Can I Persuade Someone to Get a Dog?

By Maya Marin

Persuading a person to get a dog takes thought and time. At the very least, you must make sure that the person likes dogs and is open to the idea of owning a pet. To successfully convince someone to get a dog, you must gather information and outline the benefits of owning an animal. You must also be realistic about what is required of a dog owner, from providing veterinary care to properly feeding and caring for the animal, and that person must be aware of the responsibility as well as the joys of pet ownership.

Tip #1 - Make a list of reasons why having a dog would be beneficial to the person you want to persuade. There are a large number of reasons why people decide to get a dog. Many people find that dogs help them combat loneliness. Becoming more social is another reason for owning a dog. Many people find that by taking their dog to the dog park or other dog-friendly places, they meet new people. Other reasons for getting a dog may be to give other household dogs and animals someone to play with, as well as giving children the opportunity to own a pet that they help raise and care for.

Tip #2 - Research breeds to see which would be the best fit for the person's lifestyle and unique preferences. You must take into consideration the person's hobbies, temperament, and amount of free time to see whether he or she can handle the maintenance requirements of certain breeds. Not all breeds are an ideal fit for every person.

Tip #3 - Volunteer to help out caring for the dog. Family members who get a dog should share the responsibilities of a pet. Even if you do not live with the person, volunteering to take the dog on walks never hurts.

Tip #4 - Be prepared to give a realistic presentation about what it takes to own a dog. Clearly outline the responsibilities associated with owning a pet, such as veterinary shots, food and general care. Being prepared with this information not only makes the initial stages of owning a dog easier but also shows that you put time and effort into your presentation.

Warning: Although this should go without saying, it's important to stress that you should never lie nor withhold important information from the person you want to persuade. If you do, this is trickery, not persuasion! Also, know when to give up your campaign, as you never want to coerce someone into doing something she does not want to do. Convincing a person to get an animal that she does not want may cause grief for both the new owner and the animal. Furthermore, the person may also end up giving the dog away if she realizes that owning a pet is not what she wants, and potentially even blame you.

By A.N. Pike


About the Author
A.N. Pike has been a professional writer since 2006. She has worked for the "McKinney Courier-Gazette" and her campus newspaper, now freelancing for various clients. Pike earned her associate's degree in mass communications and journalism from Collin College.