If you are thinking about adopting a new puppy will soon, good for you! Puppies who receive the proper care and training they need go on to make wonderful pets and companions for years to come. A piece of dog equipment which comes highly recommended by the experts and veteran pet parents is a dog crate. However, to make full use of a dog crate and use it to train your dog, you need to start young. Here are some tips and pointers to help you in selecting the right crate not only for your new pal's puppy days, but which will continue to provide shelter, protection and containment as your dog grows. There are a few common problems pet owners face when picking the right crate for a pup that can be minimized or eliminated with a little planning ahead. One of the main problems is getting the right size crate for your new canine pal. If you do a little research on the correct sizing for a dog crate, you will quickly learn that a dog's crate should not be too small, but it should also not be excessively large or your pet will be more likely to eliminate in their crate. Your pet's crate should fit them comfortably, and be slightly larger than your dog in standing position. Dogs should be able to sit, stand and turn around comfortably. One way to avoid having to buy a new crate every time your dog hits a growth spurt is to look for a crate that is adjustable. Adjustable crates come in both wire or wooden styles to fit in your decor and your budget. They may cost a bit more than your average wire or wood dog crate, but if you don’t want to buy multiple crates and are willing to spend a little more on the initial investment, an adjustable crate is definitely the way to go. These crates often have an adjustable panel that can be moved and finally removed once the dog reaches if full growth potential. This panel is most common in wire crates, however, you can find some wooden dog crates and plastic dog crates with this feature. Another common problem in picking out a crate for your puppy is that puppies have a lot of energy causing them to dig or scratch or try to find a way out of their crate. Young puppies will also be going through teething which means you will probably catch him or her chewing on everything. So take this into account when purchasing your new crate and, especially with the wooden or plastic style crates, you'll want to make sure you get a chew proof wood dog crate or a plastic crate designed for puppies to meet two needs with one high-quality product. Finding the perfect crate for your puppy can seem daunting, especially if you don’t know much about dog crates before you venture to the store. Have no worries, with a little bit of work and research, you can get the perfect dog crate for your new canine companion.