How to Convince Your Parents to Let You Become a Dog Walker
Convincing your parents to let you have a job, like dog walking, can be nerve racking, especially if you are afraid that they will say no. However, by proving that you're ready and approaching your parents with the right attitude, you can increase the likelihood of a positive response from your parents. If your parents say no or are undecided, remain calm and collected. Try to figure out their reasons for saying no. Once you know their reasons, perhaps you and your parents can make a compromise.
Proving that You're Ready
Take on more responsibilities.Before approaching your parents, make sure to do your chores diligently for at least a week or two. Also, try to take on extra responsibilities in the house. This way, you have material to use to prove to your parents that you are ready to take on the responsibility of having a job.
- For example, offer to help your younger siblings with homework or babysitting.
- If you already have a dog, contribute more of your time to taking care of it by feeding it, taking it for walks, and bathing it more often.
Obtain relevant experience.By obtaining the necessary experience, you can prove to your parents that you are prepared to have a job in dog walking. Try volunteering at an animal shelter or a rescue organization. Often times, these organizations need volunteers to walk their dogs. Or, schedule and take a dog training or dog behavioral class at your local pet store.
- You can also build your experience by volunteering to walk your neighbors’ or family members’ dogs. This is a great way to start building your client base, as well.
Understand what dog-walking entails.As a dog walker, you must be willing to work outdoors and in all kinds of weather conditions. Therefore, you must be physically fit. You must also have a basic understanding of dogs and dog care, as well as enjoy being around dogs. And, understand that you will need to have a flexible schedule to accommodate your clients.
- Once you have done your research, organize the information in a clear and concise way so it is easy for your parents to understand and digest.
- Make an outline that details your clients, your responsibilities, your hours, and your wages. Also, include any contributions that your parents will need to make, like driving you to a location.
Making Your Case
Prepare for your parents' questions.Your parents are going to ask you a lot of questions. By being prepared for these questions, you can make a better and more persuasive case. You will also look responsible if you have the answers to most of their questions.Questions that your parents might ask are:
- “Whose dogs will you be walking?”
- “When will you work?” or, “What will your work schedule be like?”
- “How much will you be paid?”
- “How will you get there?”
- “How much do you know about dogs?” or, “Will you be able to handle a dog if it becomes aggressive?”
Bring up the topic during a convenient time.Approach your parents when they are not busy doing something, like cooking, fixing the sink, or helping your sibling with their homework. Also, make sure to bring up the topic when they are in a good mood. Don’t bring up the topic when they are stressed or angry.
- Driving in the car, going for a walk, or after dinner are examples of good times to talk.
- If you want to talk, but you see that your parents are busy, then ask, “Can we talk? Is now a good time to talk?” “I have something to talk about with you. When is a good time to talk?” and “Mom (or Dad), do you have a minute?”
Ask for a delayed response.When your parent feels like they are cornered, or if they feel like they are being rushed, they are more likely to say no than yes. Therefore, by asking for a delayed response, it will give your Dad or Mom time to consider your request. This will also make you look patient, and thus, mature.
- Ask for a delayed response by saying, “You do not need to say yes or no right away. I want you to take the time to review the information, and think about my request before deciding.”
- Show some gratitude by saying, “I know both of you guys work really hard to provide for me and my sister. But, I want to start taking more responsibility for some of my things. By having this job, I will be able to pay for some of my clothes and video games. Think about it.”
Dealing with Their Response
Figure out why they said no.If your parents say no at first, it is not the end of the world. Instead of becoming angry or frustrated, figure out the reasons for why they decided no. Then, ask them what you can do to make it a yes.
- For example, “How can I change your decision?” or, “What do I need to do to change your mind?”
Make a compromise.If your parents are undecided, offer to make a compromise. Perhaps your parents are worried that you won’t have time for your schoolwork if you have a job. Or, maybe they are worried about your general safety. Instead of arguing with them, negotiate with them.
- If they are worried about school, tell them, “If my grades start to drop, I will quit dog walking.”
- If they are worried about your safety, tell them, “I will only walk dogs of owners who you and I know and trust.”
- If they are just generally unhappy with you, tell them, “If you guys allow me to dog walk, I will take more responsibility around the house. I know you want me to be more responsible and mature, but so do I. How can I show you that?”
Remain calm.Remember to remain calm if your parents decide on a definitive no. Do not get angry and start yelling, whining, or crying. This will only prove their point—that you are not mature enough to have a job. You want to leave a good impression for the next time you ask them.
- In the meantime, take more responsibility around the house. Help your parents by doing more chores, taking care of siblings, and by listening and abiding by their rules. If they see an improvement, perhaps they will change their mind about their decision.
QuestionHow old do I need to be to walk dogs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on your experience with dogs and how willing your parents are to let you go out alone, but probably around 10 years old.Thanks!
QuestionMy parents are saying that I need insurance, but I don't have that money. What do I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou really should try to set aside enough money for insurance - if you don't, you could be doing yourself more damage in the long run. Try doing some chores around the house for money in order to save up enough for insurance. Since your parents made the suggestion, they might be more willing to help you work towards that goal.Thanks!
QuestionI can't walk my dog ever because he's a really big puppy and my parents won't let me, even if they're with me. How do I convince them to let me?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerProve to them that you can do this. Sow them you are responsible, and maybe even dogsit for a big dog.Thanks!
QuestionCan I walk them at 11 years old?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOf course you can! You may need to ask your parents permission first, and if they say yes then enjoy your new job! On the other hand, if they say no, you may need to wait a few more years.Thanks!
QuestionCan I walk them if I am 8 years old?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou will have a very difficult time at such a young age, as most owners will not trust an 8 year old with their dog, thinking they're not responsible or not strong enough to handle it.Thanks!
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