Owning a pet is a beautiful thing. You can attest to this fact if you have ever owned one, most especially a dog.
However, regardless of how amazing the experience of having your dog is, sadly, it is something lots of people do not get to experience throughout their lifetime or when they are kids.
There are many reasons for this.
However, chief among these reasons is; lots of parents do not consider it an important thing to get a dog for their children regardless of how these children love dogs.
So, do you love dogs and want to get one but your parent’s object? If yes you are reading the right article.
Contained in this article are tips to help you convince your parents after they object to you owning a dog.
Well, there is a lot that goes into convincing your parents to allow you to own a dog and I must tell you that the process is not a very easy one.
Why Do Some Parents Not Want Dogs at Home?
Before trying to convince your parents to let you own a dog, you need to be sure of the reason they do not want you to have one.
There could be many reasons why the average parent might not want their children to own a dog.
Popular among these reasons is the cost of getting a dog and the cost of caring for one.
Beyond the financial responsibility associated with owning a dog, lots of parents avoid having pets at home because of the responsibility associated with caring for one..
Convincing Your Parents
Now that you know why your parents might not want you to have a dog at home, let’s find out how you can convince them to let you one.
Below are tips that can help you convince your parents to allow you to keep a pet at home.
You Must Be at Your Best Behavior
Life is a matter of choices. The choices you make can either come with rewards or repercussions. It might look like this applies to only seemingly important aspects of life.
However, it also applies to things as simple as owning a dog in the house.
When looking to get your parents to buy you a dog after an initial negative response, you will have to be on your best behaviour.
You just might be surprised they are refusing to get you a dog because you have been misbehaving lately.
So, improving on your behaviour could go a long way to get them to change their mind without you even needing to through any tantrums
Improving your behaviour involves picking up new habits and dropping old ones that are not very beneficial.
This might be difficult if you do not know the likes and dislikes of your parents.
On the other hand, if you are sure of the things they approve of and the things they do not approve of, improving on your behaviour becomes easy.
To get started, make a list of things you have done in the past that your parents have been mad about.
Also, you should make a list of things you have done that they have been proud of.
With this, you are on your way to pleasing your parents constantly even if this might take a lot of effort on your part.
Let Your Parents Know the Pros and Cons of Owning a Pet Dog
Owning a dog is great. However, it comes with pros, as well as cons.
So, before you go on to talk to your parents about owning a pet, you must have a clear knowledge of the pros and the cons of owning a dog.
This is important as it helps your parents understand that you know exactly what you want and whys you want it. It also serves as proof that you are responsible.
If you are not sure of the pros and cons of owning a dog, your parents could simply assume that you are being emotional and it is only a matter of time before you grow out of the emotions.
A lot of children are unable to get their parents to buy them a dog because they know how cool it is to own a dog.
On the flip side of the coin, they have no idea what the responsibility associated with owning a dog is.
While making a list of the merits and the demerits of owning a dog will put you in the light of a responsible kid, it does a lot more than that.
It helps you give thoughts to your actions and know how much you need a pet.
Additionally, you can find out if you need a pet for the right reasons.
Show Some Responsibility
Owning a dog is a lot of responsibility. This means you have to show how responsible you are before owning a dog.
There are lots of ways you can do this. Some of them are’;
• Keep Your Room Clean:
It is wrong to keep your room messy. A lot of children know this. However, not every child practices it.
If you have not made a practice out of keeping your room clean and you want your parents to get you a dog after they said no initially, you will have to make a habit of keeping your room clean.
The average parent is unhappy when their children refuse to keep their room tidy and this makes them see such child as irresponsible.
If you want your parents to consider you a responsible child, you will have to tidy your room frequently. You should do this every day.
If you fail you tidy your room often, your parents will be the ones to do so and this might make them maintain their decision of not getting you a dog.
In as much as this is not something you expect, they might not be wrong as you will most likely be unable to handle the responsibilities of training a dog if you cannot handle the responsibility of keeping your room tidy.
While trying to keep your room clean, ensure your shoes are arranged properly in the shoe rack and your clothes are hung in the closet.
• Making Your Bed Every Morning:
Making your bed in the morning as soon as you get out of bed is something you should always do as a kid. It is a good manner.
Nonetheless, a lot of kids do not practice it.
To show how responsible you are as a kid that is looking to get a dog, make it a habit to dress your bed when you wake up every morning.
If this is not something you do, then, you have to learn it as it is one of the ways to give your parents the right impression.
It is okay if you dress your bed after your parents wake you up in the morning.
However, you can take this a step further by waking up earlier than your parents and dressing your bed before they come into your bedroom to wake you up.
Trust me, when you make your bed before your parents walk into your room, they will be very impressed.
Take up the Responsibility of Doing the Dishes
It appears the average child does not like doing the dishes. This might be a norm among children.
