Picking out what size crate is always hard. But we have some recommendations to go by that help. We always recommend going one size bigger with your crate than what the company recommends. This is because these companies size the crates to allow the dog to turn around and lay down, but no extra room at all. We instead want you to buy a crate that has a divider and is oversized because the divider makes it so you will only allow the puppy to have a space where they can turn around and lay down, but you can adjust the size as the puppy grows. But, once the puppy is fully potty trained, there is still a period of time where they still need to be in their crates for their own safety when their family is not at home. We don't want a puppy getting into something they shouldn't and hurt themselves. I prefer at this stage for the puppy to have extra space though to spread out if needed.
Wire crates are also very easy to clean and disinfect. Plus have very good ventilation.
For our Petite Puppies we would recommend the Medium Sized Crate:
Travel Crates are great to use on trips, as they are more vehicle friendly and don't scratch your vehicle. They also fold down nicely (Wire crates fold down too, but not as flexible and vehicle friendly)
For our Petite Puppies:
For our Mini and Medium Puppies:
Are you short on room in your house and want to have your crates be dual purpose? These are a great way to have an end table and crate in one. I don't recommend these (unless you get one with a divider), until they are fully potty trained, but great for people without a lot of space in their house.
What you need to have before your puppy comes home
These crate beds will fit the above crates and are a great thing to use in the crates. They will fit under the crate divider, so you can buy it full size, then use the blanket that we send home with the puppies on the side of the crate that is divided (over top of the crate bed).
For 36 inch Crate:
Midwest Homes for Pets Maxx Bed
For 42 inch Crate:
Regular Dog Beds:
My dogs love their orthopedic beds
Kuranda Dog Beds are by far my favourite for durability and the dogs love them, especially in the summer when it is warmer. They can be used indoor or just having one in your yard outside for when you are in the backyard with your dog. They come in a variety of colours and sizes.
A large (40x25) almond, ballistic nylon example:
Cleaning up after your puppy:
It is important to always have poop bags around when you go on walks and in your yard to clean up after our dogs. This minimizes the spread of parasites and also is just a nice thing to do!
Cleaning up after accidents:
When our puppies have accidents in the house it is important to clean up afterwards with a good deodorizer and disinfectant. This way they are less likely to keep pottying in that spot due to odor remaining there.
Products We Recommend
Stainless Steel Bowls
We highly recommend getting stainless steel bowls. They are easy to clean and safer than many of the plastic alternatives.
For a dog that eats to fast, these slow feed bowls are a nice alternative as well.
I get questions all the time about what products we recommend and what families need to purchase for their puppies, so we decided to compile a list for all our puppy families all in one place.
Cameras and Monitoring
We like to be able to keep an eye on our dogs when we are out of the house or even just on the other side of the house. This is really important for us when we have puppies to have them monitored consistently, but also nice with the adult dogs if they can't come with us when we go somewhere for a couple hours. It give us peace of mind and that is worth it for these items.