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42 inch large crates are appropriate for large breeds such as Boxers, Collies, Dalmatians, Poodles, Retrievers and similar dog breeds.
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We started with the size crate that our boxers would always use, 24"w x 36"d x 28"h, this size crate also fits well in the back of Explorers, 4-Runners, etc… Our biggest Boxer is 80 lbs. and rides in this size crate quite comfortably. When we train a puppy we begin with some soft bedding in the very back of the crate and place an old T-shirt that has been worn by me on top of the bedding. The scent of his/her human tends to reassure the puppy and calm him a little. Our crates are the wire types so that the puppy can see all around the room. I keep some type of soft treats near the crate so that they get a treat every time they go in. At first you will need to guide the puppy in and while doing this I say "Get in your crate". As soon as he/she goes in, I give lots of praise and a treat. If we are crating for the night I will lay down behind the crate and stick my fingers through the crate so that the puppy can lay down touching me. As soon as they are asleep I will ease away from the crate careful not to wake the puppy. Most times they will sleep through the night. If they don’t and wake up and cry a little, get up and take them outside, this will also help with house training. The first thing in the morning, take the puppy outside. Don’t worry if they eliminate in the crate, especially a puppy, this will stop eventually. When leaving them in the crate for the day make sure you take them outside to use the bathroom right before putting them in the crate. This will help with them messing up in the crate. I always make sure that I leave a safe and non-supervised toy in the crate to help with the boredom. A lot of people that I have talked with like to leave a radio on for company. I also make sure that I leave some type of light on if I know I will not be back until after dark. When crating for the day I use the same process of putting the puppy in the crate. I have found that treats and lots of praise go a long way in training a puppy or dog to happily go into a crate of their own free will.
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When the crate is not in use, we leave the door open so that the dogs can come and go as they please into it. This becomes a safe haven for them and they will begin to use the crate much like a doghouse. When we would forget to leave the door open, one of our Boxers would actually go over and open the door herself to get a toy out or to just take a nap. One thing that we did for awhile but eventually stopped was to cover the crate with an afghan or a throw to kind of create a cave type atmosphere for them. This worked well to kind of cover up the crate when company came over and makes it more pleasing to the eye. We did discover however, that if you are leaving the house and putting the puppy in the crate, remove the throw. Ours learned how to grab the throw through the crate and would start to pull it through the wire. This can not only create a mess but can potentially be dangerous for the dog.These crates are for dogs 71 - 90 lbs, such as Labrador, Golden Retriever, Boxer, Australian Shepherd, or other large breed. Models to choose from are: