I will need to crate my dog during the day because he get's into things while I'm at work. I was leaving him in the garage during the day, with my other dog. The garage is well ventiliated with windows, so it's well lit and I leave the radio on. I arranged the garage so that it's dog friendly, but he still managed to find things (nothing toxic) that I didn't think he'd get into. He's an energetic Lhasa/Spaniel mix, about one year old. I'm not sure what type/size crate I should get; and there are a lot to choose from. I also noticed that the price varies a lot for the same item, depending on the site. Also, where would be the best place to put the crate? Should I leave him in the same place with my other dog, who does not need to be crated? I will be happy for any tips/info.
Have you tried an exercise pen? I would rather use one of those so the two digs could be together. Either one of the folding ones that are portable or a regular metal framed chain link one. Unless your dog is a jumper or climber I would imagine a 36 to 48 inch high would work.
I'm not sure how big your dog is but I recommend the wire crates that fold up like a suitcase when not in use. I have them and love em. Blaze is in a 42 inch crate, Wiley a 36 and Buddy a 48. I also bought the crate covers and bumpers for them. You want the crate so the dog can get up, turn around and fit comfortable doing so.
Some crates are thicker gauge wire this is why the big price difference.
Make sure to take the collars off the dogs when crating or get a brake away collar.
Crate training was the best thing I could have done with my kids.
I have a medium size dog in a large sized kennel. Bring your dog to the store with you. Most stores like PetsMart, petcetera, Petland, or even small "pet friendly" stores will allow you to bring your dog in as long as it is leashed and vaccinated. the kennel should clear it's head by a few inches and they should be able to lay down and stand up and sit comfortably. Most Kennels come with tie downs attached to the for easier transport, but you can always ask a store owner/associate to help you put it together to see if it is the right size. If you come from a town where your Local wal-mart is just about the only dogstore around, get you dog to stand for a couple seconds and see how tall it is, at the head, not the shoulders, and then add 4-6 inches to it. then go to Wal0mart and measure it out. I am personally a fan of hard plastic shelled kennels, any debris around the cage cannot be easily picked up, and they are airline approved for if I am going to fly, or even take a train. Good luck kenneling, it's much safer for them even thought at first they will make it sound like you are torturing them. Prices will also fluctuate with the size, type or material, even Brand Name of the kennel. I own a Bargain hound hard-shelled (plastic) and it cost 79$CAN from PetSmart. Others are the Vari-Kennel(59-200$), and Petmate (59-100$), which are more expensive, but are taken apart more easily. I was looking and the wire ones are approximately the same price, maybe 5$ cheaper. The other alternate would be an outdoor pen when it is nice out, some are even made with a roof over them nowadays for shade and protection from the elements. Anyway you chose, either measure your dog or bring it with you, of them in the event of a pen, could save you alot of hassle in the long run.