How To Convince Your Parents You Need A Dog

how to convince your parents you need a dog

Dogs are great companions. Especially Cavapoos, but then we are bias! They provide unconditional love and support. They also teach us valuable lessons. In fact, dogs are known to improve our health and well-being.

Dogs are loyal friends who are always ready to play, cuddle, and give you a hug. If you’re looking for a new furry friend, you should always consider adopting from a shelter or rescue organization.

Doodle dogs, particularly Cavapoos, are excellent first dogs as they are friendly, gentle, loving, and easy to train. 

But before you get carried away choosing your new dog, you’ll have to get your parents on board first.

While you think that you might be ready for a dog, you might need to convince your parents before they allow you to welcome one into the family. 

How can you do this? Here are some tips on how to convince your parents that you need a dog. 

1. Show you’re responsible enough

If you want to convince your parents that it’s time for them to get a beloved dog, you should show that you’re responsible enough to take care of an animal.

Make sure that you show your parents that you can be responsible by cleaning your room and keeping it tidy, washing up, helping with other household chores, waking up early to avoid being late, and more. 

And, if you know anyone with a pet, ideally a dog, why not offer to take them out for a walk – after all practice makes perfect right?!

Keep this up for a few weeks. Once your parents have noticed that you’re being more responsible, they might be more inclined to believe that you can look after a dog of your own. 

2. Adhere to your parents’ rules

Your parents will probably have rules about your personal and school life. Follow these rules and don’t push the boundaries if you want your parents to consider letting you keep a dog.

Make sure that you are getting good grades, listening to them and doing what they are telling you to do, and sticking to your curfew. 

Adhering to your parents’ rules will, again, show that you are responsible enough to take care of a dog and hopefully influence their decision. 

3. Be aware of the good and the bad

You don’t just have to prove that you know what you’re doing when it comes to feeding, cleaning up after, and grooming your dog. You also have to show that you understand the importance of behvior and obedience training.

It’s not uncommon for people to bring home a puppy without any experience in raising animals. This is why you should start by reading books about dog behavior and learning more about training techniques.

Researching both the good and the bad of owning a dog will show your parents that you are being realistic.

It is is important to make sure you know what you want to say to your parents in advance of chatting to them about owning a dog, and think ahead to any questions or concerns they may have and how you would answer them.

Make sure to let them know that you have a plan on how to stop any bad behaviors that the dog is exhibiting. 

For example, your dog might not be house trained. Explain how you will manage this – whether it’s by buying doggy pads using your own money, or by showing them a schedule of how you plan to train them to use the bathroom outside as quickly as possible. 

To help with your research, we have produced a blog on how to toilet train a Cavapoo which should assist you with your puppy potty training.

4. Highlight the benefits of having a dog

It is important that you highlight all of the benefits of having a dog in your home.

This includes not only the obvious ones such as providing unconditional love, but also the less obvious ones like teaching children responsibility.

Dogs allow you to get outside and move your body, keeping you fit and healthy. Tell your parents that this will keep you off your devices for an hour and allow you to spend quality time outdoors as a family.

How To Convince Your Parents You Need A Dog

Daily exercise and fresh air can also help you with your schoolwork. 

Many consider dogs to be like therapy animals as they boost our moods. Dogs can even make us feel happier when we are sad, and they can even reduce anxiety and depression symptoms.

Dogs have also been shown to reduce stress levels, which can be very important when you’re worrying about school and other major life decisions that are coming up.

5. Save your money 

Dogs are expensive, and it’s likely that your parents aren’t going to want to pay for all of the pet bills on their own.

Saving your money can show them that you are serious about keeping your dog safe and fed without asking them to purchase all of the needed supplies. 

The more money you can save, the better. If you can save all of the money for the dog itself, you won’t need to have to worry about getting your parents on board with the financial burden. 

You can also make a budget plan of how much a dog might cost them if you were to get one. List out all of the expenses that come with a dog, such as food, toys, vet bills, insurance, etc for a month.

Now subtract how much money you could contribute to that cost. 

You should be left with a figure that your parents will have to pay a month. The smaller this is, the more likely they are to allow you to get a dog.

So, try and find ways that you could make more money to ensure that this number is as low as possible. 

6. Research The Best Dogs 

Some dogs are harder to keep than others. If this is your first pet that you are planning on taking care of, you’re going to want to choose a breed that is beginner friendly. 

Doodle dogs are excellent beginner dogs as they are all bred with a Poodle, and therefore have half of the same genetic makeup as a Poodle. Check out our blog on what is an oodle dog, to find out more about what makes these breeds of dogs so great.

Poodles are considered to be one of the smartest dogs in the world, making Doodle dogs very easy to train.

Not only are Doodles highly intelligent, but they are also very affectionate and loyal to their family. They’re playful, but can also spend some time alone. 

The smaller Doodle dogs, such as the Cavapoo or Cockapoo, are also good for families who live in apartments.

All Doodle dogs will need to be taken on daily walks, but the smaller breeds will need fewer and shorter walks. This can be good to fit around your schoolwork. 

For more information on what Poodle mix would be best for you, take a look at our guide on what doodle breed to get.

7. Ask them what would help influence their decision

You could be doing all of the above steps in hopes of getting your parents to agree to get a dog, but they might have different expectations altogether.

Sit down and have a mature conversation with your parents about why they are reluctant to let you get a dog, and what you can do to change their minds. 

They should give you a few things that you can work on to ensure that you are doing the best you can to show them that you are ready for a dog.

Once you have followed their suggestions for a few weeks, they should be inclined to let you get your new pet!

Summary

When it comes to convincing your parents that you need a dog, there are several ways to go about it.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to convince them that you’ve done enough research and preparation to make sure that you are ready for an animal companion.

The most important tip that we can give you is to show your parents how responsible you can be and that you are ready for the big commitment that is a dog.

Do your research, save your money, and ask nicely. We hope that you can succeed and welcome a new dog into your family soon!

If you’ve managed to convince your parents, learn more about dogs here:

Emma Jones

Emma is the proud owner of Rosie, an F1 Cavapoo. She enjoys writing about what it's like to own a Cavapoo and hopes that you learn more about this breed of dog with her how to guides and tips.

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