So you want a pet but don’t know how to convince your parents to get a dog. Maybe you have had a family dog in the past and it didn’t workout. Could also be that one of your parents doesn’t really like animals. Is there a way to convince your parents to get a family dog?
Hi my name is Mike and I’ve been working with dogs for quite a while now. This website came into being because I was getting a lot repeat questions about dogs. Decided to put some of my knowledge in one place and make it accessible on demand for as many people as possible. Today we will be discussing the topic of buying a family dog and answering the specific question, “How to convince your parents to get a dog?”.
How To Convince Your Parents To Get A Dog Explained
When I was a young boy of 10, I wanted to get a new dog. I’d been around dogs in one way or another since I was a baby but our family dog had died years ago and I missed having that constant willing companion that dogs often become when you’re a kid. Luckily, my mother and younger brother were also willing to get a dog and so off we went to the pet store to find a good match.
In this case, all of us were in agreement about getting a dog and taking care of it. My mother of course ending up doing the lion’s share of the work when it came to training and caring for our new pup. The family was made whole again though and our new dog brought happiness and laughter into our home.
Sometimes, the entire family may not be in agreement when it comes to bringing a new animal into the home. There is quite a bit of work involved at the beginning and you are essentially taking responsibility for another life. As an adult, it’s easier for me to grasp this concept but as a boy of 10, not so much. If you are thinking about asking your parents to get a dog, an important way to make your case is by showing them that you are prepared to help take care of the dog. In the next few sections, I’m going to go over some of the key areas to discuss when thinking of getting a new dog and how you can show the rest of your family that you are taking the situation seriously.
The Foundations Of Dog Ownership
Dogs are quite the responsibility. They require daily care and can be a handful for new and seasoned dog owners alike. While a family environment can be one of the best places to raise a dog, this will only happen if certain conditions are met. Lets take a look at some of the main things that have to be in place in order to successfully welcome a dog into your home.
Good Home Environment
First off, you want to make sure that your home environment is going to be favorable to having a dog to begin with. There are a few key things to keep in mind when looking to bring a dog into your life.
- Space: Where do you live? Is it a house or an apartment? If you or your family is renting the location, are pets allowed in the first place?
- Dog Size and Breed: Do you know what type of dog you want to get? If so, do you know how big they will get? Will they be too big for your home?
- Activity Level: Look to match a dogs activity level with the size of your home and or yard. For example, If you are living in a small apartment you should be looking for a smaller dog with a low to moderate activity level. A larger dog that’s constantly bouncing off the walls may cause issues for your family.
- Supervision: Who is going to take care of the dog? Will it be a combined effort? If so, have you defined a schedule or any sort of foundations for how this will be set up?
These 4 items are very basic areas to start when considering a new dog. If you were wondering how to convince your parents to get a family dog, I would start by answering these questions. Being able to have clear and concrete answers for these questions that your parents will surely ask shows that you are being responsible and taking an active roll in caring for a potential furry new addition to the family! Preparedness goes a long way and your parents will most likely be impressed and more open to a conversation about a new pet because they see you doing some of the work up front.
Dog Training Routine
Dog training is going to be one of the most important parts of your dog’s life in the early days after getting your pet. The right kind of training can make your dog a pleasure to have or a nightmare to care for! Training for your dog has to start right after you bring them home and will need to be reinforced daily for at least several months to set a good foundation. Dog’s are creatures of routine and habit. Because of this, they will learn new behaviors based on how they are taught and what they observe in the first place. If they are allowed to run wild without training, your dog will likely be a bit of a menace until that is addressed.
When trying to convince your parents to get a new dog, this will probably one of the main areas you will need to convince them on. If you want a new dog, tell them you will take on caring and training for the new dog for the majority of the time. This will include teaching them things like how to go to the bathroom outside and some simple commands like sit and stay. Training can also involve setting up your dog’s daily routine. When do they eat, go out, play, train etc.? These will all be things that your dog will need to be taught over time. If you are willing to take responsibility for this, your parents will probably have less apprehension about bringing a dog into the house.
Dog Training 101
Since one of the strongest bargaining chips you will have when trying to convince your parents to get a new dog will be training, lets go over some training techniques briefly so you know what to expect. You can also explain these to your family so they know that you have been seriously thinking about this topic and this isn’t just a temporary phase.
This is one of the most basic ways to train your dog and I strongly recommend doing it with new puppies when they are just coming into their new environment. Make this part of their daily routine and they should be able to accept it better.
First off, get a crate and find a cool dark area away from major activity zones to make the crate area. A mudroom or a garage are ideal for this. Start introducing your new dog to the crate on day one. Place a blanket and a toy in there. Make it comfortable for your pup. Leave the door open and just get them used to going in and coming out again.
Once they are used to the crate, start closing the door for a few seconds and opening it back up again. Gradually increase the amount of time you keep the door closed. If your dog starts getting upset about being in the crate, toss them a few treats while inside and then let them out. Over the next few days and weeks, continue this process allowing for more and more time in the crate between exits. Eventually, your dog will become used to the crate and think of it as their own special area. They may even go in the crate when they want to be alone or take a short nap.
The idea you want to remember about the crate is that you are creating a safe space where your dog can go to be comfortable. This is not a punishment crate. If you associate the crate with bad things, your dog will not want to go there and begin to fear the area in general. Eventually, your dog may not need a crate at all but in the early days when training them to go to the bathroom outside and follow a basic schedule, this is very helpful.
Crating your dog when you have to go out or no one is around to directly supervise your dog is also a plus as well. If you have trained them correctly, they will see this time in the crate as a relaxing experience where they can rest up and wait for you to return.
Dog tether or leash training is another very powerful way you can begin to show your dog what’s what when they come into your home. In the first several months of having a new dog, I would suggest having your dog either in the crate or tethered to you or another family member via a leash at all times. This will give you a way to directly observe your dog and get to know what their body language means. Soon, you will be able to recognize when they are hungry, tired, need to go out, etc. This is very powerful because it will allow you to anticipate their needs and get them to the appropriate places when needed.
Another important thing to mention when training your dog is that you never want to yell at them or hit them. These are both counter productive and can actually cause your dog to act out in various negative ways. The advantage of having them leashed is that you can directly observe their activity and redirect them if they are doing something wrong.
A common example of this method at work would be if your dog has to pee. You may notice that your dog is acting antsy and pacing around you. Maybe they are starting to sniff the ground or go as far away as the leash will let them to pee. If you see them start to act like this, you can call them by their name and redirect their attention by taking them outside. Luckily, most dogs are hardwired to go to the bathroom outside and once they are out, nature will take it’s course. You will have to play a bit of a detective at first to catch the body language of your dog. Once you’ve recognized the patterns, it becomes very easy to intercept and redirect to the proper place though.
How To Convince Your Parents To Get A Dog Concluded
While getting a dog may seem like a good idea at first, it’s important to take the time out and see if a dog will fit in with your current lifestyle. Do you have the support of your family? Do you have the time to take care of a pet? Are you going to be home enough to care for the puppy in the first place and do you have the patience for this undertaking? I’m not saying any of these things to discourage you. I think having a pet is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. It is a considerable amount of work at the beginning and it will affect more than just your life. Your family will have to be on board as well.
Look at some of the sections included above and try to answer some of the questions posed within. If you truly believe a dog is right for you and your family, put together a strong case for it and discuss with your parents. That’s how to convince your parents to get a dog!