How to Persuade Your Parents to Get a Dog

Seven Parts:Introducing the idea of a new petAddress their concernsArrange for the money to get the dogBe prepared to own a dogDemonstrate your responsibilityArrange for the money to get the dogBe patient

You may be desperate to get a dog, but your parents keep turning you down. It's natural that they have their concerns and they may hate dogs and it's your job to not only address their concerns but to show them the benefits of having a dog. If you have a cute puppy picked out and can show them his irresistible face, then even better. If you want to know how to persuade your parents to get a dog without having to grovel or beg, just follow these steps.

Part 1
Introducing the idea of a new pet

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    Try to paint a "family friendly" picture for your parents, and convince them that having a dog will make you spend more time around the house, and therefore, more time with them.
    • Tell them that having a dog can be fun for the whole family -- you can go for walks in the park together, or have a family barbecue in the backyard while throwing a frisbee to the dog.
    • Have them picture how nice it will be to have a family dinner with the dog by your side, or to have a family movie night with the dog sitting at your feet.
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    Say that having a dog will make you spend more time outside. Are your parents tired of all the time you spend alone in your dark room, staring at your computer or playing video games? Are they always telling you to go outside and enjoy the sunshine? If so, tell them that having a dog will make you spend more time in the park, in the sunlight, and more time getting physical exercise instead of texting your friends or eating junk food.
    • Tell them that having a dog will help you unplug from the digital age that you and all of your friends are stuck in -- you'll have a more simple adolescence or childhood outside with your best furry pal. Surely they can relate to this.
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    Show them that having a dog can improve your mental health. Having a dog is therapeutic -- people who own dogs have been known to live longer and to be happier. A dog knows when you're upset and can comfort you in times of stress. Dogs are intuitive creatures that know exactly how to cheer up their owners. Maybe your parents spend a lot of time at work -- tell them that having a dog in the house will not only be soothing for everyone but that a dog can keep you company while they're away.
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    Show them that having a dog will make them feel more secure. Homes that obviously have dogs inside are known to be much less likely to be robbed. Show your parents that a dog, once trained, will not only be your life long companion, but he'll also be your protector. If you're old enough for your parents to go on vacation without you, tell them how much more secure you'd feel if there was a dog by your side.
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    Show them that having a dog will teach you responsibility. Though you should already demonstrate responsibility to show your parents that you're capable of having a dog, tell them that having a dog will make you an, even more, responsible and careful person, whether you're headed to high school or college in a few years. Here's why:
    • Having a dog will teach you to follow a routine. You'll have to feed, walk, and play with the dog at certain times.
    • Having a dog will make you go to bed earlier and wake up earlier so you can walk it. No more staying up until three in the morning staring at your computer or TV screen.
    • Having a dog will teach you the value of being responsible for another being.
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    Show them the benefits of getting the particular dog you want. You should do your research to find the breed of dog you want and how and when you can get it. Don't just abstractly say, "I want a dog!" Instead, say, "I would like a Labrador!" or whatever breed of dog you may like. This shows that you have put time and effort into thinking about what kind of dog you want and how it will benefit you and your family. Here are the things you should know about the dog you want:
    • Tell them about the strong suits and features of this particular breed of dog. Is it known for being easy to train, fiercely loyal, or just impossibly cute?
    • Tell them about how this dog needs to be trained and cared for. Show them that you'll already know what to do when the time comes.
    • Tell them how you'll get the dog and how much it'll cost.
    • If you have your eye on a specific dog and have a picture of that dog or just another dog of the same breed, showing the picture to your parents can make them much more sympathetic. Who can resist a picture of a cute puppy?

Part 2
Address their concerns

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    Show them that you will walk the dog. They may be worried that you will get the dog, get bored, and force them to take care of the little creature instead. Tell them that you've already selected the best walking times for the dog and are determined to walk the dog every day; if you have a sibling, show that you've split up the walking duties. To prove your point, you can even go for walks on your own during the appointed doggie-walking times. Show them that you mean business.
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    Show them that the dog won't destroy their home. Your parents may be worried that the dog will chew up all of their furniture and cords, bring dirt into the house, and shed all over the place. It's your job to show them that none of this will happen. Here's how:
    • Tell them that you'll get the dog plenty of chew toys to make sure it doesn't chew the furniture. As for any loose cords or wires, tell them that you'll tape or cover them up, which will make your house look more orderly anyway.
    • Tell them that the dog won't track dirt into the house. You'll clean the dog's paws in the garage or the back porch before the dog sets foot into the house again.
    • Tell them that the dog won't shed all over the place. Sure, dogs shed, but you'll make a cleaning schedule that will make you clean up the fur -- several times a week, if necessary.
    • Tell them that you plan to give the dog a weekly bath -- or bathe it however often is necessary.
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    Show them that you'll be able to give the dog medical care. Do your research in advance and find the best vet in your area. Ask your friends with dogs which vets they recommend, or do research on your own. Try to find a vet that is close to home so you can walk to his office if you don't drive, and show your parents that you've already done your research and can take care of it.

