How to Choose a Dog Crate for Your Pup

We all love our canine friends and want them to be comfortable both in and out of our homes. Giving them special homes of their own is one of the keys to this comfort. When we buy a dog crate, we want to be sure we are giving our pets the best, and before we can do this, we need to know a few things.

What Size Is Your Dog?

You can’t start looking for a crate until you know what size you need. Your first steps are to take the height, length, and weight of your dog. To find the height, measure from the shoulder to the floor, and for length, find out the distance from nose to tail.

One thing to note is that if your dog is not full grown, you could be letting yourself in for multiple purchases. If you would rather buy one crate, instead of measuring do some research to find out the average size of the adults in your puppy’s breed. Purchase based on this calculation.

Another point to consider is that your cage must accommodate not only your dog but also whatever you choose to put with it. Toys, dishes, and especially cushions might require you to increase your measurements in order to keep your dog comfortable.

What Are Your Dog’s Needs?

Crates are generally metal, plastic, soft-sided, or wooden. The kind of crate you buy will depend first on the strength of your dog. Of course, you don’t want to buy a crate that he or she will destroy in a matter of minutes or hours, so you need to consider the different materials available and their advantages and disadvantages. Metal crates, for example, are unbelievably strong if made well, but they are pathetically weak if not.

You also need to look at your puppy’s individual personality and issues. If your puppy suffers from separation anxiety, for example, you will want to go with a plastic crate which keeps it from seeing too much. Should you plan for your puppy to stay outside, you will need a wooden crate to protect it from the elements. Then, too, if you want to crate train your dog, you will be happier with a metal option as they are easier to clean.

However, it is possible that no one particular kind will seem to suit your pet, in which case you might need to get creative. If you want the strength of the metal but the emotional security of the plastic, for example, you can try covering a metal crate with blankets.

What About Very Small and Very Large Dogs?

For the miniatures of the dog world, you will need to be extra careful. Although these dogs will not have the strength of bigger dogs, there are peculiarities to which you must pay attention. For instance, small mouths can get into small gaps and chew, so make sure the doors of your crate are particularly secure. Likewise, if you are crate training, it is especially tricky to get a crate the right size for a small dog. You want to choose one big enough for it to be comfortable but small enough to prevent its sectioning it off for doing its business and resting.

Similarly, for large dogs, you want a crate that will keep them comfortable but will not give them room to run around. A crate is a resting place, not a play yard. Wooden crates are often suitable for exceptionally large dogs outside, while metal ones may work best inside.

There are a number of factors in choosing a suitable dog crate for your pet, but the best judgments will come from knowing your animal well. There is no crate perfect for all dogs, but there is one just right for yours.

Take Heed: Keep Your Puppy Away From Air Compressors

When any family gets a puppy it is always a big thing. They are another member of the family and they have to be taken care of just like anyone else. They are essentially another child and they need to be treated just like one. Puppies are curious and rambunctious and they have the slightest cares in the world. They only want to be loved and they want to roam their surroundings and they definitely want to be where their masters are. For the hard working man in the family who likes to do work in the garage, when it comes to having a puppy you always want to make sure that you keep the puppy away from any air compressors. The following is a small look at why you should always keep a puppy away from any air compressor.

All air compressors have a hose that extends from them. This allows for a person to be able to put air in what ever they are trying to pump up. This compressed air also helps for powering certain power tools as well. There are times when the hose will whip around with the air compressor on because of the built up pressure in the hose. If a puppy is standing near the compressor, the hose can whip and hit them. These hoses usually have metal attachments on them plus they could have things such as an air chuck still attached to it. This could whip and hit the puppy injure it pretty badly. The tools could be hard to take off the hose and accidentally pop off and hit the puppy as well.

Some people have air compressors that could have unsteady bases on them. If a puppy is curiously playing around the air compressor and decides to jump on it, the air compressor could tip over and fall on them. Even a small air compressor could have enough weight to it that if it fell on the puppy it could seriously hurt it and in very worse cases could turn out to be fatal.

Air compressors are big and they have compressed air in them. Any kind of malfunction in the compressor could mean very bad things, not just for a puppy but for any humans. The best thing to do is be vigilant in making sure that a puppy is no where near an air compressor when it is operating or even when it is not operating. Accidents can happen at any minute and they can happen so fast that there would not be any time to prevent a disaster. The best advice is to take heed and to simply keep your puppy away from air compressors. This way you will not have to worry about any accidents happening at all.