1)   Is the crate for a puppy or grown dog?

Puppies are busy little creatures that seem to want to chew on everything in sight. A close eye needs to be kept on them if selecting a soft sided crate. Crate training should not be rushed and puppies should not be left unattended for prolonged periods as they could become agitated and scratch and rip the mesh panels of the soft sided crate. Make plenty of toys and treats available to a teething puppy when they are in their crate, to reduce the risk that they might chew on the crate itself.


Collapsible fabric crates work well with dogs that have been crated. Soft-sided crates are not suitable for dogs that get nervous or aggressive when confined or that digs or chew.


2)   The size and weight of the pet when fully grown

The size and weight when your dog is fully grown is a main consideration when selecting a suitable crate.


If you are unsure about how big the puppy will grow, see if you can find out how you’re your puppies parents are. If you are buying a crate for an adult dog measure from the top of the nose to the root of the tail and from the ground to the highest point of the dog. Then add an additional 7cm. Your dog should be able to stand and turn comfortably in the crate without being hunched over.

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