Nonetheless, it is a habit you will have to do away with if you want your parents to get you a dog
During school hours, it might be stressful to always do the dishes. However, the same cannot be said about your holiday and vacation periods.
So, during holidays, take it upon yourself to do the dishes. Now, it is one thing to do the dishes and another to do it the right way.
If you want to take up the responsibility of doing the dishes so your parents can get you a dog, ensure you do it the right way.
If you fail to do it right, you might not get what you want as your mother might have to rewash the dishes.
Learn About Dogs
What better way to show your genuine interest in owning a dog than learning about dogs? This is a great move. However, it is one that will cost you some money.
To get this done, you will have to save some money from what you get as pocket money.
If you do not get as much pocket money as you will need for a project like this, you might have to work for money by doing some chores around the neighbourhood.
After you get the funds you need, feel free to buy materials about training dogs.
When your parents see you doing this, they will be sure that you are serious about owning a dog.
Also, they will no longer have the fear that they will be the ones to take care of the dog.
To a great extent, a lot of parents refuse to buy dogs for their children because they are almost sure they will end up looking after the dog.
This might seem easy, however, they might not have the time for it
While you can get a lot of knowledge from books, you should not limit yourself to just books. You can spend time watching YouTube videos about dogs.
Figure Out Ways to Earn a Steady Income
A lot of parents are not willing to get their children dogs because of the price tag associated with one.
While the price of getting a dog is enough discouragement, even more, discouraging is the amount you will have to spend maintaining one.
This might not seem like much if your parents earn well.
However, it might not be something they think they should spend on. This is where you come in.
You will need to contribute financially towards the well-being of your dog.
If you were old enough to have a job, this would have been very easy.
Well, since you cannot have a real job, you will have to look for ways to make some money legally.
This will enable you to contribute financially to the well-being of your dog.
Since you do not have a real job, you can take part in activities like making cookies, washing cars, and mowing the lawn for money.
Beyond the activities already mentioned above, there is a lot you can do to earn money, you simply need to be creative.
If you have parents that can afford to get you a dog and also maintain it effortlessly, you might simply work to provide some support.
On the other hand, if your parents might actually struggle to get you a dog and maintain it, you might have to save up to get the dog you need.
Saving up to get the type of dog you need will not be very easy. However, it is not as difficult as you might have imagined.
To get started with this, you must make up your mind about the type of dog you want.
Once you are done with this, find out how much it will cost you to get such a dog and the cost of looking after it.
After figuring this out, work towards having the much-needed funds for this.
As soon as you get all the funds that you need ready, try approaching your parents about the idea of getting a dog and you can almost be sure that they will give their consent since they will not have to shoulder the responsibilities of taking care of one.
Pick Up a Job Dog Sitting for Neighbors
Lots of people have dogs. However, not everyone that has a dog has the time to take care of it. This is where you come in.
You will need to locate people in your environment that do not have ample time on their hands to look after their dogs.
Once you locate them, get the needed permission from your parents to dog sit for a neighbour.
Dog sitting obviously is something that requires a level of skill.
So, when you get a job to dog sit for a neighbour, it is a perfect opportunity to show your parents how good you are with dogs and how they can trust you to take care of a dog when they eventually get it.
Pros of Owning a Dog
Owning a dog is associated with a lot of pros. Some of them are;
It could help with your health:
Dogs spend a lot of time outdoors, especially when going for a walk. Now, dogs do not go for walks alone.
They always need to have someone with them. This means you will spend a lot of time walking if you own a dog and this activity will make you feel healthier.
Dogs Can Create Family Bonds:
A lot of people do not see this coming. However, when there is a dog in a family, the family is likely to get closer as the average person in the family needs to spend time caring for the dog.
If everyone in the family cares for the do together, it is only a matter of time before the family members feel closer.
Dogs Offer Protection:
Beyond just offering protection to their master, dogs offer protection to the entire household.
The implication of this is the average person will feel safe when there is a dog in the house.
In as much as a guard dog will do a better job of providing security.
The average dog can protect the home if it has the right training.
Cons of Owning a Dog
Below are some of the cons of owning a dog
They create a Mess
Dogs are adorable. However, they could be really messy. No one likes this.
However, you just have to deal with this part of them.
They Take Up Time
Owning a dog means you will have to give it attention. To get this done the right way, you will need to make lots of sacrifices.
Dogs are not Cheap
Buying a dog and maintaining it properly is not very cheap. There is a likelihood that you will spend money meant for other things in taking care of your dog.
If you have parents that are not interested in you owning a dog, it might seem like there is not much you can do.
Well, regardless of what it seems like, you can be certain that doing the right thing at the right time can go a long way in making them change their mind and eventually getting you a dog.
If after becoming a better version of yourself and working tirelessly, your parents refuse to get you a dog, you can be certain you did not lose.
This is because the entire effort put into making your parents change their minds will make you a better person and this is good for you.