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Q: Conveinent Convincing

January 25, 2010 | By Kaylee A. | 4 answers | Expired: 1654 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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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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Jillian
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Jan 26, 2010

be mature about it. when a kid shows maturity, parents are often more willing to give them more responsibility. they probably don't want a puppy right now b/c it is a TON of work. potty training alone takes weeks, sometimes months of vigilant attention and dedication. if you're at school all day, someone else will have to do this. dogs are great, but puppies can be frustrating and exhausting. so instead of asking for a 12 week old puppy, maybe ask for one who's 5 months and already potty trained.
even consider getting an older dog. puppies are almost guaranteed a home, but older dogs have a 50% chance of being put down just for being there too long. and in no kill shelters, it's the dogs who have been there the longest who suffer the most.

* between one and two million dogs are euthanized in shelters each year in the united states alone. there aren't enough homes to go around and all these dogs want is to be w/a caring, loving family.

* children w/dogs tend to be more mature, patient, and empathetic {empathy is when you can sympathetically be understanding of someone elses situation}; having a dog builds character.

* go w/a beginner dog like a labrador retriever, golden retriever, chihuahua, basset hound, pug, or king charles spaniel. these are some of the easiest to train and w/o having years of experience, most breeds will give you a lot of difficulty

* pick out what breed you're interested in and research them at www.dogbreedinfo.com - then look for one in your area online. try not to get too attached in case your parents say no, but it will be harder for them if they have a face to match your pleas.

* be sure to learn as much as you can about the breed first. this will impress the hell out of your parents.

* people are more likely to adopt when they feel responsible for the well being of the animal. read this {it's short} www.cbrrescue.org/articles/qualityoflife.htm and tell your parents what you learned from it. living in shelters is mentally wearing to a dog. it's a boring, lonely life and for an intelligent and loving animal, the isolation and repeated rejection really gets to them. {*note: chesapeake bay retrievers are for advanced trainers only}

* who is more likely to say yes? w/o being annoying and nagging them, talk to that parent alone after you've maturely discussed it w/both.

* go to www.petfinder.com and just show them the vast amount of dogs in shelters that need homes. it's staggering to see how many are on there for any given search.

* and you have all of us at zootoo to answer your questions and give you advice and training tips. there's a lot of intelligent and knowledgeable people on here that can teach you everything you need to know about raising a dog.

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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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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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