My son is 14 and has never had a dog before. He has asked several times in the past, but I continued to explain to him that there was no possible way for us to have the time to care for a dog the way a dog deserves. He spends his days at school and his dad and I spend our days at work, so that poor little dog would be left at home all alone all day long. My son created a written plan for how he would take care of his dog if we would allow him to get one. His plan included him using his allowance to pay for doggy day care. So I gave in. If you have a child begging for a dog, my blog can help you determine if it can work for your busy family.