How do you convince your parent to buy you a dog?

I know this question has been asked before but my situation is different. My parents are getting divorced next week or so. My dad is not allergic to dogs and I have chosen to stay with him. My dad agrees that I should get a lovable pet but he thinks that we don't have enough room for a dog. That isn't true. We have a huge backyard. My dad is a professor and I am a student, so we will have the summer off. He doesn't think the summer will be long enough to train a dog, but we also have most of fall. Eventually we will get back to school, but even then I think the dog will be housebroken and know most the basic commands. My dad's major problem is money. He has a lot, actually, and gets a steady income from his job. I have 3,000 dollars saved up by babysitting and dogsitting. My neighbor, before he moved, had some wonderful dogs who I took care of. He had a great paying job and I got a lot of money. I think it is enough to pay for the dog. We are going to adopt, too, so it will not be costly. I am already extremely responsible. My dad's main complaint is that I am always depressed and sulking. I try to tell him that having a dog will fix that but usually he does not listen or is too busy. I told him that after the divorce we can get a dog. It won't be too long from now, but everything will be a little better. Our condition will become more stable to raise our dog. Please help and don't give me snide comments like "grow up" or "pay for it and get your own house"

Because I NEED a dog. I am depressed. I will grow up normally if I have this companion.

  • <cite class="sig">BELLA</cite>

    " I NEED a dog. I am depressed. I will grow up normally if I have this companion."

    You don't know this and this is no guarantee. This sounds like the plea of a desperate child trying to get her way.

    "I NEED a dog. My consular SAID so. "

    Your counselor may have meant a pet, not an emotional support animal or especially a service animal.

    "I am depressed. I am on qualified legally"

    To BEGIN to QUALIFY for a service dog, you'd need to be DISABLED under ADA standards to begin to qualify for one (not just "depressed"), and for an ESA you'd need to be mentally disabled (or have a mental condition severe enough to be considered disabling) to begin to qualify for one. Just "being depressed" because mom and Dad are getting divorced doesn't come close to meeting the qualificatioMs.

    ". . . this dog could (according to the internet) even be considered my service dog."

    Again, you're wrong. Don't believe 99% of what you read on the internet regarding service dogs. There's hundreds of websites giving incorrect information. Only a person who is legally disabled under ADA standards would begin to qualify for a service dog. Then there must be a task or tasks that they cannot perform themselves, that a dog could be trained to do, that's directly related to and mitigates the disabled person's disability. Comfort, companionship and support do not qualify as legal tasks.

    Again, being depressed because of your parent's divorce doesn't qualify as a mental disability, especially one severe enough to qualify for an ESA or service dog.

    Be warned. Having a fake service dog, or having one while unqualified is considered Federal Fraud, punishable by high fines, even higher lawyer fees, jail time and confiscation of your pet – forever.

    Also beware of all the websites selling certification, registration, licenses and ID's for service dogs and ESA's. They're all fake, worthless and in court they'll claim they're selling them for novelty purposes only.

    "It will help me grow up."

    Don't count on an animal for that. You need to put your big girl panties on and grow up on your own. Only you can do that for yourself.

    "Just because I'm a kid trying to convince my parent of something doesn't mean I am a stupid child. *****. "

    That's obvious. Please learn how to spell councilor and, if these ***** symbols mean that you cussed, stop it.

    ADD: I just realized you asked this from Canada. But since Canadian service dog law nearly mirrors US law, my answer stands. I'm just not certain whether Canada recognizes Emotional Support Animals.

  • <cite class="sig">Haugh</cite>

    I totally understand you. I love my puppy. He is 3 months old, yes is still small but I have grown to love him so much. I had a dog name tiny. My best friend gave him to me when he was a baby. Unfortunately my tiny got ran over :( We went years without a new dog. I felt that NO dog could ever replace my tiny. Then a few months ago my cousin told me her dogs were having babies. They are both maltese. So she said she was gonna give me one. But my dad said I could only have one if it were male. I totally understand your need for a dog. Most people do not understand but dogs are very loving and friendly. After a long day at work, or a hard day at school, when you just want to come home to a warming lick on the face or a warm hug, a puppy will be there for you. If you so badly want a dog, talk to your dad on his free time, catch him when he is in a good mood. Explain to your dad that the divorce has been tough for you and you just want to have a friend at home. Your dad should be understanding on your want for a dog. I don't know much to say to you since I do not personally know the how your father is or his feelings towards pets, but I can say just speak to your dad. The best way to convince your dad is proving to him that you are responsible for a dog. Because if you really want a dog, you have to be really mature and responsible. As dogs require a lot of responsibility and attention. Its not just loving the dog and playing with it, it is also bathing, grooming, shots, feeding, cleaning its sleeping area, taking for a walk, and picking up its poop. Good luck! I really hope you convince your dad. Puppies are blessings!!

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