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Dog’s Crates – A Perfect Little Dog Den

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Dog crates can serve as an excellent way to confine your dog, especially if your pooch is still being trained or for times when it is necessary to remove your dog from people activity. And for some dogs, a  dog crate provides a den like environment with see-through walls, so the household activity can be watched from the safety of a crate.

One thing that dog crates are not, is a place to put your dog for punishment. The crate serves as his or her little den, a safe place to sleep or withdraw to when the household activity gets to be too much. Consequently, a safe area for your dog should never be confused as an area for the correction of bad behavior.

Choosing the Dog Crate Size

Typically, the size is determined by the expected adult size of your dog. That being said, some adult crates can be overwhelmingly large for a puppy and could result in sleeping at one end and soiling at the other. To prevent this, a dog crate divider is the answer. The divider can be moved to enlarge the crate as your dog grows.

Dogs Crates   A Perfect Little Dog Den

The following is a rough guide to consider when choosing the size. For small dogs up to 25 lbs. or so, a crate depth of 24 inches is good. Miniature poodles and dogs this size qualify for this crate size. Dogs at about 40 lbs. need a crate depth of 30 inches. Think Lhasa Apso for this size.  A 36 inch crate would accommodate Spaniels, or dogs up to 70 lbs. An Irish Setter or dogs of about 90 lbs would need a crate depth of 42 inches. German Shepherds or dogs about 110 lbs. need a crate depth of 48 inches. And finally, a Great Dane or dogs over 110 lbs. need a crate size of 54 inches.

Crate Accessories

Every crate should have a crate mat or pad. These make the crate a lot more comfortable for your dog for sleeping and standing. You may also want to consider a crate cover which really turns the crate into a little den for your dog.

Final Dog Crate Thoughts

Remember to locate your dog’s crate close to where the rest of the family hangs out. Your dog may go to the dog crate for refuge, but that doesn’t necessarily mean she wants to be isolated from you. After all, dogs are social animals. And never leave home with your dog locked in the crate for more than a few hours. Anything longer might be considered cruel.