Monday, July 09, 2007

Keeshond - The Puppy Crate

Crate Training Puppy

Shopping for your new puppy will depend on what you already have at home. The first thing to consider is a crate. This is a place where you can keep your puppy when your are busy and don't have time to watch him/her, and place where the puppy can sleep at night or take a nap. It is not to be used a punishment or as a place to keep the puppy all the time. The more puppy proofed your house is, the less time your puppy will have to spend in the crate.

We prefer and recommend a wire crate over the all plastic crates. Plastic crates are meant to be used as airline carriers. They are too warm for Keeshonden and are difficult to clean. In addition to poor ventilation plastic crates do not provide a chance for the dog to see out from all sides. The size for a Keeshond can vary slightly depending on whether your puppy is boy or a girl and size at maturity. Generally speaking the crate should be about 21 to 22 inches high, 18 inches wide and 30 inches long. A few inches either way won't make much difference. Most crates fold down easily for storage and for carrying in the car. Make sure to get the kind with the slide out tray as they are much easier to clean. Add a small stainless steel bucket with a double headed snap and 2 quart stainless steel feeding dish and your puppy will be all set for naps and night time.

Crates can be purchased at your local Petsmart, or Pet Supply dealer or you can order them on-line from one of the dog catalogs like,,, or

Next time we will talk about toys and treats.

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