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Hi,
My partner and I will be getting a female German shepherd puppy in mid to late June. We are looking at getting a crate and a play pen and wondered if you have any recommendations for good play pens/ crates. We were thinking we would need a 42cm crate. Any other tips or advice would be most welcome!

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For young pups I prefer airline crates as they are less likely to become stuck in the wire with their feet. Once bigger, like at 9 months, then I use the 48" crate when they have more crate-sense.
 

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Congratulations!

When I first got my female GSD in February, we used a 28" crate (that's 72 cm). The breeder recommended a 28 - 32" crate. I went with the smaller size because I used it to transport her in my car (backseat) and because I knew she would outgrow 32". It was a plastic one. She outgrew that very quickly (I think she spent about 4 weeks in that crate). Now she is in a 36" (92 cm) crate. This one is also hard plastic. She may outgrow this one, too, but then I will simply use it with my rescue mix. I did not know that GSDs are such long dogs.

I have a bigger crate her upstairs. It's metal and flimsy. I can hear the bars move/ rattle at night when she shifts. And wolfy dog is right, their paws can get stuck in the metal when they are puppies. My dog trainer also prefers plastic. He says he's seen dogs injure themselves in metal crates (which are cheaper than the plastic ones).

That being said the metal crates collapse wonderfully if you're planning an overnight trip.

Very excited for you. My puppy is wonderful. And I am a big advocate of crate training. I think of it as their bedroom, where they can go to relax and get away from all the activity in the house. My hound lies in his crate all day long, pretty much. I just leave the door open and he goes in when he feels like it (all the time, as he is anxious).
 

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OP, I had to read your posts several times. 42cm is far far too small for a GSD puppy. That's 16.5 inches.
Perhaps you meant 42 inches which some would say is too large but that's what I started my last 5 GSD in and it was perfect. I use a 48" now for my 5 month old male but he is huge at nearly 70 pounds already
 

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Apologies i did mean 48 inches ! Many thanks for your replies. Any tips would be appreciated. We are concerned about current situation as we wanted to take her puppy training in order to socialise which is important. Puppy training isn't running currently so thinking when she has final vaccinations to go to a park to socialise with other dogs
 

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I'm ambivalent about dog parks at best. I don't want to discourage you, but the assumption going in is that all dogs are well behaved. I've heard some bad stories. Plus I have a reactive dog (rescue not GSD) who can't properly socialize with other dogs, so I keep away to protect other dogs.

I am a big fan of pack walks though or play dates. Even my rescue is decently behaved on pack walks but I never let him off leash. He bit another dog and I never want to go through that again.
 

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Is there a puppy playgroup that a trainer or doggie daycare is offering? You would drop your dog for a couple hours once a week while they are supervised by trainers and staff and then pick up at the curb. The business here are trying to get creative to earn money.

As far as pens, I got a used one folding meant for people babies that was hard plastic and put reinforcement on the connection spot with a bungee.
 

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Did I miss where OP said they were going to a dog park? I did see where they said they want to go to a park.

Regardless, if OP does choose to go to the dog park, it is OP's job to monitor their pup's behavior as well as that of other dogs towards the pup. Other dogs and their owners should not be making those decisions.
 

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My advice would be to work on socializing around traffic, climbing on things, differing floor covers, ride in an elevator, walk by glass front office buildings, bicycles, skate boards, joggers, horses, cows, chickens, cats etc..

At 16 wks your puppy will do much better with other large breed puppies of a similar age, but may still be a bit leery or just plain too clumsy for bigger dogs.

If you do take her to a park use distance to introduce other dogs so that she gets used to seeing them. Utilize the small dog area at a dog park for much the same purpose, then you can be selective about the crowd inside the big dog area you feel comfortable introducing your puppy to.

Congratulations on the new puppy!
 

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Tim is right, IMO. Be careful of dog parks. It's not just the rough and tumble ones, er um, like some of us have..but some of them, not named of course, used to have their own puppies, and goes into a crazy puppy zone of mentality, and
wants to over mother the little ones, even carries her spanking switch with her. Won't mention any name, though.
 

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I start out with the same size airline crate that I will use for the adult dog. Why a play pen? I don't understand the need for that. Puppy gates, yes. Dog parks, no. Friendly friend or neighbor dog, yes.
 
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