What size crate do I need for my dog?

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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.

And last but not least, make sure he has a comfortable mat or bed to snooze away! and you can always add a cover, it not only gives them privacy, it can also be pretty.

These days there are many options available and you are sure to find a crate to match your style.



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