The Lockdown: What Size Dog Crate Do I Need?
One of the best things you can get your dog is a dog crate. It pays for itself by giving your pooch his very own place in your home as well as a device that makes it easier to have a successful house training. One thing I always ask myself before getting a dog crate is, what is the best I can get for my dog?
Believe me when I tell you that my kennel hunting involved a lot of trial and error. I can’t begin to tell you how many kennels I have had to dump due to poor quality, dangerous materials, and too little space for my dog.
Quite honestly one of the most asked question regarding dog crates is the size. Let me give you a personal example. Years ago I had a little male English Bulldog puppy. When it was time to house train him, I immediately went out to the pet mart and got him a crate without researching first.
It was fine for the first month, but my little baby suddenly was not looking too little anymore. He started filling up that rickety plastic kennel in no time and I was forced to buy another one. Lesson learned!
So now I am going to share some tips on what size dog crate you will need.
1. Research is the key!
Don’t be a smarty pants like me and do some research beforehand. What is the breed of the dog? If he is still a puppy, read credible sites for information on what height, length, and weight is the maximum that the breed can gain.
Here is a good website where you can check your dogs average weight and size. You could even compare breed sizes if you are still looking.
2. Pooch crating commandments
When getting a crate keep in mind of the following factors:
- It must be roomy enough for the pooch to move around without giving up too much space.
- The pooch must be able to sit straight without hitting the roof of the crate.
- Pooch must be able to lay down and stretch without the hitting the walls of the crate.
- Pooch must be able to turn around with relative ease.
3. Measuring time
- Take the measurement of your dog while he is in his normal standing position. Measure the very tip of the dog’s nose up to the base of the tail and add about 8 centimeters more to get the ideal length of the crate. (Remember to measure at the base of the tail and not the end).
- Have your dog sit up straight, measure the dog from for the floor to the head. As with the first measurement, add another 8 centimeters from your reading. This will give you an idea on how much height the crate should have.
Don’t forget to give your pooch a treat after keeping still when you measured him! I know how hard that can be.
Choosing the right size of your dog’s crate can be quite a chore. After going through several of them, I definitely know the feeling. But of course, the rewards of giving your dog a safe haven will make all the searching worth it.
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About the Author
Hi, I’m Sara and I would like to thank you for checking out my blog. I have been around dogs since I was kid and I cannot imagine life without one. So now, I am sharing with you the knowledge I have accumulated over the years and hopefully it helps you too.