09. What size/type of crate?

posted Oct 17, 2011, 7:59 AM by Alder Brittanys   [ updated Oct 19, 2011, 10:07 AM ]
What type?
     We find plastic crates create a more "den-like" environment and give our dogs a better sense of security.  Good plastic crates are also harder for a determined dog to break out of and don't pose a risk of your dog's collar hanging up on the metal bars.  They can be hosed out and disinfected when needed. 
 
What size?
     Don't buy a huge crate thinking more room will make your dog more comfortable.  The opposite is true.  Your dog should have just enough room to stand up and turn around.
     For an adult Brittany, we use a medium (also known as "intermediate" or "300" size) plastic crate.  http://www.amazon.com/Petmate-Kennel-Fashion-Medium-Bleached/dp/B000MLG484/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1318856629&sr=8-2  This crate is too big for a puppy, though, giving him room to go to the bathroom in one end and sleep in the other. 
     We use a small plastic crate for our puppies - about the size of a large cat carrier.  Find the cheapest one you can (we paid $15 at our discount grocery store) as he'll only be in it for 3-4 weeks.
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