Choosing a Dog Crate
The first step when starting to crate train your puppy is choosing a suitable crate size. When thinking about how to pick a dog crate size and design, it is important to select one that is durable, comfortable and flexible to allow your pet room to grow and develop; consider the needs of your dog both now and as they grow. For instance, a larger dog will obviously need a roomier crate, but be careful not to buy a crate that will always prove too big in size for your puppy, as dogs like to retreat to smaller, enclosed spaces to feel secure. As a guide, your dog should be able to stand up, turn around and lay stretched out on their side when in their crate.