog already and I really want one anyone have any advice for me please

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      cc 6 years ago

      I have been trying to get my parents to get me a dog but it just wont work my mom is closer to getting a dog but my dad is just not for it he had two dogs when he was little now it is my turn I do not have a dog already and I really want one anyone have any advice for me please

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      Lissy391 6 years ago

      Whitney,

      I really want a westie puppy! I already have a puggle and I take such good care of him but whenever I ask for a puppy my parents say no. My mum says she will consider it but I don't think she will say yes! I have been doing my chores and listening to my parents and giving my other dog tons of attention but mum keeps saying she's considering it! Do you have any tips to show my mum I'm responsible enough? Oh and I have found a breeder and my auntie just got 2 puppies from her and I have been taking good care of them whenever I see them! I have a male puggle so I have already researched about it and it sounds like getting a female is the way to go. Is this true? Please help me I'm a very responsible 14 year old girl and I get straight As and so does my brother! Please please please help us!

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      Lydia 6 years ago

      I do have a dog now but hes lazy as ever and I have nothing to do with him. I've been volunteering at this dog rescue for quite some time now. And my mom didn't want me to sign up cause I'm gonna want all the dogs there. But I only want this little poodle puppy, and I really really really really really want it. I have no idea where to start in getting this dog. What should I say? My mom is cool with it, but my dad keeps saying no cause my dog now might not like it. What does he know we've never had another dog in the house!!! What should I do??? HELP!

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      Mj 6 years ago

      Ok I have wanted a doggie FOREVER ,I have done alllll the research about Labs and know AALOT about them ,but my mom goes with whatever my dad says (sometimes she will try to talk him into it for me)What else can I do? We have 1 dog ,2 cats, some rabbits, 1 bird ,horses,cattle too ( we live on a farm ) PLEASE HELP MEEEE

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      ashley star 6 years ago

      my dad will not let me get a dog. i had a dog last summer but she [angel] got bit by a snake. she died. i want a calvalier.k.c.spaniel. if you have one you are trying to give away, post a comment and i will see you shortly. give your name, phone number. thank you, ashley star.

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      Cameron123 6 years ago

      Hi I've been asking my dad for a Doberman pinscher lately. He's been away on business so it's been by text. I am 13 and have 3 cats and a 9 year old dog. My dog is a mutt and he has been great these last few years. Lately I've been wanting a Doberman puppysince I was too young to fully experience his puppy hood. I can be very responsible but lately I doubt I have shown it. Do you have any ideas to help persuade my dad? Usually if I can persuade my dad I can persuade my mom.

      Thanks a lot,

      Cameron123

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      Wysteria Tan 6 years ago

      Hello!I have been trying for who knows how long to convince my parents for a puppy.But the answers are always"NO!".Why?I don't get it.I mean,I'm not those kind of reckless and playful kids.But I did lose a few stuff like pencil cases and textbooks in pre-school,but I always got them back.Have I lost my hope of ever getting a puppy?I saw a beautiful dark brown Chihuahua at a shop window and fell in love with him at first sight.I really want to buy him.He has the same birthday as me!So please Whitney,give me some advice.I'll really appreciate it.So will my 'future puppy'.Thank You so much.

      Best Wishes,

      Wysteria Tan

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      5 yrs 6 years ago

      ive been asking for a dog for 5 years now my mom says no my dad says yes

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      Ally 6 years ago

      Whitney i have been asking and asking my parents for a dog for years and it still isn't working what do i do?

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      Caitlin 6 years ago

      We used to have a dog. We had to give her away because she had developed behavioral problems and became "wild". She also had a disease. Now I really want another dog, so badly, not as a toy like some people view them, but as a friend and a companion because I have no friends at school and am kind of lonely. My mom is with me, she loves dogs and wants another too. But my dad says no. He doesn't want a dog and will not end up taking care of it like last time. I have many reasons why the last dog didn't work out. I was only eight, my brother six. My brother had autism and was hard to control around the dog and teased it. But he has grown out of it and is perfectly fine around dogs now. We realized we got our dog from a bad breeder, a puppy mill, and that had an influence on its behavior. But most importantly, I have learned from my mistakes last time and I am fully aware of the time and effort it takes to train and take care of a dog, and I am ready, I will do better this time. I even offered to pay half the price. I told my dad what specific breed I was looking for. I also told him that the breeder that sells the dogs is a very reputable breeder and doesn't let the dogs go home until they are four months old and potty-trained and all they need is the rest of their first year shots. This time, I received a "maybe". What should I do? I feel like I've explained everything to him, like I've got nothing more to say. I think my dad doubts me, because of what happened to the last dog. What can I do to prove to him that I am responsible enough now, and convince him to finally allow me to get a dog?

