As we would like a little dog at home, but mom and dad don’t want to. How to convince parents to take a dog and start a life of joy with the dog?
A boy or girl (but older boys and girls too) usually have a big dream: to have a puppy. A pet, especially a dog, is certainly a faithful friend who will accompany them for many years of love. But there is usually a big obstacle to overcome. Mom and dad, usually reluctant. So how do you do it? How to get parents to take a dog? Given that the infinite whims and continuous pounding with a repeated question all day do not help much, we discover the best guide to solve this long-standing problem.
The best way to convince them
An old saying from Winston Pendelton said that the best way for a baby to have a puppy is to ask his parents for a little brother. They will certainly agree on a puppy. In fact, there are better strategies than this to use when we want to plead the cause of a little furry friend at home.
To convince parents to take a dog, we must first put ourselves in their shoes. We say “dog” and they probably understand “time, expenses, tossed schedules, a lot more work at home, possible destruction of furniture and objects in the house”, and who knows how many other negative but – unfortunately – practical and realistic thoughts.
It is best to respond to their concerns while highlighting the best parts of a dog’s property. But we can’t just talk, we have to show that we are ready to have a dog with facts. We have to make it clear that we can be a responsible boss in practice.
We plan a daily routine
Whether you take a new puppy or an adult dog, you will still need food, walking, exercise, grooming and training. By creating a list of daily activities, we are showing our parents that we understand how much time and effort is needed, to breed a happy, healthy and well-adapted pet.
We show them how we intend to apply this routine
Will we get up first to feed and walk the dog? Are we willing to give up some after-school activities, to go home and take care of our four-legged friend? Shall we clean up after he does his need? Are we willing to contribute to the expenses for this new arrival in the family? Too often, families take a dog “for the kids”, but mom and dad end up doing all the work. We have to show them that we are eager to take on many responsibilities.
We show that we are responsible
We start by completing all the household activities, without the parents pestering us to do it. We make the bed, put our room in place, take out the trash and wash the dishes. You may also get extra pocket money for taking on additional duties.
We do research
Each breed is different, from size and appearance to temperament and exercise needs. A cute dog you saw in the park may not be the right breed for our family.
For example, if our family is athletic and wants a dog to go on summer hikes, a breed of the toy group may not meet our needs. If we live in an apartment, a large breed could take up too much space. We also explain the reasons for wanting a particular breed. It will show that we have done our homework.
We help with expenses
Let’s find a way to help with expenses that come from dog ownership. If we are talking about a fairly old boy, we will consider the idea of finding a part-time job or offering to do chores in the neighborhood (babysitting, cleaning, cutting the grass, etc.)
We can also save the money received as a gift for some holidays or for a birthday. If we really want to show our parents that we are ready to take care of a dog, we can also find a job like take your neighbor’s canine companions for a walk or keep an eye on them.
We talk to professionals in the sector
We can ask professionals for information on what it really is like to have a dog. Here are some tips that we could already include in our list:
- Owning a dog often equates to more time spent in the family. Walks, games in the backyard and training sessions are activities that the whole family can enjoy.
- We will spend more time outdoors. Fresh air and physical activity are good for us and our dog.
- We may feel safer with a dog at home. You don’t necessarily need to get a guard dog, but with training, most breeds can learn who is welcome in the house and who is not. In addition, families with dogs are less likely to be burglarized.
- Dog ownership teaches responsibility. We will learn to follow a routine and fulfill promises. In addition, we will experience the joy of taking care of another living being.
We enter into a family contract
We specify which activities we will personally undertake. This could mean walking the dog twice a day or cleaning up any accidents that happen at home. This is the time to have an open and honest conversation with our parents. Anyone can sign it, to indicate how seriously they commit themselves.
We face the concerns of the parents
Maybe mom or dad are allergic to dogs. We could always present them with a list of hypoallergenic breeds. If they are worried about grades at school or any extracurricular activities, there is no need to get defensive. Let’s listen to them and answer honestly. So let’s give them time to think about our proposal.
Owning a dog can be one of life’s greatest joys, but it involves many responsibilities. If we can prove to our parents that we are willing and able to take that responsibility, we may have managed to secure a four-legged best friend.