My boyfriend never wanted a dog, I very sneakily put it in his head we needed one lol. What I did was start volunteering at the SPCA. My boyfriend progressively started working more overtime due to a promotion. I mentioned how scared I was at home alone (this is not a lie, I am a 30 year old chicken) how we need more security, more alarms, locks etc… **cough** a dog **cough**
We volunteered for about 3 months before Bruno picked my boyfriend. It was actually amazing now that I think about it. It was almost like you could actually hear a “click” when they looked at each other. So, with me talking about needing a dog for months, then getting my boyfriend to walk and play with the dogs for a few months we ended up with Bruno.
I think the fact that we volunteered helped him with his decision. He was able to meet each dog and learn about different behaviors. He knew what he wanted, and what he didn’t. It was much different then seeing a cute puppy and picking them out of a litter after 15min of playing, or seeing pictures on the Internet. Which is great if you love animals and know you will love no matter what type of personality you will get. I think this way made my boyfriend more comfortable with the decision. We volunteered at least 3 days a week, so we had a lot of exposure to the dogs.
In the end it was my boyfriend who said he wanted Bruno. This from a guy who said we will never get an animal, and if we ever did it would be in 10 years lol.