The Biggest Dog Crate Training Mistakes – Updated in 2017!

This guide will aid those that are having problems crate training their pet dogs. Crate training is very important for discipline purposes.

Big Crate Training Mistake #1:


If you let your dog in his crate for long periods of time you will end up with a dog that starts eliminating in his crate and, believe me, that is a tough problem to solve!

The number of hours you can let your dog in his crate depend on his age. The younger your dog, the shorter this period is.

Big Crate Training Mistake #2:

If you put your dog in his crate, shut the door and leave or, even worse, use the crate as a form of punishment, you will ultimately destroy your chance of successful crate training your dog.

If you want to make sure that your dog will hate his crate, this is the best way to do it! Especially if you have a heavy duty dog crate.

First of all, as stated in Mistake #1, your dog should not be left in his crate for long periods UNTIL he is crate trained.

Believe me; you do not need the frustration of chasing your dog around the house when it is time for you to leave for work.

Chewing is extremely rewarding for a dog or puppy. It is a natural behaviour and dogs need to chew. The problem most new dog owners have to bring their dog to chew on ONLY pleasant things.

Big Crate Training Mistake #3:

Because everyone says that a crate is the quickest way to housebreak a dog, you might be tempted to think that all you have to do is to buy a dog crate and put your dog in it and that he will be magically housebroken!

Unfortunately, it does not work that way. It is true however that a crate will skyrocket your housebreaking progress with your dog, but you must first teach your dog to accept his crate.

Why is a crate so helpful to potty train your puppy or dog?

Because it is based on one of your dog’s most natural instinct: the desire not to soil the place where he sleeps.
The 4-step training method that I use is incredibly easy to follow, and it is based on one of the most fundamental dog training principles, i.e. a dog will repeat any behaviour that has positive consequences for him.

If you want your training sessions to be useful, you have to keep them short; it is much better to do five sessions of 2 minutes than one course of 10 minutes. The attention span of a dog is very short, and a puppy’s one is even shorter.

Story of a Dog with Heartworm

Suzie was six weeks old when we brought her home from the Humane Society. Right away, I made an appointment with our vet to get her checked over and get her on a schedule for her vaccinations and heartworm preventive medication.

Every March, she went for the annual heartworm blood test to make sure no heartworms were present and then she would get started on the monthly preventive tablet to keep her safe from these parasites. Last spring I got the shock of my life when our vet called to say that Suzie tested positive for heartworm. I said, how can this be, she has been on the heartworm preventive every year. Our vet agreed, it was highly unlikely and asked me to bring her back for a second blood test. This I did the very next day. Once again the test was positive.

Suzie was 12 years old at the time of diagnosis and had arthritis so our vet left the decision up to us but informed us that the treatment for heartworm is very hard in older dogs and the treatment could kill her. Our vet thought that because we caught the infection in a very early stage that Suzee could live out her life and would die of something else before the heartworm caused many problems for her. So we decided not to put Suzie through the painful treatment and let her live out her years, however, many that may be. I kept Suzee in a crate that she cannot escape from which has ensured she is safe.


Suzie began to show signs of the heartworm infestation within months. She lost weight and had a cough and was becoming weak. How could this be happening so soon? Back to the vet, we went with our Suzee. The vet confirmed that the disease was progressing very fast. She was starting to have heart failure, so she was prescribed a heart medication, diuretic and a steroid to help her combat the symptoms. Suzie rallied a few times, but the disease finally took over our Suzee.

We lost our beloved, Suzie, to heartworm disease just a few months ago, only ten months from her blood test that tested positive for these evil parasites.

I decided to write about this topic in Suzie’s memory. I do not want anyone else to go through what our Suzie did. We still do not know why she was not protected by taking the heartworm preventive we gave her but we have some idea.

1. Possibly when I gave her the tablet, she may have gone outside and vomited it up.

2. Like any medication, Nothing is 100 percent.

3. We have multiple dogs and maybe she spit it out for a moment and one of the other dogs scarfed it up.

We have decided to keep our other pets on the heartworm preventive tablet year round now and watch them carefully after they take it to make sure they get it down.

Dogs with Fleas


At some time during your ownership of an Akita or any dog, for that matter, you are going to have to deal with dog fleas. The signs are visible; your dog will start scratching itself or itching itself. If your pooch gets fleas you need to deal with it immediately not only to stop the dog’s distress but to prevent more severe conditions from developing.getting rid of dog fleas

Many dog owners take fleas lightly, but they are serious and can lead to serious problems for your dog. Fleas will bite your dog hundreds of times a day. The problems fleas can cause to your dog’s health can become dangerous, so it is important to deal with the problem fast. Fortunately, there are some excellent treatments available today for getting rid of dog fleas.

If your dog is always scratching in a particular spot it will cause sores and hair loss, fleas can also infect the dog with other nasty diseases. If you see your dog suddenly start to scratch itself, be sure to look under their fur. Adult fleas are easily visible and if you find one then assume it is not alone; the dog will soon be overrun with them if you do not act immediately.

It is hard to prevent your dog from getting fleas without some form of anti-flea treatment because they are everywhere. If your dog mixes with other dogs, the chances of getting dog fleas increases.

Getting rid of dog fleas is not a problem these days with the excellent products available.

Bayer K9 Advantix II Blue 6-Month Flea & Tick Drops for Extra Large Dogs, 55+ lbs.Getting Rid Of Dog Fleas


Flea collars are a method to prevent the dog getting fleas and powder is another method, personally I dislike powder because of the mess it leaves. For a big dog like an Akita Advantix is an excellent flea prevention system. Whatever method you use, you will need to ensure that the medication you are using contains an adulticide, which kills adult fleas and also and insect growth regulator. An IGR kills the cycle of flea development and prevents them reproducing.

It is no good just killing the adults; you need to kill the eggs as well, or the cycle will just continue.

If you see the signs of dog fleas react straight away. The best method is to treat your dog in the summer months with an anti-flea treatment and save it a lot of distress. Advantix is a proven flea treatment that many vets recommend. It’s very efficient and not too expensive, certainly nowhere near as expensive as having to take your dog to the vet to be treated for flea induced infections.