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Choosing and Using the Right Crate for Your Canine

As a lifelong owner and lover of dogs, my experience has been that using a crate for training, behavior modification and safety may be a successful means for achieving your goals.
Reasons for this success include but are not limited to the fact that dogs naturally live in dens, they like and need a place of their own that offers safety and comfort and last but not least, if your dog is in a crate he or she will not be exhibiting unwanted behavioral problems.
Now that you have your puppy and are ready to start crating, be sure to choose the crate, kennel or pen that meets your needs and those of your dog.
Keep in mind that the purpose of a crate is to provide safety and comfort when you are away for a short time or he or she cannot be supervised.
Your dog should be able to lay down, stand up and turn around comfortably.
If the kennel or crate is too big your pet may be able to eliminate in one end and sleep in the other end, creating a bad habit.
With that said, when making the purchase it is still best to keep the adult size of your dog in mind (a large dog = a large crate) using a divider to make it puppy size and adjusting with growth.
There are several types of crates and kennels on the market today.
Plastic crates and wire crates and kennels are probably the most common, each having different advantages.
Plastic crates are strong and sturdy while wire crates allow your dog to see what is happening outside his or her den.
Each can be moved fairly easily.
Which leads to the last issue and that is placement of your crate or kennel.
This will vary according to individual circumstances.
A very young dog may need to be close to you at night.
This will relieve stress in your puppy and you will be able to hear him or her in case an outside trip is needed whereas an older dog crated in the day while you are out will feel safe and secure in an area that has low light and is quiet.
There are also times when you may want or need to crate your dog when you are at home.
In this case, it may be less stressful if you can be seen by him or her.
These are just a few suggestions for choosing and using crates to help nurture a happy and healthy canine friend.

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