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Written on December 18, 2017   By   in Pets & Animals

How to Choose the Right Dog Crate Size

Rearing dogs for protection, companionship, and breeding for selling are some of the reasons why people keep dogs. Deciding whether to crate your dog or not is a question you may be struggling with. But it is recommended by veterinary experts and canine trainers that crating your dog is essential to its general well-being in various ways. When your dog is crated, you are assured of peace of mind. Toilet and house training is done better if the dog is crated. When travelling, a crate is a suitable way to move with your dog. You should make sure that the crate that you choose for your dog is of the right dimensions and here are some tips on choosing the right crate size.

Before choosing the crate, think about the size of your dog. Because the crate may be the dog’s abode for quite a while, make sure you choose well. A tiny crate might be cramped for the dog, while a massive crate may scare the dog. It is crucial that you take the correct measurements because they will determine the size of the crate. While the dog is standing, measure the measurements from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail to get the length. Measurement for the height should be taken when the dog is sitting. To be wholly assured, you can add five inches to the measurements.

Whether constructing the crate yourself, or acquiring it, there are several materials that build dog crates. You can opt for wood, stainless steel, plastic or aluminum sheets among others. Understand that you don’t have to strictly use specific materials for the crate. This is because not all dogs respond the same way to varying types of materials used to make crates. Some dogs may react with stainless steel, while others may not. Be aware of your dog’s habits and if they have allergic reactions to any materials. In case you put your dog in a crate constructed from material that is allergic to its body, it will impact negatively on the dog’s health and demeanor.

The choice of crate that you will make will be significantly influenced by the purpose for which you intend to use it. If the crate is to be placed outdoors, then you should select a hardy crate that can withstand harsh and extreme weather conditions like rain, snow, and cold. Portable crates should be chosen if travelling is expected. Choose well designed crates that will complement your house if the crate is to be put indoors. if you need to take a flight with your dog, confirm with the airline the specifics of crates that are air approved.

Due to varying and unique characteristics of different dogs, not all crates may be the same. These are factors that may make a crate ideal for your friend’s dog, but unsuitable for your dog. Due to such scenarios, you should study dog crate size guides available in order to help you. These manuals or charts have specific information on many types of dog crates depending on some variables. The variables that will determine what kind of crate you will opt for include the weight, height, and breed of your dog among others. The points above will help you get the perfect crate.

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