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crate too small?

Lucky (12 weeks now) loves to stretch out on his back when he sleeps (please see photo below). It's pretty cute/funny but it also makes us wonder how long that new purple crate will last. Is this a good fit or getting small? Your advice most welcome. thanks.
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Cute purple color. The crate looks comfy for now. Sergio sleeps like that too on his back. But he alao looks comfy curled up in a ball. They can probably adjust their sleeping positions to the size of the crate.
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Yeah, I think you'll be replacing that one pretty soon. Lucky is a big boy!

I made the same mistake and bought a too small crate for Kodi to start with, not realizing how FAST puppies grow. The good thing was that by the time I needed a new one, there was no longer any danger of him soiling his crate, so I got a REALLY big one (bigger than necessary) that would last him the rest of his life.


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I'm thinking Charley needs a new crate pretty soon too. Right now he has a Vari Kennel and he really seems to love it. I'm wondering, are their any advantages to getting the open sort of crate. By the way, Karen, how big is big??

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I just bought Timmy a new crate. He was in my cat's plastic crate which was definitely too small. I decided in a 24 x 18 size, I'm assuming that's what you have? I guess it depends on how your dog sleeps. Timmy only uses his at night, so this size is perfect. I've been leaving Timmy gated in the family room lately when I have to leave, it's worked out great. If I was going to use a crate during the day for confinement I would have selected a larger one.

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That's a good point (about using it for sleeping vs. confinement). Lucky loves the crate at night and if he's exhausted during the day, he finds it and sleeps in it with the door open, but if we're out, he's in his xpen with room to move around-so I guess this will last a good while. Anyone have experience with covering the crate? We never do, thinking it important for him to learn to sleep through whatever, but I've wondered at night or in the car if that wouldn't be warm and comforting. But would I do it EVERY night? Or what? Grateful for your thoughts on the cover the crate thing. Thanks.

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I'm thinking Charley needs a new crate pretty soon too. Right now he has a Vari Kennel and he really seems to love it. I'm wondering, are their any advantages to getting the open sort of crate. By the way, Karen, how big is big??
His is 30"Lx21"Wx23"H... ridiculously big for him, but we have room for it, he likes it! It is attached to the side of his ex-pen, so when he is in his "room" while we are out, he really has a lot of room to move around.


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That's a good point (about using it for sleeping vs. confinement). Lucky loves the crate at night and if he's exhausted during the day, he finds it and sleeps in it with the door open, but if we're out, he's in his xpen with room to move around-so I guess this will last a good while. Anyone have experience with covering the crate? We never do, thinking it important for him to learn to sleep through whatever, but I've wondered at night or in the car if that wouldn't be warm and comforting. But would I do it EVERY night? Or what? Grateful for your thoughts on the cover the crate thing. Thanks.
We keep a lightweight table cloth over Kodi's wire crate all the time. It just makes it a little cozier and den-like. When I'm at a show, depending on what's going on around him, I sometimes have to drape a cloth over the wire front of Kodi's plastic Kennel. It's not a problem if he has a relatively quiet corner for his crate, but he feels more secure with the cloth if there are lots of dogs walking back and forth right in front of his crate.


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Timmy's new crate is wire. My cat slept on top of Timmy's plastic crate so I do have a folded towel onto of the wire one in case she continues to want to sleep up there. She did actually sleep up there last night for the first time since I started using it a few days ago. I thought about covering it since his plastic crate seemed to have more privacy but he is doing fine with his sides open. I think the more exposure a dog has to day to day noises the better off he is. I was told the same thing with my kids when they were babies, don't whisper or not use the vacuum when they're sleeping you're only creating a monster. This concept worked for my kids so I'm under the assumption that it's good to acclimate you dog to the everyday chaos as well.

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Timmy's new crate is wire. My cat slept on top of Timmy's plastic crate so I do have a folded towel onto of the wire one in case she continues to want to sleep up there. She did actually sleep up there last night for the first time since I started using it a few days ago. I thought about covering it since his plastic crate seemed to have more privacy but he is doing fine with his sides open. I think the more exposure a dog has to day to day noises the better off he is. I was told the same thing with my kids when they were babies, don't whisper or not use the vacuum when they're sleeping you're only creating a monster. This concept worked for my kids so I'm under the assumption that it's good to acclimate you dog to the everyday chaos as well.
I don't think a light cloth (or even a blanket) does much to muffle noise though. I think that a dog DOES need to have a cozy, private space, and covering the crate provides that for them. I am SURE Lodi would tolerate it if the crate wasn't covered... I doubt you would ever "notice" that he liked it less that way. But I also know that out of all the comfy places available to him during the day, his favorite is is plastic crate in my office, which is much more enclosed, even than a wire crate with a cloth over it.


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