04-03-2010, 11:57 AM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Southern Utah
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I hope this doesn't come off as rude, but it sounds to me like you're splitting up your household by saying, "These dogs are my parents' dogs, and this dog will be my dog."
One of the biggest issues I find with dog owners is what I just explained. These dogs are family members... When you start splitting the family members up, that's when problems arise.
"Your dog peed on the carpet and I'm not cleaning it because he's not my dog."
"Your dog chewed up my shoe/book/whatever and I'm expecting you to replace it because it wasn't my dog that did it!"
See the problems here?
All the dogs in a home should be considered everyone's dog and the responsibilities should be split-up evenly. If you're not already taking your fair share of time and energy to care for the three dogs you already have, then try to pick up more responsibilities with them. That way you not only get into the habits that you need to care for a dog, but you're showing your parents that you're serious and that you are capable of caring for a dog.
However, if your parents say "No" then that means no. There's nothing any of us here can do to change that...