Part 3
Arrange for the money to get the dog

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    Show them that the dog won't be expensive. If cost is really a big concern, you should get a puppy at a pet shelter; the dog won't be expensive and you'll be doing a great deed by taking in a puppy in need. Research how much dog toys, beds, food, leashes, and anything else costs, and make a chart showing your parents how much this adds up to, and how you'll go about paying for it.
    • You can offer to do odd jobs around the neighborhood, deliver newspapers, cut costs by spending less money at the mall or movies, or to contribute your savings or birthday money to buying the dog.

Part 4
Be prepared to own a dog

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    Show them that you have a game plan for watching the dog if your family goes on vacation. Your mom might ask, "What will we do when we go away to the beach for a week?" Don't get caught off guard and do your research in advance. Find a doggie daycare nearby that can take your dog in, or find a close friend or neighbor who is willing to take care of the dog.
    • Being prepared with answers before the question is asked will make your parents take you a lot more seriously than if you have to say, "Uh, I have to look in to that..."
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    Show them that you won't get bored with the dog. Your parents may worry that once you get the dog, you'll stop taking care of it after a few weeks. To ease their concerns on this front, tell them that you're willing to wait a few months and to keep discussing the dog to show that this isn't just a passing phase; you're really committed to getting a dog and are willing to wait to show them how dedicated you really are.

Part 5
Demonstrate your responsibility

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    Pull your weight with household chores. If you want your parents to see that you'd be a great dog owner, then you have to be able to do the basics: make your bed, keep your room clean, wash the dishes, and do anything that is required of you. Then, take it to the next level -- pick up more household chores, help cook dinner, mow the lawn, do laundry, or do whatever you can to go above and beyond what is required of you.
    • Don't be smug about how much housework you're doing. Let your parents notice your efforts on their own.
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    Keep your grades up. If you want your parents to see that you can handle the added responsibility of a dog, then you should make sure to keep your grades up as you continue to ask to add a new member to your family. If you can, try to do even better in school to show them that you're committed to working hard and doing whatever it takes to get the dog.
    • Being able to do additional chores and to get stellar grades will help your parents see that you can be trusted.
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    Show them that you can take care of something. Have your parents give you something to take care of for a set amount of time. It can be an egg (don't let it break!), a sack of flour, a plant, or even a hamster. Doing well on this test run may show your parents that you're responsible and serious about wanting a dog. Though this may seem silly, you should treat the situation with the utmost seriousness.
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    Do a test run. If you have a friend or family member who needs someone to take care of his or her dog for a little while, you should take them up on their offer. Taking in the dog for the weekend or a few days will show your parents that you're ready to take on a pet, and it will make them see how happy you are to be hanging out with a furry creature.
    • Let them see how cute the dog is and have them fall in love with the idea of having a dog a little bit.

Part 6
Arrange for the money to get the dog

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    Get a part-time job if you can. Depending on your age, you can get a part-time job at the mall or at the store at your local pool club. Maybe you can deliver papers, babysit, or help out a neighbor with chores, mow the lawn, or shoveling snow. Getting a part-time job or even just finding a small way to make money will help your parents see that not only will you be able to handle some of the expenses of having a dog, but also that you're able to take on added responsibility.
    • You can even have a tin can for your money that you call your "doggie fund." Your parents will think this is cute and will see that you're serious.

Part 7
Be patient

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    Give them time to think about it. Remember, don't ask them over and over every day, or they will shut you out. If they say no, keep showing maturity and understanding, keep being helpful in the house, and occasionally mention the dog, to make them get used to the idea. Being patient will also show them that you're so committed that you're willing to wait.
    • Don't pester them constantly. Know that pestering them will only undo your earlier work by showing them that you are not mature and responsible enough yet.


