The right size dog crate or kennel can be a huge benefit to your dog. We go to our local pet store where Jimi gives us a run through of the different types of crates you can buy, which is best, and how to size it perfectly to your dog. We also learn the importance of selecting the right size crate or kennel for your dog.


  1. Dog beds or bedding is not needed. To a new dog it can induce bad habits such as chewing. Once your dog is well trained, then soft bedding can be considered (although not necessary).
  2. Dogs need their privacy. No wire crates that are completely see-through. Plastic creates provide more privacy, they are lighter, and often cheaper!
  3. Craigslist can be a great place to find crates at low prices.
  4. Size the crate to your dog’s size. Most owners buy crates that are far too large. The dog should be able to stand up in the crate and turn around, but they should not have much more room than this. Remember we are trying to give the dog a small, safe place to relax that resembles a den, not a play pen.

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