Mavis Shaw. Dog Crates. February 03rd , 2018.
You thought through your choice of a home, give your dogs home the same thought. The size of your puppy/dog will depend on the size dog crate you will need. Some crates come with a dividers to adjust the size crate to the growth of the puppy. In general the dog should be able to stand and turn around. To help you with your search here is some details about the different types that are offered. Solid plastic dog crates are sturdy with openings near the top for air flow. Air flow is required for secure travel, such as in an airplane.
Growing puppies alternate between periods of activity and sleeping. As long as you have a regular schedule of toileting, feeding and exercise, your puppy will be happy to use his dog crate for a bed. Just dont expect your puppy to stay in his crate unless he is sleeping: remember he needs lots of love and attention. If you intend to keep him in his crate for long periods perhaps you need to reconsider whether you are able to commit to a dog right now. If you have an older dog you think you may like to crate perhaps you are giving a new home to an older animal from a refuge shelter you can still happily use a dog crate as a bed.
Let him investigate the crate. Just as with a puppy, put in soft bedding and a treat, and let him get used to things while the door remains open. Once he is accustomed to his crate you will most likely find he will take himself off there to sleep or to get away from noisy children or visitors. What should I put in my dogs crate? Put washable bedding perhaps a favorite blanket in the crate to make it comfortable. Put the favorite toy of the moment in as well and perhaps a rawhide bone to chew on.
A dog crate should be big enough for the dog to stand up, turn around, and otherwise move with ease. Unless you want to buy multiple crates throughout the life of your dog, youll need to buy one that will fit its fullgrown size, even if youre getting the dog as a puppy. The tricky part about this is that you dont want the dog to have more room than it actually needs, at least not once it has outgrown the puppy stage. However, setting up dividers to reduce the space of the crate isnt difficult, so err on the side of too large rather than too small.
They might also be safer in a car accident than other types. The door is a squeeze latch which offers good security and onehanded operation. The plastic makes it easier to clean. There are some disadvantages with a plastic dog crate. Not all plastic crates can be taken apart when not used so they take up space. Since the crate has openings near the top the dog has limited sight to see things going on around him. Aluminium and wire dog crates are very similar. The aluminium crate can be either fixed or folding. These crates are light weight. When constructed properly they can be very sturdy and they dont rust.
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