What Do You Do When You Want A Dog And Your Partner Doesn’t

You adore dogs! You see all these adorable pups who need loving homes in your social media feed but there is just one thing stopping you…

your partner! 

For some reason, he or she just does not warm up to the idea of getting a dog and you’ve just about given up on your desire to have one. 

So what can you do?

First of all, don’t just decide that you’ll go to your local rescue organization, adopt a pup, bring her home and hope for the best. That’s just asking for trouble!

The first step is to have a calm and respectful conversation with your partner and find out exactly what is behind their reluctance to get a dog. Maybe it’s because they don’t like the idea of taking on extra responsibilites in terms of feeding and walking and so forth.

If that’s the case, then assure them they won’t be responsible. You will. In other words, whatever their objection is, remove it if you can.

Another good way to win over your partner is to get them used to being around dogs without actually owning one. Take them to a friend’s house who has a friendly pup or to a dog park where you have been before and know some of the people who frequent it. The last thing you want your partner to witness is a dog fight.

Then there is the case of the partner who has a deep seated fear of dogs, perhaps from a traumatic incident as a child. In this case, the only way through this is if your partner is willing to get help from a qualified therapist to get desensitized. Empathy, patience and understanding is required.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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