Your Parents or Spouse Don't Want to Get a Dog, but You Do? Learn how to convince them..

skateme Aug 10, 2007 Pets
If your parents or your spouse don't want to get a dog, respect their decision. That doesn't necessarily mean that you can't get a dog. All you have to do is give them time -- and a little incentives along the way...

Show Your Parents or Spouse Your Dedication


      Tell them that you will take care of the dog, such as saying you'll clean their waste or walk him/her. But, saying things won't easily convince them. Doing chores around the house that you normally never do will bring closer to your goal. Clean your room. Wash the dishes. Put your plate away. Small things add up. It might take your parents/spouse a week, a month, or even a year to see your dedication. Pick a dog that doesn't turn into a huge problem. For example, pick a dog that doesn't shed a lot (if that's a problem). Convince them that the dog will help your family. Bring up benefits that are popular, like weight loss, allergies, and theft.


Too Many Needs: Not a Good Thing


      Pick a dog that doesn't require too much work. A Norfolk Terrier is tiny but is an active dog nonetheless. They don't grow over 1 foot and are working dogs. If no one stays at home to take care of the dog while you're at school or work, not only will your home smell, but your parents/spouse will be angry. Dogs are very smart, they don't and won't defecate near their sleeping spot, unless they have already. If they run out of space, they'll make a new home -- possibly where you don't want them to be. If your parents/spouse don't have time to go to dog training classes with you, get a pretrained dog.


Size Does Matter


      If you live in a tiny apartment, getting a German Shepherd or Golden Retriever isn't a good idea. Convincing your parents/spouse to get a German Shepherd in an one-floor apartment is nearly impossible and it isn't good for your parents/spouse or the dog. Dogs need room to sit and relax. A smarter decision is getting a smaller breed. I prefer an Australian Terrier, they are good watchdogs, are small, good with children, and the best thing is: they are good for apartments. Tiny breeds are the way to go for all types of homes, unless you are getting a dog for protection or something like that. If you live in a regular home, you can get a Golden Retriever. They are not good watchdogs, but they are common house pets because of their kind and loving nature.

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brittany on Jun 13, 2011
it didnt tell me anything i already knew....srry :(