Dog owners that are willing to buy a crate for their puppy are advised to read this page carefully. When buying a crate for their puppies, most people prefer to buy a large enough crate that an adult dog could easily turn around in and stand up. Having an aforementioned crate for your puppy will save the cost of buying new.
Larger crates are always helpful because your little one grows with the passage of time. However, it also means that during first few months, the crate will be so big for the pup. This extra space will motivate your pup in the first place to relieve itself in the crate as well as defeat the purpose of crate training.
An easiest way to solve this problem is to simply put a crate divider that could be removed when the puppy grows into adulthood. Creating a crate divider at your own home is also possible. It does not require costly material, in-fact you may have the materials around your house. It is also possible to decrease the size of crate temporarily and make it just right for your pup. Before moving on, remember one thing that “an optimal crate size for a dog is the one which allows him/her to turn around and stand without any problem.”
The followings are some of the best tricks and tips to make a divider at home.
How to Make a Dog Crate Divider?
Why Crate Train?
The purpose of crate training is to potty train your new puppy. This crate will serve as a designated area and it should be large enough to fit some food bowls, a blanket, and a few cushions. Larger crates enable puppies to pee on one end and sleep peacefully on the other end. The part of crate training is to teach your puppy to potty in a nominated area, such as on a piddle pad or outdoors.
Train your puppy to only relieve him/herself once s/he is led out of the crate. Crate dividers help in restricting the space that a puppy can move around in without forcing us to spend on a smaller crate and buying new crates after every few months. There is no need to worry because you can make a divider by using simple household materials that you can easily find at home.
What Materials Can Be Used?
When a puppy is being crate trained, s/he is prone to committing some small accidents sometimes. To protect your pup, using affordable and simple household materials is the best option for making a crate divider. There is no need for spending on a professionally made divider because this divider will only be used temporarily.
A Basic list of the materials needed:
The items required to make a crate divider are so basic that you will surely have on hand at home. They include:
- Tape measure
- Large sturdy cardboard
- Pencil, pen or marker
- Ruler or Meter stick
- 4 pieces of cable ties or wire that are at least 6 inches long
- Box cutter or scissors
For the Chewers or teething puppies
If your puppy is a chewer, s/he might share a cardboard divider. Replacing cardboard with a thin piece of plywood would be a better idea, if your puppy’s breed is a known chewer or the puppy is in its teething stage. Pooches who gnaw are better off with plywood dividers. Simply cut the piece of plywood to a proper size and then use a nail or drill to make 4 holes in every corner.
Setting the Size
You need to put your puppy inside the crate. It will allow you to easily determine the appropriate temporary crate size. Make sure that the puppy still has enough space to move around in the allotted space. Further, your pup should be able to easily stretch out, turn around and stand up with ease. Finally, mark the spot inside the crate exactly where you want to place the divider.
Why Size Matters?
The crate must not be so small that it restricts a puppy from stretching his legs, turning around or standing up if s/he wants to. Putting your pet in a crate which is sized for an adult dog will give him/her enough space to use one end for hanging out or sleeping and the other end as a bathroom.
Measure the Crate
Using a tape measure makes it easier to get dimensions of the crate’s interior. In order to get the proper height, measure the crate from the bottom to top. In addition, to get the proper width, measure the crate from one side to the other. You should mark at least a half inch allowance to make sure that the divider will fit comfortably in place.
Mark the Board
After having the measurements, simply mark the plywood or cardboard with a pen, pencil or ruler. Now, cut the cardboard to the right width and height using a box cutter or a sharp scissors. A box cutter is very useful to get a straighter and cleaner line, especially if you have a steady grip.
Furthermore, plywood can be cut easily by using a handsaw. Do not forget to sand for removing sharp splinters. Your pet will be in close proximity with the divider so make sure there are no sharp edges left.
Attach the Divider
Drill or punch holes into every corner of the plywood or cardboard. Thread the cable-tie or wire through the hole, but avoid tying it yet.
Now, place the temporary divider inside the crate and secure it in place by twisting the cable ties or wires around the bars. Ensure that sharper ends are carefully secured outside the crate because they can easily injure curious puppies. Cutting the excess wires when the divider is in place is also a great idea.
Handling Your Puppy
When the divider is in place, the pup should learn to stay in the allocated space. If your pet turns out to be destructive, then you should simply remove the divider to prevent your dog from hurting himself.
With every new day, your pup will learn not to have any accidents inside the crate. Almost every dog hates sleeping in filth so s/he will keep his/her sleeping area clean.
In the end, you should create a routine that allows your pet to know when it should relieve itself, when it should sleep, and when it should eat. Last but not the least, when your pup masters this routine, take the divider out and allow him/her to fully enjoy the crate.