How Big Should a Dog Crate be?

House Breaking Your Puppy

When getting a dog crate, it is very important that you get the correct dog crate size to avoid undoing all the efforts that you will have put into housebreaking your dog. A good dog crate gives your dog just enough space to lie, turn around in and stretch without getting squeezed by the sides. There are disadvantages that come with getting the wrong dog crate sizes as we have outlined below.

Too Small

If a dog crate is small such that your dog gets squeezed when it tries to stretch, your dog will be uncomfortable. You have probably seen dogs shun the idea of getting into a crate. Chances are that those dogs feel uncomfortable when in the crates. You can imagine just how uncomfortable it can be for you to remain cramped up in a given position because there is no space to move around in.

A small crate prevents your dog from feeding with ease and can lead to your dog developing sore muscles because of lack of stretching. Supposing you tend to leave your dog in the crate for long hours, you will subject your dog to hours of torture so avoid getting a small crate as much as possible.

Too Big

As much as we advocate for dogs to have a lot of space to move around in, we do not advise you to get a crate that is too big for your dog. Once you have the right measurements of your dog, shop for dog crates that will accommodate activities such as sleeping and stretching without leaving too much extra space. When a crate is larger than what your dog requires, your dog may feel more alone in all that space and this can lead to feelings of loneliness, stress, and anxiety. This may take away the feeling of security that comes with being crated in a den-like structure.

When house breaking your pet, big crates also encourage dogs to relieve themselves in the extra space, which prevents them from learning how to properly control its bowels. You will end up spending a lot of time cleaning up after your dog’s messes and this can be very frustrating for you. Big crates also take up a lot of space that could have been saved had you opted for the right size of crate. If you wish to buy a bigger crate for your puppy in anticipation of its growth needs, get a crate that comes with a dividing panel as you will be able to adjust the crate size according to the size of your dog. This will help you save on expenses in future.

Right Size

Crating comes with numerous benefits such as housebreaking, bowel control, and creating a safe place of refuge for your pet. The right dog crate size will put you in a position where you can realize these benefits while ensuring that your dog’s crating experience is pleasant.

For the best dog crate size, ensure that you measure your dog’s length, width, height and weight before purchasing a crate. If your dog is a puppy, you can get a crate with a dividing panel to allow you to adjust the crate size in future as opposed to getting a crate that is too big for your dog’s immediate needs. In the end, finding the right dog crate size is the key to successful crating.

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