How Do I Convince My Parents I'm Ready for a Puppy?
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:
- "Mom can we get a puppy"- "No"
- "Daddy, I need a new puppy."- "Ask your mother"
- "Mom, please can I get a puppy!" "No! We have four dogs!"
- I let it sit for a few weeks.
- "Daddy, it'd be so cool to get a puppy, don't you think?"- "Maybe"
- At that point, my dad's into it and asking my mom for a dog.
- 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
- 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."
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.
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.