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Q: Conveinent Convincing

January 25, 2010 | By Kaylee A. | 4 answers | Expired: 1715 days ago

Conveinent Convincing

I am trying so hard to convince my parents to get a puppy? I need help.. If you can, give me a few tips on animal adoption or convincing people to want an animal so badly that they HAVE no choice but to get one. PLEASE help me!

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Kris
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Jan 26, 2010

I think the best way to convince your parents that you should have a puppy is to show them that you will be responsible. I am not sure how old you are, but if you can you might try volunteering at a shelter, rescue, or something involving dogs. Also if you are good on the computer, start researching different breeds that you like. Share the infomation with your parents and ask them what they will require before they will let you have a puppy.

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Amber
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Jan 26, 2010

your parents will *always* have the choice to say no, and being mature enough to accept that is probably one of the first and best things that you could do. you could find a cure for cancer, bring about world peace, and make straight A's on your report card, but they still, for any number of reasons or no reason at all, can say no, because they're your parents.

that said, don't beg or whine about it. instead, try having a calm, mature, rational discussion about why they don't want to get you a puppy. really, they could have any number of reasons. beyond the cute and cuddly, puppies can also be expensive, messy, destructive, noisy, smelly, time-consuming and energy-draining. they involve a commitment of a good 10 - 20 years of your life, and many kids leave their pets with their parents when they grow up and move out (not me!). if you want to try to prove to your parents that you're up to the responsibility, you first should understand what worries them so much about the idea of getting you a puppy, though some things (like the expense involved) you may simply have to accept as beyond your control if they're part of the problem.

volunteering with a shelter is a good idea. also, there is the option of fostering. you and your family could provide a temporary home for a shelter dog that is up for adoption. many shelters will give the foster-family food for the pet and will pay regular vet bills, so this might be a good alternative way to enjoy a dog if expense is an issue. it would also be *temporary*. it would be a way for you to get some real life experience in your own home and prove that you can be responsible, but without making the life-long commitment involved in actually adopting a dog, which may appeal to your parents. it would be a good, charitable act, it would be a happy medium between "life-long commitment" and "no dog at all", and it would be a "a step in the right direction" for you.

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Dennis S.
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Jan 27, 2010

You now have a kitty. Do you make sure the litter is scopped? Do you make sure kitty has food and fresh water? Or have you let your parents assume responsibility? If you have let your parents do it, well puppies are even a lot more work.

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