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      bri 6 years ago

      i have wanted a dog since i was three and im 12 now i have looked up dogs and want a bichon frise i am very responsible and take care of my cat but they still say nooooo i do the dishes keep my room clean. i think its because my parents both had bad dogs growing up so what do i do to get a dog please help i have also tryed not begging and not talking about it for a few week but they still say noooo

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      ABanana 6 years ago

      How can I convince my Dad to let us get a dog???

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      Daria 6 years ago

      My dad died a couple of months ago and im really sad im only 12 so i take it very badly.Could anyone help me please i really want a yorkshire terrier to make me forget about the sad time i have read all about them and i know how to care for them.my mum says no when i ask but she says the puppy isn't born yet!i just cant wait for a yorkie the puppy will help me forget about daddy but my mum keeps on saying no.my mum had a dog when she was small as well and its still alive but he is old, that should help me a bit.i tidy up my room and help with my little sister but it still doesn't work.help me please!

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      Christina 6 years ago

      Okay i want a dog so bad my mom is on board with it but my dad isn't. He doesnt even want to talk about it. My mom got me a dog and my dad made me give it away for no reason. I try and try and try to talk to my dad about it maturely and he just makes a joke or just ignore me what do I do? I want a dog so bad. I have done everything! The research the voulnteering everything but still nothing. ALSO my dad keeps saying maybe some day but then other days he says straight out NO and im so confused what do I do?

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      please help me 6 years ago

      okey i admit i'm 11 i admit i'm lazy and i admit i'm scareds of certain breeds of dog. but i really want a yorkie. there small. there cute. there trainable. i will look after it. the only pet ive ever had is 1...2...3...4...5... fish. even then i had to buy the last 2. that's the only pet i'm aloud to get. IT'S NOT FAIR. i'm sick of fish now. ive had fish on and off since i was about 5! my dad feeds it my mum cleans it and i want a responsibility. a dog! please help me. my mum said she'd think about i think shes coming round after the whole 'its small so it wont eat too much, it wont take up too much space (we have a fairly small house), it wont need to exercise for hours every day... etc etc.' she said she'd think about it. really think about it but 'what about insurance, vet bills, the 4 cats who are still young and (BIRD DECAPITATING) won't they mistake a small dog as food? etc etc.' my dad still wants a big dog (house too small, i don't like big dogs) or nothing at all. i said the only way we'll ever get a bigger dog then that is if i get used to dogs. the obnly way thatll happen is have a small one, then in a few years a medium one, then after that a big one.' dads not convinced. help! what an i say or shall i just leave it see what happens? wow you read it all congrats for that i was boring myself!

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      Allison 6 years ago

      After asking for a dog for a year after our other one died

      I finally got one, Jaxi is supposed to be a family dog but I'm actually the one who plays, walks, and takes care of her. She is almost 2 years old. She has to stay in her pen unless we are with her and she gets pretty bored. I am thinking about asking for a second dog to keep her company but my Dad always says the same thing:'do you want to get rid of Jaxi?'. I want to get an older dog from the SPCA. Do you have any Ideas how to convince him?

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      Kate 6 years ago

      i wanted a golden retriever for about four months now, and i bring it up every three days or so. so i asked my mom to actually, really consider it, and she said, and i quote, "NO". so i asked her if not even that, maybe another breed. she wouldn't reply for a moment there, and i said mom? "OKAY". so i am now looking at miniature golden doodles.it is working out great so far.

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      a.howar6 6 years ago

      ok so, I have a black lab and mixed with something else(my dad hates him) and I want my own dog (goldendoodle) my dad hates all animals but I love thme like crazy like my mom, any ideas on how to make him less stubborn about another dog. Pleaseeee. I've read about the goldendoodleabunch and it would fit in my house perfectly!

