If you are the proud “parent” of a puppy, you really want him to grow into the healthiest, happiest, safest and most well-behaved dog you’ve ever seen. That’s what all good parents want for their children, right?
Crate training can be tremendously helpful when it comes to training the pup to behave himself when you are not around (at night, for example). However, this is a method that should be done correctly if you want to see the best results with it. Otherwise, it may turn your little furry friend into a true rascal before you can even realize what is happening!
How to buy a crate for your dog? Even more exactly, what are the best crates for growing puppies? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.
Solution A: Buy a less expensive one and upgrade when the pup is fully grown
It is definitely not a good idea to leave a small puppy in a crate that’s way too large for him. In fact, this can be quite dangerous for the entire crate training period, as it may instigate the pup to escape or to do his needs on one side of the crate and “live” on the other one.
One of the most popular solutions to this issue is buying a less expensive crate for when the puppy is very young and then upgrade it when he is fully grown up. Remember, though a “less expensive crate” should never mean a less safe one – your pup’s health is at stake here, so we highly advise going against common safety rules.
For example, thin wire crates are inexpensive and easy to carry, but they are not suitable for highly active pups who may try to escape them and hurt themselves in the process. On the other hand, thin wire crates can be a good choice for a pup that’s already crate trained and well-behaved when left alone.
Solution B: Buy a larger crate and divide it
As mentioned before, leaving a young pup in a crate that’s way too large for him can be dangerous. However, buying a larger crate and using a divider to minimize the available space can work very well – as long as the divider is very steady and it cannot be torn apart by the dog.
How large should the crate be? This depends on your dog’s breed and the size it can reach. We suggest you document yourself and see what height and length your dog breed can reach on average and at the maximum. To these measurements, you should add a couple of inches to insure the pup can feel comfortable enough within the confinements of the crate.
Remember, if you want to add a bed inside the crate or if the materials from which the walls are made are very thick, you may want to add an extra couple of inches too. As mentioned in the beginning, you want the very best for your puppy, right?