Selecting the appropriate crate for a Chihuahua can be difficult. It's recommended that you take your dog with you (if possible) to select a crate. Chain and main street pet stores are often pet-friendly; don't hesitate to bring your Chihuahua in and ask for help.
Look for a crate that is:
- Large enough for your full-grown Chihuahua to fit in comfortably when standing.
- Small enough to contain the dog. It shouldn't allow the dog enough room to jump up and down or pace.
- Completely enclosed for travel. Some cages simply rest over a tray, but a traveling dog will need a small, self-contained unit.
- Intended for dogs, not other creatures. Cages are designed with the animal in mind.
- Generous with the 'cage-style' front to allow for adequate ventilation.
If you can't find a small-enough crate, ask for a puppy-sized crate. Many puppies of larger breeds are Chihuahua-sized when they're puppies. You should also ask your veterinarian for further recommendations, including a brand recommendation.
When you bring the crate home, place your Chihuahua's toys inside of it and leave the door open. Your dog should experience the crate as a safe shelter, not an area of punishment.
This post was originally published on Examiner.com as Chihuahua Examiner. Republished with permission of the author.