Crates sometimes get a bad rap, but they're essential tools for owners and pooches alike. What are the benefits of crates? There are so many that it's hard to list them all!
They make new dogs in your household feel safe and secure. They also make housetraining young and nervous pups easier. Furthermore, they give dogs their very own place to retreat to when they feel like it—think of a crate as your pup's very own room! And, of course, they make travel comfortable and easy.
But crates aren't one-size-fits-all products, so it's crucial to know what size you need before buying one. Here are three tips for choosing the perfect crate size for your dog.
Measure Your Pup
Measuring your pup is the easiest way to determine what size you need. Grab a measuring tape and get ready! Start by measuring from the top of your dog's head to the floor while they're standing. This is their height. Next, measure their length by extending the tape measure from their nose to the base of their tail. Add four inches to both measurements, and voila! Those are the ideal measurements for your pup's future crate.
Leave Room for Growth
The next tip for choosing the perfect crate size for your dog is to consider their age. Dogs typically stop growing between the ages of 6 to 12 months. If your dog is under a year old, they could potentially experience another growth spurt.
For this reason, you must consider your pup's potential adult measurements when choosing a crate. Otherwise, they could grow out of it in a jiff! There are a few methods for predicting a pup's adult weight. However, predicting body height and length is a bit trickier. We recommend using the average adult measurements for your dog’s breed as a reference.
Determine if Your Dog Wanders
Does your pup love to move around and explore? Or are they content to nap the entire day away? A curious dog will appreciate a roomy crate that they can freely move around in, while a less adventurous dog may prefer a comfy, small, and covered crate.
Looking for a new crate? Our collapsible travel dog crate is a soft-sided crate that's portable, comfortable, and stain resistant. For a crate that both you and your dog will pawsitively love, shop with us today!
Here at DogGoods®, we dedicate ourselves to the happiness and safety of all pups. We donate a portion of each purchase to an animal charity of your choice.