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There are many benefits for purchasing a dog crate for you puppy or dog, and very few arguments against its use. When used correctly the crate (sometimes referred to as a dog cage) can:
The crate should, and I must emphasise this, never be used for punishment nor should you puppy or dog be left locked in one for long periods of time.
Having arrived at the decision that you would like to buy a crate there are several factors that must be considered. This article will give you the information you require to make a satisfactory choice.
Selecting a suitable crate
There are several types of dog crate available these days to choose from. There are wire cages, plastic pet carriers, (often referred to as flight kennels) and soft-sided or nylon ones.
Size of Crate
Whichever type of dog crate that you decide upon it is very important that you get the crate size that is large enough to permit your dog to stretch out on it's side and turn around without being cramped and it must be tall enough to allow him to sit up without bumping his head on the top. That said don't get one that is too big as it will defeat the purpose of giving security, and one end will possibly be used as his own personal toilet.
So what size dog crate do you need? A way in which to calculate the ideal crate size is to measure the length of the dog from the tip of its nose to the end of its tail and the height from the top of its head to the ground. To these figures add 12 inches, (add more for giant breeds and less for toy breeds). The ideal depth of the crate is then the head to tail measurement plus twelve inches, the ideal height is the height measurement plus twelve inches, and the ideal width is three quarters of the ideal depth.
It is always useful to have a cover you can put over the crate to darken the inside of it. It can be used to calm and settle your dog as once covered it will stop him becoming distracted by anything that is going on around him. A blanket can be used, but a better option is a purpose made vinyl cover which will be a lot easier to clean and won't harbour fleas. If you choose to cover the crate ensure that there is sufficient ventilation and that the crate is not sited in direct sunlight.
Choose to cover the whole floor of the crate and avoid leaving and area uncovered as this will possible encourage soiling. Puppies don't want to soil their beds by choice so it will help to encourage bowl control. However there will likely be a few accidents so keep some machine washable beds to hand as replacements.
It is very important that there is always water available and therefore it is a very good idea to invest on a quality clip on spill proof bowl or dispenser.
The above gives you some tips on how to choose a dog crate so that you will be able choose the correct type and size for your dog or puppy. For further advice, Click Here and learn further tips and advice to help you look after and train your dog.
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