Why Crate Train Puppy Dog and What Size Pet Cage Should I Buy For Australian Breeds?

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Why use a dog crate?

By providing a crate and good crate training, your puppy will see the crate as their home. They will keep going back to the crate for some quiet and relaxing time. We at PetJoint also recommend covering the crate with a cover to give your pet a sense of safe and secure place when they are tired or scared.

Crating your dog will keep them safe when you cannot supervise them

By crating your puppy for short duration of time, they will learn bladder and bowel control. They will learn to ‘hold it’ as long as they can while in there. So, after their stay in the crate, it is important to take them outside for potty training.

What size crate should I buy for my puppy?

When training your puppy dog, make sure the crate you buy is large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and lie down. If the crate is too big then it takes harder to train your pet. Since puppies have a natural instinct of not spoiling their sleeping area, if you get a crate that’s too big, he’ll use one half as a bed and the other half as a bathroom. This will ruin the whole purpose of potty training. Buying the right size crate will make your pet feel safe and secured.

Should I start with a small crate and buy a bigger crate as my pet grows?

No. We at PetJoint would recommend buying only one right size crate but with a Divider. Dividers are temporary and removable metal wire panels that you can insert into the crate to adjust the area available to your puppy. With a crate divider you can section off the crate, so your dog’s area in the crate starts out small and gets bigger as he grows.

How to measure a dog for a crate?

Measure you dog when they are standing on their four legs, from their nose to the base of their tail (Not to the tip of the tail as it would make the crate too big). Add 5-10cm to this measurement and you will have the perfect length of the crate.

Now measure the height while your dog is in seating position. Add 5-10cm to this measurement and you will have the perfect height of the crate.

Please note that these measurements are only valid if your dog is fully grown. If not, see our recommended crate sizes for different breeds.

Should I cover the dog crate?

We recommend covering the dog crate with a cover or a blanket. Cover makes the dog feel safe and secure in the crate. Make sure you leave little opening to make sure you pet doesn’t get suffocated inside.


Dog Crate Sizes: Popular Australian Dog Breeds

Recommended Breeds for 24" Crate

Border Terrier, Boston Terrier, Jack Russel Terrier, Miniature Dachshund, Maltese, Miniature Pooldle, Tibetan Spaniel, Yorkshire Terrier and other dogs of a similar size and dogs 5 to 12 Kgs


Recommended Breeds for 30" Crate

American Pit Bull, Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund, French Bulldog, King Charles Spaniel, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature Schnauzer, Shetland Sheepdog, Welsh Terrier and other dogs of a similar size and dogs 12 to 18 Kgs


Recommended Breeds for 36" Crate

Basset Hound, Belgian Sheepdog, Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Chinese Shar-Pei, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Harrier, Schnauzer, Welsh Corgi and other dogs of a simliar size and dogs 18 to 32 kgs


Recommended Breeds for 42" Crate

Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Boxer, Chow-Chow, Dalmation, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever, Siberian Husky, Poodle and other dogs of a similar size and dogs 32 to 40kgs


Recommended Breeds for 48" Crate

Alaskan malamute, collie, German shepherd, giant schnauzer, greyhound, bloodhound and other dog breeds of similar size dogs 40 to 48kgs


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