A chihuahua stands at the edge of a lake, looking alertly off into the distance.

So, you’re madly in love with dogs and want to convince your parents to get you a chihuahua. Perhaps you’ve already asked, and the answer has been a hard no. You’re willing to do anything to get a chihuahua, but there’s no way! Or is there?

As a child, I was not only able to convince my parents to give me a pet, I was also able to help my friends get pets as well. It’s definitely possible to convince parents, even “hard no” parents, to change their mind on a pet.

Why Parents Say No

If your parents wanted a pet, they would already have a pet. The last thing they want to do is spend the next 15-20 years caring for an animal they didn’t want because you begged really hard for a week. No matter how much you’ve assured them that you will totally feed them and walk them and scoop the poop, chances are you’ve made similar promises and broken them.

Other common reasons include allergies (You’ll have to pick a pet they’re not allergic to.) and being unable to afford a dog. Here’s How to change their mind.

  1. Clean and organize your room. If you don’t already have chores, start asking if you can take out the trash or do the dishes. Keep your room clean and do these chores for at least 6 months. This is an important step because it proves responsibility. If your grades can be improved, now’s the time to be openly and obviously studying, and try to fix them.

    Why: This proves responsibility. When you ask for a dog, they’ll think back over the last 6 months and remember how you do make your bed every day, that you do pick up after yourself, and that you’ve helped around the house.

    The length of time proves you can be responsible for an animal for a long time. If you can make your bed every day you can walk a dog every day. If you’ve kept your room clean for 6 months, you can probably keep the backyard clean. That sort of thing.

    It has to be a long time because pets live a long time. Keeping your room clean for a week or washing the dishes for a month won’t be long enough to show your parents you can be responsible.

  2. Save money. Save as much money as you can. When I was little, I bought a $5 bucket of Twizzlers and sold them to my parents for $0.25 each. I made a profit off each tub. Don’t spend this money, it’s for the purchase of your pet/vet bills/etc.

    If you’re old enough to get a job, get one! Otherwise, be resourceful. Ask if you can earn money around the house. Mow lawns. Weed gardens. Scoop poop or walk dogs for other owners. There’s lots of chores to be had, if not in your house then in your neighborhood.

    If your parents want to know what the money is for, you can tell them it’s for a pet “some day” even if that some day is when you are a grown up. (Add that part in so they don’t feel like you are pressuring them, or are not listening to the fact that they said no.)

  3. Ask your parents to go to the library to check out books on chihuahuas. Do this only after you have saved money and your room has been clean and organized a long time. Read all these books, write a nice little essay about that breed. Share with your parents all the interesting facts that you’ve learned.

    Why the library? Because your parents may be checking your search history, but not for pet care. You want them to see you studying the pet of your choice. Take written notes on dog facts. Really pay attention and take it seriously.

  4. Find a local breeder and ask your parents if they mind if you do a little volunteer work with them. You love animals, and you want to learn more about this particular breed in a responsible manner. Make sure you volunteer to clean the poop, do the brushing, as well as the fun stuff.

    If you’re genuinely serious about chihuahuas, this is also a great opportunity for you. Someone who works with the breed can show you how to care for them intimately, help you avoid mistakes, and find the right fit for your family. It’s of enormous benefit to get to know a breeder and work with them.

  5. Form a care plan for your pet. At the minimum you should have enough money to care for the dog in a meaningful way. Pay for the dog itself. Have money on hand for vet bills. Know financially how much it will cost to own the dog. Have a plan for the future of the dog when it is old and you’re off to college.

    Have an answer ready for as many questions or concerns your parents may have. These concerns will probably be along the lines of: Who is going to take it potty in the middle of the night? What if there’s an accident? What if you get tired of it in a few months? (Volunteering at a breeder or shelter is great proof you won’t get tired of it.) What if there’s a really big vet bill?

    If you rent, it may be up to the landlord whether you can have a pet at all. This is a big consideration, and one you’d have to look into in order to find out if getting a chihuahua is viable.

  6. Ask your parents for the breed of your choice. Let them know you have enough money to cover some of the costs. (The more the better.) Tell them how you plan to handle the finances of the dog going forward. Tell them your plans for the lifespan of the pet, including when you leave the nest, so to speak.

  7. Remember they still could say no. This is a lot of work to do when there’s no guarantees, but solidly proving you can be responsible is the most likely way to change a parent’s mind. (Trust me. I’m a parent now.)

Most parents say no because they know all the work is going to be dumped on them. A minimum of 6 months of hard work showing that you are, in fact, responsible and will do the work to care for it may be enough to ease your parent’s minds.

This is also a good test for you. If you can’t do the work for 6 months, you might not be able to do the work of caring for a chihuahua. Owning a dog is rewarding, but it’s as much scooping poop and cleaning dirty food bowls as it is walking them and playing fetch.

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By Andrea

Andrea is a dedicated dog mom of three chihuahuas. She has over a decade of experience as a dog groomer, chihuahua owner, and more recently as a dog trainer. She loves all things canine, particularly chihuahuas.

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