I’ve already gotten my parents to agree to a dog, we originally agreed on a wiener dog (daschund) but I’ve always really wanted a rottie. The only problem with this is my mom is afraid of them, along with german shepards, and dobermans. I think she was attacked or something. And my dad simply doesn’t want it because that can cause problems with insurance.
My reasons to convince them:
I take care of our other dog; I make sure he’s run every day, sometimes twice, I feed him, clean up after him, bathe him, clip his nails etc…
Our area isn’t an unsafe one but there have been stories of women being attacked on the trails around our area, more and more frequently this seems to be happening. I love my little lab but he’s just that, a lab, and not very intimidating. I want a dog that will stop an attacker in their tracks because they’ll be afraid to approach me. I want to go running on the trails with my dogs and feel safe.
My dad travels a lot and when he travels we always lock everything up because my mom and I are afraid, usually we don’t really care if things are locked (I know it’s stupid but the area is pretty safe). And I don’t think my mom trusts the lab to protect us, he’s cowardly.
I also used to work at a kennel for several years and during that time I met many rottie’s that were great, they were raised correctly and so sweet. I only ever met one that was mean and wouldn’t let anyone but the owner touch it. As long as they’re raised correctly it should be fine and nice.
Because I want to get it as a puppy and train it myself they’ll both be able to watch it grow up (which should set aside my mom’s fears).
My sister’s dog is half rottie/pit mix and my mom was afraid of him to begin with but after meeting him and seeing what a sweetheart he is she loved him.
So far those are my reasons, mainly for protection and they are amazing dogs. My final reason would be that I’m living at home and saving them a bundle of money by commuting to school- which they know I hate doing- but that’s just a totally last resort, doesn’t really look like I’m winning them over reason. So my question is, for all rottie owners, or anyone really how can I convince them that they have a warped perspective of these dogs and that what they see on TV isn’t real life? (which they know but you get the idea.)
I actually meant training it myself in the sense of obediance, not anything more than that. And I would never own a gun, that’s just stupidity. I’m already in college and have been for a few years now, I’m pretty set with where I am. I already know my plans for after graduation and (unfortunately) I’m staying here for a few more years, so the dog won’t be moving around or staying just with my parents.