Best Way to Approach Parents About Getting a Dog?

I asked earlier about convincing my parents - well it went well, and I’m closer to getting a dog. Both of my parents of owned dogs, my dad when he was a child and my mum had a dog with her ex-boyfriend a while ago. They both love dogs, and my dad wants a dog like me. My mum does, but she is anxious, as you can expect since I’m 13 and will eventually leave. When my parents asked this I told them how they would probably bond with the dog after these 5 years, and I’d frequently visit whenever I could. Money isn’t a problem, I’m saving up for the smaller costs, like food, a bed, toys etc.

I just checked my computers history, and my parents have been looking at puppies and dogs for sale in our area, and they were doing this a few months back which I view as a positive sign.

I want a pug, but I’m fine with a small, loving breed. I have gathered information on puppy care, toys, how to care for them, vet bills. I’ve also gathered information on pugs and their special health problems. I’m wondering what the best way to present this information is, for example:
a) a letter
b) a small speech to them
c) bring this information up piece by piece in conversation.

Also if you could tell me any breeds that fit that of a small, loving breed that would be great in case my parents insist on no pugs (also cant be extremely cute, my dad doesn’t want to be seen with a little furball )

Thanks x

It sounds like your showing them how willing you are to look after a dog which is good, and it sounds like you are quite close to getting one, apart from the few worries you mensioned. As for you moving out at 18… I wouldn’t make that a reason not to get a dog. Your only 13 and you will change what you want to do A LOT over the next few years, believe it or not.

For how to approach your parents… I think maybe you should gather evidence of your research on the best breeds, dog food, etc. Maybe print it out and sit down and have a chat with them about it to show your committed. Maybe even go to the pet shop and get a few leaflets on dogs. Whatever you do do not kick up a fuss. You need to show your parents that you are mature enough to hold a conversation, let alone own a dog.

I own a cockapoo and a retriever. I wouldnt get a big dog like a retriever, because there’s a chance it will totally pull you off your feet, and you want to be able to walk your dog. We got my retriever when i was young, and i missed out on taking it walks because its too strong. Im 17 and still find it hard! He’s very good natured but he’s strong and its hard for my small legs to keep up haha. My little cockapoo is the best though. She’s a fearless little thing. She’s so well behaved, and if she does anything wrong and we shout at her she will immediately sit down and put her paw up, haha. I heard cockapoos were supposed to be yappy before i got one, but thats not the case at all with me. She has a high bark, but she’s not yappy. She may have just took after my retrievers good nature, though. However she does like to show off and will bark deeply (more like sneeze) in front of big dogs. She’s a humorous little thing. I would look into them, and also cavapoos, which are probably not so full of themselves like my little diva. Spaniels are also great dogs. We were very close to getting one. They are very good natured. Goldendoodles are good natured too.

I can’t think of much else to say, but I’m sorry for writing such a long answer and good luck!

4 Responses to “Best Way to Approach Parents About Getting a Dog?”

  1. Jake Alderman says:

    Tell Them You Want A Pug And I’ll Play With it And Feed It Everyday. and they might let you buy it And U Have Your Pug… Simple!
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  2. ?????ƒ???- says:

    Do all the information at once. little by little at a time shows less commitment then sitting down and research for hours and hours.

    The main one is How are you going to save up the $1,500 to $2,000 for the puppy?
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  3. Chula Lula says:

    Ask them for an elephant this week, then a lion next week, the week after ask for a alligator and the final week ask for a dog. Be sure to whine in their presence everytime they say no and for special effects hold your breath and pretend to pass out.
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  4. Ya Yeya says:

    It sounds like your showing them how willing you are to look after a dog which is good, and it sounds like you are quite close to getting one, apart from the few worries you mensioned. As for you moving out at 18… I wouldn’t make that a reason not to get a dog. Your only 13 and you will change what you want to do A LOT over the next few years, believe it or not.

    For how to approach your parents… I think maybe you should gather evidence of your research on the best breeds, dog food, etc. Maybe print it out and sit down and have a chat with them about it to show your committed. Maybe even go to the pet shop and get a few leaflets on dogs. Whatever you do do not kick up a fuss. You need to show your parents that you are mature enough to hold a conversation, let alone own a dog.

    I own a cockapoo and a retriever. I wouldnt get a big dog like a retriever, because there’s a chance it will totally pull you off your feet, and you want to be able to walk your dog. We got my retriever when i was young, and i missed out on taking it walks because its too strong. Im 17 and still find it hard! He’s very good natured but he’s strong and its hard for my small legs to keep up haha. My little cockapoo is the best though. She’s a fearless little thing. She’s so well behaved, and if she does anything wrong and we shout at her she will immediately sit down and put her paw up, haha. I heard cockapoos were supposed to be yappy before i got one, but thats not the case at all with me. She has a high bark, but she’s not yappy. She may have just took after my retrievers good nature, though. However she does like to show off and will bark deeply (more like sneeze) in front of big dogs. She’s a humorous little thing. I would look into them, and also cavapoos, which are probably not so full of themselves like my little diva. Spaniels are also great dogs. We were very close to getting one. They are very good natured. Goldendoodles are good natured too.

    I can’t think of much else to say, but I’m sorry for writing such a long answer and good luck!
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