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Q: My mom won't let me get a puppy. How can i convince her to let me have one.

October 15, 2008 | By Rami H. | 15 answers | Expired: 2102 days ago

What are the good things about having a puppy?

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Claudia
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Oct 21, 2008

Hi Rami,

seems like others have given you great advice already. I had the same problem with my mom when I was your age. You should show her that you can be a very responsible person and that your are able to take care of a puppy yourself. You might also start out volunteering at a shelter or rescue to show your mom you are willing to learn what it takes. You should also educate yourself about puppies and tell your mom all the facts so that she sees you are not just jumping into something that you don't know anything about.

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Kelsey L.
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Oct 20, 2008

You may look into adopting an adult instead. Adults are usually housebroken already and calmer and alot less work. They also get looked over by most people, looking for cute adorable puppies.

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Heatherstevens07
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Oct 17, 2008

They are a great addition to families. Alot of times, as with my pup, they help out with depression and have helped to keep me from relapsing into bad habits. My pup is my world and I wouldn't trade anything in the world for her. She helps keep peace in the family.

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Terri H.
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Oct 17, 2008

1 thing i know why pets are great to have is that you have a great friend and 1 more thing they become a family member

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Sarann T.
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Oct 16, 2008

Tell them that you can be responsibility.

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Meg S.
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Oct 16, 2008

Hey Rami....every one else has given some great answers. You have to remember that not only will a dog be yours but the whole family, so you will want everyone to want a dog and understand that the dog will be around for many years.
Maybe as others have suggested, visiting your local animal shelter with Mom or volunteering, depending on how old you are. You can also check out local dog shows that may be held in your town or around you. That is always a great way to see all of the different types of dogs and maybe Mom will soften some.
Good luck!

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Cindy
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Oct 16, 2008

You can convince her by showing her you can be responsible and do any chores you are regularly supposed to do.

Do you like the outdoors? Can you take a dog for at least one long walk every day? Can you follow through on something you are asked to do and complete it on time and do a good job? Are you studious? Do you like to learn about animals? Do you do your homework every day?

If your mom can see that you would take responsibility for the dog or puppy, she may be convinced.

She may have other reasons for not wanting a puppy right now besides worrying she would have to take care of it, like most parents end up doing.

Taking a dog into your home is a big commitment in terms of time and money. You have to train the dog. Vet bills can be expensive.

There are considerations if the family is busy and both parents work. You couldn't get a puppy if both your parents work and you are at school. A puppy needs someone to be with it most of the time.

I like the suggestion of volunteering until the time is right to get your own dog. That way you can learn about dogs and different breeds and behaviors and what kind of dog you might like.

It's easy to like them all! Puppies are nearly irresistable --but you should go into dog ownership with the idea that you will have this pet for the duration of its life. So -- make the best decision possible.

You need to show your mom - not tell her why you want a dog, and that you can be responsible to take care of it. Unless she's not fond of dogs, she probably already knows what they are good for! :)

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John H.
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Oct 15, 2008

For some aspects of my answer it all depends on your age which I am not sure of. for the moment lets assume you are 14 or under. A puppy is ALOT of additional work. So much so that there are alot of people that underestimate what they got themselves into. House breaking, rambunctiousness, lack of dicipline, etc. Whereas, older dogs, lets say 1 yr old and up, you will have some less work since some of those issues could be resolved at that age. In short, based on my reasons, you might have an easier time convincing them to let you have a dog than a puppy.

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Debby1124
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Oct 15, 2008

Any companion animal makes a great addition to any family. It not only has health benefits, but it overall makes you feel happier with life in general. You also save an animals life when you adopt from a rescue.

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Kavykeeper
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Oct 15, 2008

If the entire family isn't on board about wanting a dog, I wouldn't recommend getting one. It's a lifelong commitment and usually ends up being the responsibility of the parent if the child loses interest. Did you ever consider a small pet? There are lots of different small animals that don't require the daily walks, etc. A small pet is ideal for someone who has an active lifestyle, yet will devote time to feeding, playing with and keeping it's cage clean. Plus, they make great pets for someone living in an apartment or who wants to keep it in their room. We have never had a dog in our household because my daughter is afraid of them, but we've found that guinea pigs suit everyone here. They are very social, love being held, are easy to care for and make great companions for someone who loves animals. If you get a small pet and your mom sees that you are responsible taking care of it, who knows, she might consider a dog, too. Good luck!

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