What Size Kennel Should I Use?

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When it comes to choosing the right kennel for your dog, it’s essential to follow specific guidelines to ensure your furry friend’s comfort and safety. Your dog’s kennel should provide them with enough space to stand up, turn around, and lay down comfortably. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to determine the appropriate kennel size for your canine companion.

Measuring Your Dog

The first step in selecting the right kennel size is to measure your dog correctly. You’ll need to measure two crucial dimensions: from the top of their head to the bottom of their feet while they’re standing and from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail. These measurements will serve as the foundation for determining the kennel size that suits your dog’s needs.

Kennel Size Guidelines

Now that you have your dog’s measurements, it’s time to find a kennel that matches their size. The kennel should allow your dog to:

Stand Up

Your dog should have enough vertical space to stand comfortably without bumping their head against the ceiling of the kennel. Ensure that the kennel’s height accommodates your dog’s standing posture.

Turn Around

A kennel should be spacious enough for your dog to turn around without any restrictions. Dogs like to change positions, stretch, and move, so a cramped space can cause discomfort and anxiety.

Lay Down

Your dog should be able to lay down and stretch out fully in their kennel. Make sure the length of the kennel is sufficient to accommodate your dog’s full body length, from nose to tail.

KC Dawgz Training Options

At KC Dawgz, we offer various dog training programs to help your canine companion become well-behaved and obedient. While choosing the right kennel size is crucial for your dog’s comfort, proper training is equally essential. Here are some of the training options we provide:

Puppy Classes

We offer two puppy classes, Puppy 101 and Puppy 201, which is an extension of Puppy 101. These classes are excellent for socializing your puppy and getting them started on the path to obedience.

Companionship Agility

Our companionship agility classes help improve your dog’s agility and responsiveness, making them more obedient in various real-world situations.

Private Training

We offer both in-facility and in-home private training options. Working one-on-one with an experienced trainer can provide personalized guidance and address specific behavioral issues.

Board and Train Programs

Our board and train programs are an intensive way to train your dog. We offer two main types:

Obedience Board and Train

This program lasts from two to six weeks, depending on your dog’s needs. Your dog will stay at our facility, receive training, and you’ll have working visits with your trainer.

Behavior Modification Board and Train

For dogs with severe behavioral issues, our behavior modification program can last from three to six weeks. This program is designed to correct problematic behaviors and provide a comprehensive solution.


Selecting the right kennel size is crucial for your dog’s comfort and well-being. Remember to measure your dog accurately and ensure that the kennel allows them to stand up, turn around, and lay down comfortably. Additionally, consider enrolling your dog in one of our training programs at KC Dawgz to help them become a well-behaved and obedient companion.

If you have further questions in choosing the right kennel size, please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.