What Size Dog Crate For A Labrador Puppy?
The question of how much space do I need for my new puppy? Is it too small or too big? How long will he grow up in there? Are they safe to leave him alone with other dogs and cats at night time?
Can I put him in a regular dog crate or are they too small for him to fit inside one properly. These are some of the questions that many people have when choosing their puppy’s home.
It is true that puppies need a lot of room.
But what size dog crate is right for them?
Labradors are known for being very social animals. They like to interact with other dogs and cats as well as humans. So, if you want your puppy to get along with others, then he needs a large enough area where he can run around freely without getting into trouble. If you want him to stay quiet during the day, then you must choose a smaller sized crate so that he doesn’t feel uncomfortable while sleeping in it.
First of all, you should measure your puppy.
How big is he going to get? Will the regular size crates be enough for him or do you need something bigger?
There are dog crates for different size dogs. Pick the one that will fit your puppy when he is fully grown but not too large for him to stand and turn around in.
If you get a regular crate then you must remember to make the best use of the space inside it. This means getting a crate divider. By using the divider, you can make the crate smaller for the puppy’s growing age. Then after he is fully grown, you can remove it and have more space for him.
So, how long does it take for your lab to grow out of his crate?
Most dogs are fully grown after a year but some can take up to two years. Thankfully, your lab is a medium sized dog so you don’t need to get something that can carry him for more than two years.
What size dog crate do you need?
If you get the right size, then he should have plenty of room to stand up and turn around without any problems. But, if you get a crate that is too large for him, then he will not be able to feel comfortable in it.
So the question is how much space does he actually needs?
The average dog crate size for a labrador is around 42 inches. That is not counting the tail but it is measured from the dog’s nose to his private area. Of course this can differ from one dog to another since they are not all the same size. But if you get a crate that is around this range then you should have the right size for your puppy.
You can also measure your dog’s size if you don’t want to guess. All you have to do is follow these instructions:
First, measure your dog from his nose to his tail. Then add an extra two inches to this length. This will give you a good idea of the size crate you should get for him. Also, remember that there must be some space left so that he can turn around in there.
If you are getting a crate divider, then you can adjust the size of his living space according to his age.
Where should you put it?
Where you place the dog crate is very important. You need to pick a location that is mostly private so that your dog can sleep or relax in peace.
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