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    Quote Originally Posted by Seabass77 View Post
    Thanks for the replies folks. I understand the crate training dynamic, what I am wondering about is

    this guidance: http://www.petrelocation.com/pet-tra...e-measurements

    vs.

    this guidance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iicVExEb6k

    Thanks again.

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    Ruff Tough suggests smaller sizes than most. You have to think about what you are using the crate for and how long the dog is going to be in it a time. Ruff Tough's market is people hauling dogs on ATVs etc. for short periods of time, on the order of a few hours.

    I have two dogs that are the same size. One needs the large Ruff Tough, the other could go a size smaller as she curls up in the back using only about half the crate.

    Mine never stand up and look out of the crate like they show in that other picture.

    So in my opinion and limited experience you choose a kennel size based on need and comfort of the dog. If you can go smaller, great, then you have more room for gear!
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    I didn't read through the other posts but.... most crates come with a movable "wall" so you can block a part of the crate off and move it as the puppy grows.

    I have the Xlarge one of these and it is plenty big enough

    http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo

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    I've got on of these. They come with dividers so you can make the crate area larger as your dog grows while not complicating house training.

    http://www.midwestpetproducts.com/mi...ages-dog-crate

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    Thanks for the help Mitty. That's the type of info I was looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seabass77 View Post
    Thanks for the help Mitty. That's the type of info I was looking for.
    I just had a disturbing thought.

    When you ship a dog on a plane, the airlines have rules about crate sizes, that was the gist of one of your examples. And I guess the real question is, why do airlines make you ship a dog in a huge crate?

    Too bad they don't have similar rules for the humans on the plane: My knees ache after about 2 hours, and I'm pretty sure there is not enough head room to stand up in front of my seat!

    (I have never shipped a dog, but there are lots of threads on here about doing so.)
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    I second what Mitty said, Get the biggest one you are comfortable lugging around in the car or airports or in hotels or what have you. Heck I have more than one kennel for each of my dogs you can pick them up fairly cheap second hand stores or craigslist. I have 4 large kennels in the back of my truck and a XL kennel in the house.
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