Buying, Furnishing, and Preparing the Crate

The time has come for you to go crate shopping and you notice that they come in many sizes and design options. Let the shopper in you compare the advantages and disadvantages of the different styles to figure out which will be best suited for your usage and dog. A few types are as follows, collapsible metal, metal with fabric, wire, solid plastic, fixed and folding aluminum, and soft-sided collapsible crates that conveniently fold up easily for travel.

Regarding traveling be sure always to have your dog safely secured when in a motor vehicle. There are crates specially designed and tested for vehicle transportation.

“What size crate do I purchase?”

The crate should be big enough for your puppy to stand up, turn around, and lie down in. If you wish to hedge your bet, instead of purchasing multiple crates you can purchase a crate that will accommodate your puppy when full size, but this will require blocking off the end so that they are unable to eliminate waste in a section and then move to another that is apart from where they soiled.

In summary, per the criteria mentioned above, you need to cordon off the crate to accommodate your puppy’s smaller size and then expand as he or she grows.

“What do I put into the crate?”

Toys, treats, blanket or mat and the entire home furnishings a young puppy needs and desires to be entertained. Avoid televisions, tablets, and radios. Seriously, you should provide an ample supply of natural material indestructible chew-toys, and things such as indestructible balls. All of the chews and toys should be large enough not to be swallowed, and tough enough to withstand tearing apart a portion that could be swallowed by your puppy. Treats will be occasionally required, and stuffing them into the chew-toys will occupy the young pup for hours.

Clean water is another essential item that all dogs must have regular access. You can utilize a small rodent type water dispenser attached to the side of the crate. If you know that your dog will only be in the crate under two hours, then he or she will probably be able to go without water.

“Where do I place the crate?”

It is a good idea to place the crate close to where you are located in the house. This keeps a puppy from feeling lonely and you able to keep an eye out for signs that he or she needs to eliminate waste. As housetraining is successful, the crate does not have to be located beside you, only near you, or in central location to where you are working or relaxing. Eventually the crate can be located at further distances, but you do not want your dog ever to feel isolated.