Jun 10 , 2020
A Sturdy Crate
Investing in a crate the right size for your puppy is one of the smartest moves you can make. That’s because a crate meets the emotional and physical needs of a young puppy, says Dawn Hoover, DVM, who practices veterinary medicine through Veterinary Relief Services. “This space can give the puppy a safe haven, and also comes in handy when potty training,” she says. “Find one large enough for them to turn around and lay down in, but no larger.” Adds Lauren Robinson, DVM, with Alabama-based Grayson Valley Pet Clinic: “Dogs don’t like to lay in their urine or feces and will often hold it. Make it too big for them, and you risk the puppy going to the back to do their business.”
Not sure what size puppy you’re about to bring home? Look for a crate with dividers so you can adjust the interior spacing to accommodate the size of your growing dog. This folding metal dog crate from MidWest Homes for Pets comes in seven sizes, each with dividers, making them ideal for tiny breeds like Chihuahuas all the way up to larger-sized dogs like Labrador Retrievers. Just make sure you don’t make these puppy training mistakes you’ll regret later.
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