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When we got Denver we got a 24" crate based on all the recommendations here... lately he's been whining in his kennel and when we let him out he does these HUGE stretches (Yeah, I know most dogs stretch after getting out, but he seems to stretch a lot more than that... which, btw, when he stretches he is SO cute because he kneads his paws like a cat.. it's like a happy stretchy dance)...

So I measured him when he's laying down - his preferred sleeping position is either flat out with legs behind him.. or on his back all stretched out. When measuring him in this prone position, he's 27" and a bit.

Would you get a larger crate in this situation? I have a 48" crate in the storage room from our last dog, but that seems like it would be HUGE for him... so what would you do? (He will always be sleeping in his crate...we have a "no animals on the bed" policy as per the hubby.. and he's slept through the night since we got him until the last few weeks when it's been iffy). Or is he just being a cranky teenager that wakes up in the middle of the night and wants to go party.
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When Cassie was a crate sleeper (until about ten months when she elected to become a bed sleeper through good behavior), I did go from a 24 inch to a 33 or 36 because she also liked to sleep stretched out really long (except when she curled into a ball) and I just started feeling uncomfortable about her being too tight. But I never used the crate for potty training as many people do and where keeping small is important. Her crate was next to my bed at night and I always knew when she needed to have a bathroom break, so crate size when we enlarged (around 7 months I think) was not related to potty training size dimensions. When she was left alone, it was in a small bathroom with potty pad and bed etc, and an escape proof gate (had to work to find that,)

So I guess it depends on where you are on potty training if that is how you use it and whether enlarging for sleeping position preferences would impact that. 48 inches does sound too large, but 33-36 might work
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My two who sleep in crates have pretty big crates. (actually, Kodi's is PALATIAL... a hand-me-down from a friend's ACD/GSD cross!) Pixel would probably be perfectly happier in something one size down, because she is a circled-up-cat sleeper. Kodi is a sprawl-all-out sleeper. So he actually USES most of his big crate! And we have the room for it, so...

When they are potty training, it's important that the crate be small enough that they can't eliminate in one part and sleep in another part. Once they are fully reliable in their crate, it really doesn't matter how big it is.

(oh and so you don't think we discriminate... Kodi PREFERS to sleep in his rate. Pixel has to sleep in her crate because she also ACTS like a cat at night... walking all over our faces, and making sure we get as little sleep as possible. Panda gets bed privileges because she LOVES sleeping with us and is the "perfect bed dog". She lies down in the hollow in the blankets between our legs, stretches out on her back, little paws tucked on her chest, nose stretched out, and sleeps in that position all.night.long. I need to pick her up and GET her out of bed in the morning. LOL!


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I would love Denver to sleep in bed with us but hubby says no. LOL!

Okay, his reliability is tricky. He has never eliminated in the crate. However, we are back to potty training 101 as heís started marking and really amped it up in the past week. So maybe Iíll just keep him in the 24 until that gets nailed down better. Move him up later since I certainly donít want him to start!!

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I would love Denver to sleep in bed with us but hubby says no. LOL!

Okay, his reliability is tricky. He has never eliminated in the crate. However, we are back to potty training 101 as he’s started marking and really amped it up in the past week. So maybe I’ll just keep him in the 24 until that gets nailed down better. Move him up later since I certainly don’t want him to start!!
I would. I will admit I initially let him in the bed because it was easier training. If he’s not reliable I wouldn’t ruin your crate setup for potty training.
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I would love Denver to sleep in bed with us but hubby says no. LOL!

Okay, his reliability is tricky. He has never eliminated in the crate. However, we are back to potty training 101 as heís started marking and really amped it up in the past week. So maybe Iíll just keep him in the 24 until that gets nailed down better. Move him up later since I certainly donít want him to start!!
Yes, itís unlikely that heíd mark in his crate, but why take a chance!
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Our Duke is tiny (3 pounds) and everyone told us to get him a small crate but we are puppy pad training him so we decided to get him a bigger crate with his bed in the back and a puppy pad in the front. We've had no issues with it at all and he really seems to like the extra space. We have a few toys in there when he goes to sleep at night and when he wakes up in the morning there is a small spot where he's pottied on the pad. So the bigger crate seems to be working really well for him and us. We have it attached to a X-pen since he's not allowed to roam all over the house. He plays in the pen during the day (where we also have potty pads in the corner) and goes to sleep in his open crate whenever he's tired. We let him out and play with him of course, but this area is his space.
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