A heavy duty dog crate is manufactured for the most outstanding dogs that are known to exist. If you have one of these dogs you know, they are huge. A standard size large dog crate is 54″ long and is meant to house dogs that weight between 111 – 125+ pounds. The following dogs that fit into the large category are 1) Mastiffs, 2) Great Pyrenees, 3) St. Bernard’s, 4) Neapolitan Mastiffs, 5) Borzois, 6) Irish Wolfhounds, 7) Scottish Deerhounds, 8) Great Danes and other similar sized dogs.
Chapter 1. Guidelines
The guidelines above are an industry standard for the larger dog crate size that is appropriate for your pet. Indeed, you will certainly need a heavy duty dog crate if your dog is dominant. If your dog can stand up with comfort and turn around plus can lie down and stretch out in the crate, you have the correct size crate for your dog. If you get your dog as a puppy, you should still consider getting the appropriate size crate that the dog will need when it is fully grown. Most dog crates come with dividers that allow you to decrease the size of the crate for puppy size and expand as the dog matures.
Chapter 2. Puppy Crates
Even if you get a Great Dane as a puppy, you should still purchase a large dog crate with dividers so you can use the crate to potty train your dog. Crate training a puppy is the most efficient way to house train any dog, and there are extremely high success rates reported with this method. You will need a strong dog crate. If you think that you should wait till your pup is larger to get a dog crate you are making a mistake because it is much easier to train your dog in all areas of appropriate behavior when you have a crate in the house.
Chapter 3. Dogs in the Wild
When dogs roamed this earth as wild animals in the not too distant past in geologic time, they would sleep in dens that they dug into the ground. This was a means to protect them from predators as they slept at night. This need for a secure shelter is still in the DNA of today’s modern domesticated dog. An indoor dog crate fulfills the need for a safe place where your dog can take refuge and feel safe from the stresses of the world. Your dog will quickly become acclimated to its home within your home as a place to retreat when a break is needed.
Chapter 4. Large Dog Crates
Also, your large dog crate for your large dog will serve as a place where you can better train your dog on all types of bad behavior as it grows from a pup to maturity. For example, if your puppy is a “chewer” and often chews anything it can get its teeth around you can use the crate as a place to send the pup as a form of punishment time-out. As your pup becomes more trained, it will know what it has done wrong and a simple verbal command from you such as “kennel!” will have you dog back into the crate in short order.
You must keep in mind that if you purchase a large dog crate for a puppy that seems so small at the moment, you are making a substantial investment. The crate will last for many years and see you through all the trials of training your dog from potty training to any other form of bad behavior that needs attending to until your dog is well mannered.