It’s good to have a crate for your Aussie. It can come in handy when potty training your Aussie to contain the mess and make cleaning up so much easier. A crate can also be your Aussie’s safe place where he can relax and rest. Furparents can also put their Aussies in a crate when they need to leave the house to avoid any accidents. Dogs treat their crates as sacred. They won’t do anything to mess it up as long as they’re crate trained already. Because of the Australian Shepherd’s natural denning instincts, trainers say that it isn’t difficult to train them to stay in their crates. But before you start your crate training, you need to choose the right size of crate for your Aussie.
Australian Shepherds are a medium-sized breed. When buying a crate, furparents should consider their current size and the size that they’ll be growing into. Adult male Aussies can grow up to 23 inches tall while females are slightly smaller at 21 inches. They can weigh between 35 to 70 pounds. For adult Aussies weighing up to70 lbs, their crate size should be 36 inches in length and 24 inches in width. For those above 70 lbs, get a 42 x 28 x 30 sized crate in length, width, and height. Their crate should be big enough so that they can comfortably stand up, sit down, lay down and stretch, or completely turn around without touching the edges. To achieve this, the size of their crate should be 4 to 5 inches taller than their height.
Choose the right crate suited for your purpose for putting your Aussie in one. There are crates made of wire, soft fabric, steel, wood, or plastic. If you need a crate for traveling with your pet, you need a lightweight one that’s made of plastic or soft fabric. If your dog likes to escape from his crate, then you need a more durable one like those made of steel. Check not just the size but also its safety features, durability, and of course, value for money. The important thing is that your Aussie is comfortable in the crate where you’ll be putting him so that it can be a safe and relaxing place for your pet where he can retreat peacefully whether voluntarily or not.