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how to convince your parents to get a dog for your birthday

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I'm turning 14 in like 2 weeks and this year for my birthday I really want a pug. My friend got one for her birthday and ever since then I have really wanted one. We already have a dog and hes a golden retriever and hes older, big, and lazy and doesn't like to play much. Ive always wanted a pug and so did my mom for awhile until we got our other dog. I love my current dog but I want a dog of my own to take care of. I told my mom I would feed him, and take care of him but she doesn't believe I will. I asked her and she said no way and then I get mad and grumpy and then she always says well with that attitude your deffinently not getting one. Should I try and be nicer? I mean I am nice but I do admit I can be a brat. They do have alot of money but they said they don't wanna pay for another dog right now. I just want one so bad and thats the only thing I want for my birthday. So is there any other way I can convince them to get me a dog? Thanks:)

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asked Oct 19, 2016 in Pets by smyadmin

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There are several issues here. I know you are young, so I'm going to be honest, but friendly. Please don't take it the wrong way.

Issue #1 - If you aren't motivated enough to use the search function, I'm not sure you are motivated enough to be serious about a dog. 1300+ past questions for "how can I convince my mom to let me get a dog", 200+ "how can I convince my dad to let me get a puppy", 400+ "how can I convince my mom to let me get a puppy", 1000+ for a general search of "convince parents puppy", and a WHOPPING 3300+ for "convince parents dog".

The biggest issue is that you are still young. Usually, the typical teenager is very very busy with school, friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, thinking about college, work, and sports/clubs. Are you sure that you are going to be ok with staying home 12 hours a day to be with your new puppy? And that you are willing to not go to college or to work for the next 10-20 years?

And who will be paying for the dog? Dogs from a responsible breeder will be $750-$2000. On top of that, they will cost you about $2000 the first year in set-up, vet bills, and upkeep. After that, I'd expect $100 a month. AND, you'll also need $2500 in the bank for emergencies. You can't assume that there won't be one - most dogs have at least 1 emergency visit in their lives.

So, to "convince" your parents, you need to show them that you've thought about all these things. If this were my child I'd want him/her to show me and discuss the following things with me.

- Who will pay for the dog's upkeep, including vet bills
- A set in stone schedule, and punishment if the schedule is not adhered to
- A plan for who will be caring for the dog if the child gets too busy
- A plan for who will be caring for the dog when the child leaves the house
- A plan for the dog when the child moves out
- A plan for the dog's puppy training, obedience training, and ongoing training
- A plan for what happens to the dog when the child "gets sick" of the dog
- A list of responsible rescue groups and/or good breeders
- A list of why the breeder is good
- An overview of the breed's inherited problems and how the breeder will avoid them
- A clear understanding that the dog is a 15-20 year committment and will be a FAMILY dog

If your FAMILY will not care for the dog, then I'm sorry, but you should not get a dog. Wait until you are on your own and have lots of time to commit to one. : )

http://www.petfinder.com
http://www.pbrc.net/breeding3.html
answered Oct 19, 2016 by moscl

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