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Old 02-21-2013, 09:32 AM
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What size crate to get

When I got my puppy, I purchased this used medium sized (36 inch) crate off Craigslist, thinking that a larger crate would make the puppy happier. However, we have caught her peeing in her bed a couple of times and hence blocked off more than half of the crate using a piece of cardboard. It was fine for a week or so, then out of nowhere she decided to start chewing on the cardboard. I am not in the search of a new smaller crate for her.

Some info on my puppy. She is a pekingese/shih tzu mix and currently a little over 5 lbs at 4 months. I am thinking of getting a 24 incher, but from googling, people are suggesting a 30 incher for a full grown pekingese. Any ideas?
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I always recommend getting the size that your puppy will fit as a dog, and sizing it appropriately within. Since she's chewing the cardboard, try Bitterspray on it maybe, or use a different material when you get the new crate. She should only have enough room to stand up and turn around to prevent peeing in her crate.

So definitely, go with the recommended size from others, and assume she'll be as big as her bigger parent, just in case. It's hard to tell with mixed breeds, and even purebred dogs!
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I also get the size the dog will fit in full grown. Puppies have accidents even if they have to lay in it. Being consistent on taking the puppy out on a schedule is what helps teach them how to hold it. Act like nothing has happened when she does have an accident. Clean it up and carry on with the day as scheduled..
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Thanks for both of your replies, I guess I will just keep the crate we have now since it has plenty of room for her to roll around when she sleeps . Well, maybe get a new one that's the same size because I found a pink one, hehe.
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I got my puppy a crate that fits him perfectly he pee'd a couple time but as he grew it stopped
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Seeing as we're not 100% on Zoey's parentage we got her the medium / large crate (same size as Kasper, adult Border Collie x Springer Spaniel). She looked lost in it at first haha! She's had a few accidents in there over the 7 weeks we've had her, but we manage it by taking her out often - and I mean often! Until she was about 15 weeks old we took her out every 20 minutes when she was awake / active. If she was asleep we took her out every hour, and 5 hours in the night.

She's 17 weeks now and we usually take her out every 40 minutes unless she's been really active, or eaten / drunk...no accidents for quite a while now though!

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Fearghas has a HUGE crate, we called it his condo. He had a few accidents, but I'm glad we didn't get a smaller one. His crate is an XL and he's bum to nose in it less than a year later.
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