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right sized crate??

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My puppy is coming in a few days and Im wondering about crates. What kind do you use - the plastic encased kind or the open wire cage kind? And how big do you think it should be for a 6 lb puppy? I have a 3X3 playpen already and a fairly small Vari kennel for sleeping - is this good enough? Should I get one of thes larger open crates that I can put a sheet over? Help! Sorry for all the many questions!
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Congrats on your new puppy! Our pup hates the metal crates. We got a soft, Natures Miracle crate for her to sleep in and she loved it. Since about the third night home, she had slept through the night. I like that I can fold it and pack it since we travel a lot!
She sleeps at home in the medium size stuffed with towels since it's a tad big. We use the small size for travel with her favorite blankets

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Kodi hated wire crates too, so we used plastic ones for him, and just kept with it for the girls. We started with small plastic crates for Kodi, but he was well trained by his breeder (as were the other two) so we NEVER had a problem with accidents in the crates. So I didn't even start Panda in a little crate. She went straight into the one she uses now as an adult.

The advantage of wire crates is that many come with a divider, so if you DO have a puppy who is likely to soil a larger crate, you can make the space smaller until they grow.
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Kosmo has Natures Miracle as well, and he has tried to chew on the inside, so be sure billy stick, nylabone and squirrels in log toy are inside with your puppy. Watch and see because pulling away plastic bits and swallowing is a big no no. At few months zippers have to be secured with clips because they can be scratched down and puppy escapes.
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WE get our guy in June, but im preparing... Ill have to look up Natures Miracle crates. Thanks for the advice in this post. While inquiring about puppy training at Petsmart, we ended up buying the Petsmart's "The Puppy Guide" . Its loaded with $250 dollars in coupons that pays for itself. We need everything !!! He's the silver sable.
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Ricky prefers a metal wire crate. In my opinion they offer better airflow than plastic. Also, we have a better view of Ricky, and he us, with a wire crate. Our groomer uses wire metal crates and therefore Ricky feels "at home" when he goes for his twice weekly grooming while waiting his turn. The metal crate we use (Top Paw small size) folds flat for easy transportation. At home he only uses his crate for sleeping at night (or when we need to leave him home alone for short periods of time) and we cover it to make a doggie cave for him


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Kosmo has Natures Miracle as well, and he has tried to chew on the inside, so be sure billy stick, nylabone and squirrels in log toy are inside with your puppy. Watch and see because pulling away plastic bits and swallowing is a big no no. At few months zippers have to be secured with clips because they can be scratched down and puppy escapes.
No softsided crate should be used unsupervised as a method of containment until/unless the dog is COMPLETELY crate trained, and fully adult so they aren't looking for unexpected "entertainment". My dogs are all well behaved in soft sided, collapsible crates at trials and classes, because I've put a tremendous amount of time into training them for that. I would still NEVER use a soft sided crate for confinement when I wan't nearby or over night.

My guys have hard crates in the car and truck, wire crates (completely covered except the front, so that Kodi doesn't complain ) in the RV and solid cratesn the house. Plastic ones in the bed room, and my new "fancy" ones in the dining room. I'm trying to resist buying the fancy ones for the bed room room. I think I'll resist for a year or so, but they really are MUCH prettier!
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Congrats on your new puppy! Our pup hates the metal crates. We got a soft, Natures Miracle crate for her to sleep in and she loved it. Since about the third night home, she had slept through the night. I like that I can fold it and pack it since we travel a lot!
She sleeps at home in the medium size stuffed with towels since it's a tad big. We use the small size for travel with her favorite blankets
A sof sided crate like that is not a good idea for a puppy. I missed that that was what the NM crate was. She may be fine in it as an infant, but you're taking a big chance on it during adolescence. And the problem is, if she manages to get out once, it will never be a safe form of containment again.
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We figure that crate isn't a long term thing, but she goes right to sleep in it at night. She sleeps through the night and that's the only tine we use that crate. When she's older we will find a long term solution.
What's a good travel crate? We fly to the west coast frequently.

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I use the Delta Airlines one marketed by the AKC. It straps into car as well. Sometimes it is listed as a Delta Sherpa.

I will get a metal crate for Kosmo, as discussed. I knew the light weight one was short term.

Also, stuffing kong toy with food is an excellent way to pacify puppy while in the crate. I stuff with freeze dried raw food by Instinct.
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