One of the first things you will need for your dog is a quality dog kennel. The right dog kennel can help potty train your puppy, make traveling easier and give your dog a cozy place to curl up at night, plus it gives them their own space.
How to measure your dog for a crate or kennel to avoid the common mistake of buying the wrong size is actually easy, if you follow these steps:
- Length: Measure your dog from head to tail, taking into consideration the tail.
- Height: Measure from the top of the head to the ground, add about 2 to 4 inches if the dog had erect ears. They should not duck to get in or out!
- Width: just add 2 inches for small breeds, and 4 inches for larger breeds.
As a rule of thumb, kennels and crates should be at least 4 inches taller and longer than your dog and allow him to stand, sit and turn around easily.
Some pet owners think of a kennel or crate as a prison, but for them is their own peaceful retreat. If a dog is properly introduced to a crate as a young pup he will view it as a safe refuge from the hustle and bustle of the house (and children!), a place for peace, quiet and snoozing.
Rest periods in snug quarters are a natural part of caring for our dogs’ needs.
But don’t abuse it, dogs have many other needs that crates interfere with. Dogs are social animals; they require interaction with other dogs or people. They also need exercise, mental stimulation, and appropriate “potty” opportunities.
So, while some time spent in a crate is usually a positive element of dog rearing, too much time spent in a crate can have disastrous consequences.
These days there are many options available and you are sure to find a crate to match your style.