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Choosing the Right Crate

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Choosing the Right Crate Size

The size of the crate you should purchase depends on the size of your dog. Your dog is physically comfortable when the crate is tall enough for your dog to stand up to his full height without having to duck his head, wide enough to allow your dog to lie on his side and stretch out, long enough for him to lie down stretched to his full body length without having to curl up. Puppy owners usually purchase crates according to the estimated adult size of the breed. To avoid keeping your puppy in a space that is too large, you can use divider panels. Crate dividers make the crate smaller, so your puppy can be trained to wait until let outside. You can gradually expand the space for your puppy as he grows.

Plastic versus Wire Crates

Wire crates allow your dog to see more of his surroundings, offering good visibility in all directions (this may be a disadvantage, depending on the dog and the situation). Wire crates also allows more air circulation, which may be an advantage in hot or humid climates and can typically be folded flat or easily disassembled for carrying or storing. Wire crates can be easily cleaned.

Plastic crates restrict the dog's view of his surroundings (this may be a disadvantage, depending on the dog and the situation). Plastic crates provide more insulation, which may be an advantage in cold or wet climates. They can be disassembled for storage and can be used as an open dog bed by removing the top. Many plastic crates are airline approved, please contact specific airlines to make sure your crate is approved. Plastic crates usually weigh less than wire crates.

Puppy Potty Training Tips

Don't leave your very young puppy in his home all day. At six weeks, a puppy can hold his bladder about four hours. By eight weeks, five hours. By 12 weeks, six hours and by 5-6 months a puppy should be able to hold his bladder for an eight-hour work day.

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