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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-21-2007, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Question How big should the crate be?

Duncan is 10 lbs already and when he lays down in the crate he just barely can stretch his body out.I see that when he's on the couch,he doesn't curl up,he prefers to lay out straight.Should I get him a bigger crate???don't ask dimensions, I have to go measure it,LOL!!

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Biscuit is 14lbs, at 10 mos., and I have never bought the theory that the crate is supposed to be super-tight, with just enough room to lie down and turn around in. And he has never once soiled his crate. Once he was reliably house-trained, I've bought larger crates in which he can stretch out, and even more important, sit up straight in. For awhile I had one in which he was slumped over! I felt terrible when I realized it. As long as Duncan is house-broken in his crate, I see no reason not to try a crate with more space.The new wicker-like "pet residence" crate I just bought is for dogs up to 40lbs, LOL, but it really isn't too big for him at all.

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I probably have too big of a crate for my girls. I only use it when we are at shows and training though. So I feel better with them having more room and if they don't want to touch each other they don't have to. I should probably use 2 small crates but they sleep next to each other in bed so I think this is more comfy! They can both fold out their bodies and we have room to put food dishes in if needed, etc. I guess they are both potty trained so I don't use it for that...


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Hi Dot:

You might also want to consider Duncan's height (or what you think his final height might be - from floor to top of his head) to make sure he doesn't feel "scrunched" down into his crate. Both my Havs are tall

Not all manufacturers have the same proportions (length to width to height), so you might need to look around to find one that works well for your dog.
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Well Radar has only gone pee in his Crate once and that was because we screwed up and gave him too much water one night and he had a really late bed time so that was that. I think that a larger crate or doggy type house would be pretty good for him later on when he's more reliable.

I would love to build something for him when My Wife and I are in a house and we have the yard for it. Something that Radar can run into and hang out when he wants to. Perhaps a little sleep area and eating section all nicely done up. No Potty area of course but perhaps a little door out the back leading to an attached potty area so he won't have to see or smell it.

I would get something larger and perhaps section it off so there's enough room to lounge but not enough to go potty in. Keep an eye for signs that it may be too large and then adjust accordingly.

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