  • Dogs, especially puppies, need many things to chew on while they are developing their teeth. You can also find suggestions on how to keep your dog from chewing your shoes and clothes. Be prepared to get them appropriate toys to chew.
  • When your parents say that you cannot have a dog, don't shout at them or get angry. Be nice and smile, but keep persevering.
  • Take the Dog Breed Selecting test on It's free and helps you pick the right dog for your family. also has a search engine to research and find rescue dogs in your area.
  • Offer to pay for the dog yourself. This will show that you want one enough to spend your own money on it, and that you won't think of it as just another toy to play with until you get bored.
  • While you are waiting for your parents’ approval, here are some other ways to be around dogs: find out where the animal shelters are in your neighborhood and go volunteer there to help take care of some homeless dogs or find neighbors who need help around with their dogs.
  • Try to get a dog breed that would make your parents say yes. However, be prepared to take on the responsibilities of having a dog too.
  • If your parents won't get a dog because you already have other animals and they say you don't need any more to take care of, be as responsible as possible and make sure your animals are in the best of care 24/7.
  • If you really want a dog and your parents won't let you, try asking your grandparents or a relative who live nearby. You could help them out if they agree to get one.
  • If your parents say no because the weather in your area doesn't allow the dog to live outdoors, find an indoor area that is acceptable to your parents where the dog can stay when the weather is bad or find a dog breed that suits the weather where you live best.
  • Prepare a chart to keep track of everything you are doing and how often you will need to do it.
  • If your parents or you are just getting over the loss of another dog, wait for a while so they know that you do not just want a dog to fill the "gap."
  • Don't constantly bother them about it. Make large gaps between each time you ask them.
  • Do some research in front of your parents so they can see you are interested but DON'T be obvious you are!
  • Tell them the benefits of having a dog so they won’t focus on the negative things. Find out a way you could make time to walk the dog.
  • Before getting a dog for sure, try to foster a dog. If you can take care of this dog for at least a month (meaning exercise every day with the dog, feeding, and bathroom and cleaning it up, playing, etc...), then it proves that you can handle the responsibility of a forever dog. If at any time, you are fostering the dog and you find you don't feel ready, tell your parents! It will save a dog from having being bought and brought back!
  • Show your parents that you know that the dog will probably choose you, and you won't be disappointed if you don't like the dog that would choose you.
    • If you want a big dog, it will really help if you show your parents a photo of a greyhound in a basket to demonstrate how small big dogs can be.
  • Make sure to emphasize the dog will help you spend more time together and connect as a family.
  • Don't pester your parents too much if they say no. Bothering them might just annoy them and won't do anything to change your mind. Ask them why, and then focus your efforts on addressing their concerns (by being responsible, etc) instead.
  • If your parents won't let you get a dog because it is an aggressive breed, then consider getting a dog as a puppy so it can learn to interact with people at a young age.
  • Don't cry or look sad. It will make your parents think you're not responsible or are too childish to own a dog.
  • If you have ever had a dog and it didn't work out well, then tell them that you know the mistakes you made and how to fix them.
  • Don't rush your parents.
  • Tell them having a dog will be fun and keep the family busy.
  • If you have a baby sister or brother, when you show your responsibility by taking care of him/her, that shows that if you can take care of a baby, you can take care of a dog.
  • Make sure your parents are not allergic to dogs. If so, research hypoallergenic dogs. Show them that you care about their health and well-being too.
  • Ask your parents to set a goal for you. For example, maybe if you get all A's on your report card you can have a dog.
  • If your parents say that a dog would cost too much money, then tell them that you will pay the money. To do this, you can store away the money that your parents give you or arrange playdates with your friends to sell things so that you can save money for the dog. Tell them that you will keep all the money for your dog, and if they want some money, then tell them that if you do get a dog, you will let them play with it. If you don't get a dog, then tell them you will give them their money back.
  • When you get your dog make sure you're picking the right breed and make your dog feel like home.
  • Make sure that you are 100% committed about your dog and that you know how to actually take care of one. You don't want to disappoint them or the dog.
  • Try to understand why your parents won't let you get a dog. Sometimes there are factors you have to take into consideration first, like living conditions, financial, and the time that a dog will need. If they both work, will the dog be left home alone all day?
  • Do your research and ensure that the breed of dog you settle on is best suited for your family, and the local environment.
  • Do chores that your parents never ask you to do and do things that they do so that they won't need to do anything. This will set them in a good mood, which will increase your chances of getting a dog.
  • Try and pay for most of the dog supplies to show your parents you're responsible.


  • Don't do something that would make you look or be irresponsible.
  • Be sure that you are willing to take on the care and responsibility necessary of a good dog owner.
  • If you have a hamster, guinea pig, rat, or mouse, keep them safe and secure. Most dogs take these animals for food or as toys.

Things You'll Need

  • Food and water bowls
  • A crate to keep your puppy/dog in
  • A good collar and a leash
  • Dog food
  • Water
  • A good vet
  • Dog baths or just a bath
  • A spacious place for the dog to be able to roam around
  • Chew toys
  • a dog bed

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