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      Sophie 6 years ago

      I really want a dog. I have wanted one since i can remember, but i have only seriously thought about it around 4 months ago. I have done approx 3 powerpoints, and a whole notebook with schedule of feeding e.t.c. I have 2 rabbits at the moment(they live in the garage) and i look after them quite well. My parents did get annoyed at one point so i left it for 1 month. I am now trying to plan my next move. i know how much a dog from a shelter needs a 2nd cahnce and i really think we could give one. I just need help convincing them to take the last step. P.S I sometimes look after my neighbours dog and my dad said if i could have her for a week no complaints or anything they would consider. But mum said she wouldn't have my neighbours dog in the house( she is vicous and very obese, i feel like crying when i see her.) She is the only dog in know so please HELP!!

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      Blob252 6 years ago

      My Mom DOesn't like big dogs because she had a bad expiriance with one. I want a border collie mix my dad loves her and tried asking my mom to get me it. Plz help me i can't seem to convince her to get me another dog! P.S. I have a male Boston Terrier.

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      ali 6 years ago

      i really want a dog my whole family wants a dog except my mom me my sister and my brother have been trying so hard we do everything we can like be responsible, talking care of other animals, practicing with my cousins dog for the weekend and nothing is working. if my mom said i don't care,whatever, or i want nothing to do with it then my dad would have a dog so fast at my house but it is just my mom. and the one thing i don't get os my mom and dad grew up with dogs there whole life and my family just wants one dog. my brother sister and i just want one dog in our child hood and i think it would be fun to take care of a dog and walk it and show off with it but my mom thinks i am just all talk so can you please give me advice i really need it thank you very much

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      bestgirl16 6 years ago

      please write back and please give some more advice for me please i really need it a LOT! i am all alone just with my older sister my sisters baby by little brother that's so annoying my mom and me well my sister and her baby will leave there not staying forever she is just visiting but PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      audrey 6 years ago

      i know i really want one its no FAIR. i akes my mom evary time but NO i take relly good of my other dog so is like mom but a dog or puppy is like 350 or 400 or 200 i think its not that much but NO so that's why i went here so i could wite my story could help get a dog and its been going on for years but no ples i beg of you ples i hope help me buy

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      bestgirl16 6 years ago

      please help me my mom always says no your to young and your not responsible and you wont clean up after it and where will it stay and i really want one i ask here i make her look at dogs saying that dog is so cute wouldn't you like a dog like that and she says no i wouldn't but the hard thing is she doesn't like dogs and my sister doesn't like dogs and i have a little 5 year old brother and it hard to get a dog and i need your help a lot!! i am CRAZY about dogs!! i LOVE animals so much!! and my sister just had her baby and everybody in my family doesn't like animals as CRAZY i do but my cousin austin and his mom let them have a cat frog guinie pig and they just gave away they dog because a skunk sprayed her. AND I ASKED MY MOM FOR A LONG TIME AND SHE ALWAYS SAYS NO AND I BE SO MAD!!! I ALWAYS ASK AND WANT A PUPPY!! ILL TAKE ANYDOG AS LONG AS I GET ONE PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE AND IM NOT TRYING TO BE A BAD PERSON PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

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      Lily 6 years ago

      My neighbor has 4 maltese dogs and she is fostering two from a rescue foundation. I want to ask her if one of the malteses could be my christmas and birthday present, but my dad and mom say no. I researched dogs and I do tons of work around the house to prove my responsibitity.

      They both had dogs as a kid, but I can't help pay for the rescue because I'm a year young to babysit and I don't get allowance. What should I Do?

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      abi matthews 6 years ago

