Avoid the 5 biggest dog parenting mistakes

Dog Parenting

Getting a new dog?  Great!  But first, avoid the 5 biggest dog parenting mistakes:


1. Not deciding on the family rules beforehand

Dogs can tell very quickly when we are unsure about something, and they don’t trust parents who are indecisive. Decide on a few, clear rules and enforce them in a respectful way – always! It’s not fair and it’s very confusing for dogs when a certain behavior is allowed sometimes and not others.

2. Letting your dog run everywhere in your house 

When you bring a new dog home, his behavior and movements need to be guided and controlled by you. Keeping dogs leashed and with you, as shown in “3 Dog Days-rehab and training video” teaches respectful behavior and provides the support they need in each room of your house. These simple techniques, done correctly with  patience, are essential for adjustment to their new home and family. The “3 Dog Days” program will also work to “reset” a dog’s behavior that is already a part of your family.


3. Baby talk and petting at the wrong time

Praise MUST happen at the right moment because timing is everything when it comes to teaching dogs. Most parents accidentally baby talk or pet when their dog is fearful or unsure. This seals the deal and they will think you are agreeing with the fear – because you are! Give your dog what he needs, not what you feel like giving. Praise only when they are calm, respectful and confident.


4. Not giving dogs a crate

Many people mistakenly think of a dog crate as a “cage.” It is absolutely not, and should not, be treated as a cage. It is a comfy bed, an off-duty comfort area, a crib, and should be used as such. It’s a mistake to leave any dog or puppy in training alone in the house without being safely secured in their crate/bed. If they are left alone to run the house, you are most certainly setting them up to fail. Dogs need shown that crates are happy places, not sources of punishment.  Parents owe it to their dogs to educate themselves on the proper use of crates. The proper way to use a crate is outlined in the crate work section in “3 Dog Days: Rehab and Training Video,” available instantly on amazon here. If you’re an amazon prime member, you can even watch it for free.  The information found there is invaluable!



5. Playing with your hands

My number one dog behavior rule is “no teeth on humans, ever.” Family members, including parents, often wrestle their dog and swing their hands at the dog or puppy’s mouth while playing. This is a big mistake because you are teaching your dog to bite you! Always pick up a toy and direct your dog to the toy for play. How is your dog supposed to know he can’t bite you at other times or when he grows much larger and stronger? He doesn’t realize he’d bigger or that behavior isn’t allowed. Teaching your dog to bite you in play is the best way to get your kids or others hurt – and it won’t even be your dog’s fault – but he will be the one that looses his home and most likely his life. I cannot stress the importance of this rule enough and any biting should be disagreed with immediately.  Absolutely, No Teeth on Humans, Ever!


Enjoy your dogs!  They are one of life’s most precious gifts. Learn more about dog behaviorist Angie Winters and Watch 3 Dog Days instantly. 

About the Author:

I’m going to expose myself to you. I’m generally a fairly private person, so this kind of mass, personal exposure causes me some discomfort. However, I’m also a very straight forward person and I don’t shy away from the truth – I’m always happy to share anything I’ve discovered with others in the hope they can also benefit. My greatest desire, my absolute passion, is to change the world for dogs; and in order to do this, I must tell you my story. My journey started, like too many others, doing my best to ride out a very dysfunctional, abusive childhood. How I survived it, how I coped, was to escape into the natural world. I spent every moment I could, observing and caring for my much-loved pets. My family and friends would later remark they rarely saw me without, a cat, dog, guinea pig, horse, goat or rat! In my teens, I became obsessed with researching and planning how I could make things better for animals and protect them from abuse. Adulthood brought a career in real estate and construction and then the gift of two fantastic sons. My focus was on raising my boys to be kind, resilient, happy young men. Through the years, though, I was rehabilitating rescue dogs one or two at a time…the more difficult the case, the more I learned. The dogs were teaching me. I was honing my techniques until I was consistently able to cure dogs and bring back a happy dog mind. Like most moms, I did push myself too hard on all fronts and stress was my constant companion – eventually leading to a decade of various health challenges. I was very busy, and out of necessity, I developed a high tolerance for pain and kept pushing myself forward. Eventually, the universe dealt me a hand that would break me and demand I sit up and take notice. The short version is I was finally diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, a rare condition that delivers excruciating nerve pain in the form of “lightening strikes” in the face. I typical had around 30 strikes a day, which varied based on the number and types of incapacitating, medications prescribed to help me endure…to help me stay alive. Trigeminal neuralgia causes what is generally described as the “worst pain known to man ” and “the suicide disease.” If I tried to eat or speak, I got a strike. If I tried to brush my teeth, I got a strike. If I tried to go outside in the wind, I got a strike. I think one of the most devastating parts was not being able to cry…even crying brought a lighting bolt through my mouth. TN steals your life through extreme physical pain and starvation; and terrorizes you emotionally. After enduring it for 5 years, bedridden for the last six months, it was clear I wasn’t going to survive. The details of what happen next are extremely personal, but I was utterly aware I was living my final few days in this world. I had fought, furiously, to stay alive for my boys, but I felt the last energy from my cells slip away. I had lost my last battle. At that moment, I left most of my physical body and pierced the veil between our world and another world. I was instantaneously pain free and completely at peace; but it was not to be. How I was saved, though, is a whole other story. I will just tell you that I was not allowed to fully leave this world; while simultaneously and without my knowledge, a completely random set of circumstances and people were coming perfectly together to my rescue. By the next day, I was rushed to Pittsburgh for emergency brain surgery, preformed by gifted surgeons I had never met. I awoke from the ordeal completely cured…and with a clear directive. I was the recipient of a miracle; and I was to use this second chance to make the world a much better place for dogs. I realized I had to figure out, no matter how difficult, a way to spread this desperately needed information about the dog mind and heart everywhere! No longer was it just ok to save one dog at a time or help one family at a time. I had to make videos with clear, concise, common sense techniques and information; and get them into the hands of every dog parent. I will never stop working and advocating for dogs until my second chance time here is over. Please join me on this journey and help me spread the word!

One Comment

  1. Victoria Best January 9, 2017 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Angie is a compassionate and effective teacher. I was having some behavioral issues with my one year old Pooshon after my older dog passed away. Angie provided me with resources and tools to correct his behavior and it worked! He’s still a work in progress but I would absolutely recommend Angie4dogs when looking for a trainer. – Victoria Best

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