How to Pick the Right Dog Crate for Your Puppy

As much as you love snuggling your puppy and playing with them on the floor and out in the yard, your puppy also craves rest and structure. And because they’re still learning about the big, often scary world around them, they might need an enclosure of some sort—in other words, a crate.

Many people scoff at crates, thinking that they don’t need them or don’t want them, or that somehow crate training a puppy is cruel. But that’s not true at all, especially if you make sure that your crate is a comfortable space that allows your puppy to feel safe but gives them enough room to move around.

Plus, it gives your puppy a place where they can retreat, where they can rest their body and their mind from everything that they’re learning about the world around them.

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How to Pick the Right Dog Crate?

What guidelines should you use to pick an appropriate crate, and how can you use it as a training tool for your puppy? This graphic explains it.

How to Pick the Right Dog Crate for Your Puppy


We would like to thank the good people at for the use of their infographic.

See also:
Crate Training 101



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