      hi i'm abi

      we recently moved out of my home, colorado. and my dog bear died. she was one year younger than me and i still remember finding her on the side of the road in santa fe new mexico. (11 years earlier) i was onmy way to the doctors appointment (and i STILL REMEMBER THIS) and there was a paper bag spilt over. inside i saw three big fluff balls. two of them had there eyes shut. but one didn't. that was my bear. eventually they grew bigger and we were bottle feeding them for a while.....and we eventually put them up for adoption. the two got adopted very quickly, but bear refused to be adopted. whenever someone came to see her she would growl at them and bark. except for me and my family of course. so we adopted her with warming hearts and smiles :). (1 year earlier than the present) we noticed a dime sized brown spot along her neck. right on her spine. we figured it was just sap from the trees but the next day it was the size of my palm! then we noticed that it was not sap. it was a scab. i had forgotten exactly what the disease was but i think it was that her body stopped making red blood cells. e few days later she couldn't walk or eat. she couldn't go outside. i was going out to school that morning and i saw her for the last time. i pet her all morning and said goodbye as i left the house. (6 hours later) i saw my family all outside planting a maple tree. i looked at my moms face and she didn't have to say anything. i just started to cry. during the skool day our veterinarian cam over amd helped lift my dog outside where she wanted to be. then they injected poisons into her body and she closed her eyes. and she never opened them again. (back to when i got off the bus) i ran home. it was sunset. and i lay there by the maple tree where my bear was dead underneath. and every day i would come back to that tree and plead that she would come back. until we moved.(present day) now our other dog,(wait for a funny name...) kat, ( yes her name is kat........ wich we had while we had bear) is always alone. and we are gone all day. i always walk or play with her at least once a day and i teach her a new trick about every three days. she is a quick learner. Now we have moved on and i think we need a new dog more than anything. i have done much research and think that an old English sheepdog would be the best choice because of their energy level. (and i love grooming pets to......its a hobby of mine haha) and because kat gets afraid of small dogs even though she is a huge labradoodle xD. and yet another reason: because i am usually the clown of the family but kinda stopped when bear died, so we need more laughter (and they are supposed to be funny)So any way i have been trying to talk my mom into another dog but she says we cant because we are renting a house. and i agree about that but we are moving this summer and i am very responsible (especially for my age) and i am capable of taking care of one 100%. I'm even trying to convince my mom that we could get an adult dog so that we don't have to potty train it but she thinks that we are gonna rent a house again. SHE WONT EVEN ASK THE LANDLORD! (i don't yell this out i just ask her politely and say i understand even though i really don't) and it just kills me to see kat outside.........her only friend is a squirrel.............if you call her chasing after it and trying to eat it a friend xD. ( back to the topic) and she loves other dogs so much! i have never seen a dog this much into other dogs! our neighbors back in colorado had dogs and we even shared a back yard so she had a lot of friends but now she deosnt have any and its terrible seeing the pain she goes through :'(. its like bella and edward xD. (back to topic again) my grades are good and i take care of myself. ive been cleaning the house and doing the cats litter box every day even though it is my sisters responsibility. my love is towards animals and i am the only vegetarian in my family and its been that way for a year. and i am afraid of talking about getting another dog to my dad because he hates animals. he deosnt even talk to me much any more and when he deos hes grumpy >:( because all i talk about is how much i want to become an animal cruelty investigator when i grow up. all the pet shelters near me say that i have to be 13 to volunteer and none of my neighbors have dogs. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

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      Ashlee 6 years ago

      Hi,

      I am only 10 years old and know a WHOLE LOT about dogs and I am an animal freak and my mum knows that. I have a cat, guinea pig, EXPENSIVE parrot hats a chattering Lori and fish and getting a rabbit and I also have 2 dogs that are gettin married. My older 13 year old sister is SO ANNOYING and she was annoying the he'll out of me so I had a bit of a spaz. If I see a dog on the street I can identiy he breeds just by looks and I am only 10!! My best friend is Maltese x shih tzu breeder and he pups are ADORABLE me and my mum love them a d she was talking to my friends mum(the breeder) about purchasing one. So when j had my little spaz, my mum yelled at me and said she was going to get me another puppy but not anymore:( PLEASE HELP... What can I do to show her I'm responsible owner and gt me a puppy without me asking...??????? I can already teach great commands and house break because of my training DVD... SO PLEASE tell me what to do

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      Rene382 6 years ago

      Hiya!

      I asked my mum for a puppy to keep me company since im an only child with no pets. She said shed think about it. This was about the 18th time i asked. I toled her how badly i want one and she said NO. I havnt been able to stop crying and ive begun to get real depressed and not want to leave my room. What can i do to conince her to get me one?

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      Lyss 6 years ago

      Hello Whitney,

      I have been asking my mom for a dog for about 8 yrs now and 2 yrs ago I got one. I trained him well. But my brother undid every little bit of training I did. So my mom got rid of my puppy 3 or 4 months later. I started asking my mom for one again latley but she continues to say no . I have written a 10 pg. essay on which breeds would be best for us and how I will be EVEN more responsible and how I will pay for most/some of it because I baby sit quite often earning more than $30 a job. I have roommate who want a dog too but they don't want one of their own. So they are okay with having a dog in the house. Please help me Whitney.

      -Lyss