Show Your Parents You are Ready and Responsible for a Pet

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“My little dog — a heartbeat at my feet.” ~ Edith Wharton

lineup of different pets, dog, parakeet, cat, monkey, rabbit, guinea pig, mouse, frog


Be Honest with yourself.

Mother and daughter washing golden retriever


Do you know what it takes to own a pet? Are you prepared to clean, bathe, feed and play with your pet on a regular basis?

Do you have any other commitments that might prevent you from looking after it properly? Think homework, sports, babysitting and other after-school activities.

Research the Animal you want to get

Taking care of a gold fish is completely different than taking care of a German shepherd. So do some research to prepare yourself and demonstrate to your parents by letting them know what’s involved.

Make a List

Write down everything you will do in order to take care of your new furry friend. Create a schedule of when you will feed, clean and walk it.

Earn some experience

girl walking 4 dogs

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May be your best friend is going away and someone needs to take care of her cat. Or your neighbor is on vacation and they need someone to walk their dog. If you don’t know anyone with a pet you can try animal shelters, vets or pet stores.

Offer to help out financially

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If you want a fish or hamster this is pretty easy, because they aren’t very expensive. However the cost of a cat or dog can be a lot higher. So offer to help pay. Earning money through babysitting, or house work will help to show your parents you are responsible enough to have a pet.

Accept the Situation

woman kissing golden retriever dog

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Sometimes your answers can’t be persuaded so respect their decision if they say no. Sometimes it might take a little more time, and if they still say no don’t give up until you get to experience the unconditional love of a pet.

Do you have a pet? How did you convince your parents that your were responsible? Let us know in the comments below.

By |December 27th, 2017|How To's|


  1. caraboo11 01/09/2018 at 6:43 pm

    I wish my sister followed this advice! She got a dog, took care of it for a couple of months, and then the rest of us (who didn’t want a dog in the first place) got stuck taking care of him 🙁 I love our dog but she should be taking care of him, not us.

  2. gmwbmw22 09/09/2016 at 3:35 pm

    This could come in handy, since I want a horse so bad. There’s plenty of room by my house for me to build a barn & stables – but Mom & dad think I’m not that responsible enough to care for it. But I learned how to groom & care for a horse years ago, and will still be an expert. I do have two adorable kitties who I love, but a horse would be cooler, as I can ride one.

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