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Dog crate requirements: Where to put it, and what kind to buy

Dog crate requirements: Where to put it, and what kind to buy

We all know that having a dog can be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences in life. It is our duty as pet owners to provide them with a safe and comfortable environment, and this includes finding the right dog crate. In this blog article, we will discuss the requirements for purchasing or placing a dog crate, helping you find the perfect match for your puppy's needs.
The first step when looking for a dog crate is to determine where it will be placed. The ideal spot should be somewhere with a comfortable temperature and plenty of air circulation, such as the family room or kitchen. Additionally, the spot should be out of direct sunlight, draughts, and other extreme temperatures. If you’re unsure of an appropriate location in your home, consider consulting a veterinarian or pet specialist to make sure that the spot is safe and suitable for your pup.
One place where we do not recommend is in a bedroom. You want the crate close enough to where you sleep but not so close that tossing and turning, or getting out of bed to go to the bathroom will wake the dog at 3 am. 

When shopping for a dog crate, there are several factors to consider. First off, decide what size crate to purchase based on your dog's size and breed — a puppy crate is not suitable for an adult-sized dog. Ask yourself which features best fit your pup's needs; some crates are made specifically for indoor use while others may have specific portability features like wheels or handles. Research any additional add-ons such as bedding liners or covers that can provide extra comfort and security while they settle in their new space. Do some research into different types of materials as well (such as metal versus plastic) so you can make an informed decision about which one will last longer and hold up better against everyday wear and tear. Many puppies are chewers and some people opt for no bed in the crate at all until the puppy has learned not to chew it. 

Dog Crate Size Requirements

When it comes to crate size, bigger is not always better. The goal is to find a crate that gives your dog enough room to stand up and turn around comfortably, lie down without touching the walls, and without being too spacious. If the crate is too large, your dog may be able to use the restroom in one corner and sleep in the other, which defeats the purpose of crate training. Use these general guidelines to choose the right size crate for your dog:

- For toy breeds and small dogs (up to 20 pounds), opt for a miniature or “ toy” crate. These crates are often used for puppies since they can double as an acclimation tool and help reduce separation anxiety.

- For medium-sized dogs (21-50 pounds), choose a medium or “ intermediate” crate. These crates provide more room than a toy crate but aren’t so large that your dog will feel like he has free reign of the house.

- For large dogs (51+ pounds), go with a large or “giant” size crate. These crates are ideal for dogs who need plenty of space to move around, such as those with long legs or a lot of energy.

Where to Put a Dog Crate

1. The crate should be placed in a quiet, out-of-the-way spot in your home.

2. It should be big enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in, but not so big that they can use one end as a bathroom.

3. If possible, place the crate near where you spend time so your dog doesn't feel isolated. For example, next to your chair in the living room.

4. Avoid placing the crate in a stuffy room or in direct sunlight.

5. If you have more than one dog, each dog should have their own crate to avoid littermate syndrome

When it comes to finding the perfect spot for your dog's crate, there are a few things to keep in mind. The most important factor is making sure that the crate is in a safe location where your dog cannot escape or injure themselves. A crate is another way to supervise a dog until it is trained and you can trust it. 

Another thing to consider is finding a location that is comfortable for both you and your dog. You don't want the crate to be in a place where it will be in the way or make noise when your dog moves around inside of it. 

The best way to determine where to put your dog's crate is to simply ask them! If they seem hesitant or uncomfortable in a certain area, try another spot. With a little trial and error, you'll find the perfect place for your furry friend's new home.

What Kind of Dog Crate to Buy

There are a few different types of dog crates to choose from, and the best one for you will depend on your dog's specific needs. If you have a small dog, for example, then you may not need a very large or sturdy crate. On the other hand, if you have a large or strong dog, you'll want to make sure you choose a crate that can accommodate them.

Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a dog crate:

Type: There are two main types of crates: wire and plastic. Wire crates are usually more affordable and offer better ventilation, but they're not as durable as plastic crates. Plastic crates are more expensive but they're more durable and offer more privacy for your dog.

Features: Some crates come with extra features like a removable divider (which can be useful if you have a puppy because you can purchase a crate large enough for the dog's final size, and use the divider to make it smaller when they are a puppy), a built-in bed, or wheels for easy transport. Decide which features are most important to you and choose accordingly.

Price: Dog crates can range in price from $30-$200+. Again, it all depends on your needs. If you just need a basic crate for occasional use, then you won't need to spend as much as someone who needs an indestructible crate for their escape artist of a pooch.


In conclusion, having the right dog crate is important for your pup's safety and wellbeing. There are many different options out there that may fit your needs, depending on the size of your space and budget. As long as you ensure that it has ample ventilation, is made of a safe material and keeps your pup comfortable, then you have all you need to give them a secure place to call home. With the right crate in place, they can enjoy their privacy while also being with their owners and other pets!

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