No one is answering this post so I'll put in something.
If you want a dog, do research on the breed you would like. Buy books on how to take care of a dog, learn everything you possibly can about dogs. Show your parents that you are responsible enough to take care of another living thing. Make a folder all about the dog you would like, let your parents know that you are serious by showing them all the work you have done. Now ask them. If they say no, don't pester, they may come around. If yes, please take care of your new puppy. This dog may be around even after you move out, so a dog is a huge responsibility. Make sure you are ready to take on such a huge task.
To add to what bogle said you might want to start off with something small like fish or a small furry pet to show your parents you can take care of another living thing them move to a dog when you feel you are ready.
ohhhhhh How about you start your own little biz.....like walking pets......poo busters (hey we do have some kids that do this here!) They charge up to (depending on animals how many) $$per week....or monthly to clean yards. Walking pets..get 3 or 4 have a nice start. You are showing that you are responsible and can earn your own $cash$ ~Dee
They have a scope of concept of what a DOG entails. Feeding walking, pooping, drinking water, vaccines, etc.
A smaller section are looking for a breed.
FRANKLY, the bulk of people make whatever DOG they wind up with work. I certenly didn't want great pyreneese but thats what I got and I loved them and still do. I didn't want a yorkie but that was what my father decided to get to appease my cries for a dog as a child.
I got the dogs that I wanted when I was 22.
She wants a dog and frankly shes cycling through breeds her parents have probably had or been faverable on. Thats why cuteness and stuff comes in.
I think my dogs are pretty and I'd probaby not want them if they where not. If I looked at them and said, "My god, what ugly dogs why on earth did anyone ever bring them into creation?" I doubt I'd have seven of them lounged on the deck right now.
CUTE is as important as size and shedding to people. There are people who find my dogs horrible becuase they have so much coat which means grooming and others enjoy the grooming.
And frankly, no one has to justify themselves to people on the forum. Some emotions are not justifable in the first place. Articulating a deep need to a bunch of strangers isen't everyones peice of cake.
Icy you have a point when i first wanted to get my own dog i wanted a great dane my mother said no they were to big so i got a doberman cause she loves dobermans. I did go about it the wrong way but i knew my mother couldnt turn away a doberman. LOL And yes do not do it the way i did it.
1) First of all, if you are a minor living at home and you're pursuading your parents for a dog-what are your plans for the dog when you go to college or move away. Sure sounds good to take the dog with you-but do you have any idea what the real world is like beyond your home. If you plan to leave the dog behind and your parents aren't 100% behind this, then the dog will suffer.
2) As a breeder, if the entire household isn't in agreement when we do the interview, I don't place a puppy with them.
3) And as a child or minor living with parents, and you've reasonably discussed this with them, then it needs to be dropped. Nagging, begging will only make it worse and if they give in, there will be resentment towards the puppy. I've seen it, and it happens very often.
4) The best thing you can do, is to start researching and when the time is right, you are on your own and can afford a dog and the proper care-then go for it. It will be soooo rewarding and you will value it much more.
sienna.. theres nothing wrong with her trying to ask you how you persuaded your parents, its just a question. And you were talking to her as if she is maybe 8? calling her a kid, but from what i understand, your a kid to!
I do take it as a compliment when people say how cute, or beautiful he is. Of course.
so if a neighbor comes up to you, and tells you that max is the cutest thing they had ever seen, then you say thank you, and then they ask you "how did you get him" or "how did you persuade your parents" (becuause im sure they can tell your a kid) THEN what would you say?
***Edited By: lilmonte11007 on 8/8/2006 7:43:13 PM*** Reason: add
Okay to answer to OP I begged and begged and begged for my parents to let me have a dog. I didn't care what kind of dog I got. It's lucky they didn't have the internet back then because I would have been on this site bugging the heck out of all of you. I just wanted a dog!
I got my first one when I was 10 years old. I promised my parents I alone would take care of the dog but many times I would forget to feed him and wake up at midnight run out to do it to find out my mom did it for me.
I am now a parent myself. I know now that my parents really never expected me to live up to my obligation at 10 years old. They were a lot smarter than I thought.
Hey all... I agree with what the majority had to say...I think researching is important...I think asking questions is important...I think asking the same kind of question in regards to something different is alright...I am quite young too and had to pursade my parents to let me have my dogs...I had to prove it to my parents first that I did my "homework" and that I was ready to have a dog...They also know I love animals, and so therefore, I got my dogs...I never thought I would end up with a Yorkie...things happen and you end up appreciate them for coming up unexpectedly...My favorite breeds are German Sheperd Dogs, Dalmatians, Miniature Pinschers and now Yorkies was added to that list...Some I like for their appearance, some I like for alertness, some I like for the fact they are known to be this or known to be that....Most importantly is how you care for your dog...So if you do get a dog, just care for him or her..that's the only advice I have to give....
Lil Monte, I tell them my story of how I lost Gizmo. And, I tell them how much I loved Max from first glance. Yes, I thought he was cute but he reminded me so much of my old dog, so I stress the fact of that upon them.
Thylyna, enough with the brit jokes. You seem very intolerant of different origins, and that does offend me. My mom is a full blooded american citizen. She married my dad, a brit, and lived in England for 17 years. I also have dual citizenship, meaning I have an american passport, and an english passport. Not that I should explain myself to you..
i would say that since it's the summer, i can be home to housebreak/crate train it (if it's a puppy), and then we can take it from there.. and u're at school for what, 6 hours a day? a dog (a grown, well adjusted dog) can be by itself for that long and survive.
it would be hypocritical of me to tell you otherwise, because i would go to school while my dog home alone for about 6-7 hours a day, and we still made it work. after all, we still had 17 hours in a day together.
however, i do not know your full situation and your parents might actually not want a dog at all to not be willing to make the situation work, or just believe that you are not responsible enough to have a dog right now, or it just seems like u guys can't make the long term commitment at the moment.
What did you expect to come from a post like this ?????
I could see it coming from the moment it went up.
And not to jump on the band wagon, cause you guys know how I hate it when members bash other members and such...but I have noticed that sienna you seem to be very "adult" and "matter-of-fact" with your post....aren't you a kid yourself? And what do you mean don't get a dog because it's cute? That's one of the number one things involved with picking your pup...how it appeals to you, amongst other things.
I think what it is, is that you've been on this board and gotten bashed so many times for your posts and how you see things, that to keep your self "safe" from bashing you try to go along with what you feel the majority of members would say/or are going to say.
You trying to tell me that your truly only picked Max because he reminded you of Gizmo? Yeah right...it was because he was cute and those eyes captured you heart...end of story.
I'm not afraid to say it and I don't care what others think...I got my husky from a petstore because he was so darn cute and I wanted him. I got King from a BYB and picked him for his size and personality. Simple as that.
Be honest with your self sienna and you'll find that it's much easier to give advise and defend yourself. As of right now I think you're just trying to be safe by doing to others what was done to you, wrongly but done to you nonetheless. Afterall, you're just a kid yourself, that just got a dog in the same way.
Thylynda, your name is rare. Sorry if I don't spell it right, you seem like such a shallow person to keep coming out with british jokes. Really, have you even left the States? It's getting old..
And gothusky; I am not saying I didn't pick Max because he was also cute. It was the way he was with us, I've never seen another dog be that way with me apart from Gizmo. And if you don't believe me that's fine. Max is with us now, and that's all that matters. But I was fascinated with the pomeranian breed, and had never seen one. So, I took him out and there he was, Gizmo's double.