While it is possible for dogs to share a kennel, it isn’t always advised. Kennels are larger than crates or other containment devices. Yet they’re containment devices all the same. Kennels keep dogs together without a way to escape from one another. This can become problematic, especially if you’re not there to supervise them.
One dog may become aggressive. As a result, they may start picking on the other dog without that dog being able to escape or find refuge elsewhere. Even just a playful dog can get on another dog’s nerves if that dog just wants to relax.
In most cases, it’s better if both dogs are in their own kennels. This allows them to do what they want without disrupting the other dog. They also won’t step on each other or crowd each other.
In some cases, you may have two dogs that don’t mind being kenneled together. These are likely dogs that are litter pups. They’re siblings that were born in the same litter and are used to being close to one another.
To determine if your dogs enjoy being kenneled together, you should allow them to explore the space together, then set up a camera and leave the house. Observe them through the camera and see how they react to the kennel and being locked together. At the first sign of aggression, you should return and open the kennel. You’ll likely need a second one to ensure that doesn’t happen again.
Some dogs also like sleeping together. Using a shared kennel at night may be a better option than during the day while you’re at work. Dogs have predictable behavior at night. They sleep. Some dogs like to sleep close to each other for warmth. You can try to put them together in a kennel at night to see how they fare.
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How Much Space Should Each Dog Have In A Kennel?
If you’re placing your kennel outside, which is also called a dog run, you should make it at least six-foot in height. You’ll also want to make sure that the kennel is enclosed on the top. Larger dogs may be able to jump or climb over the kennel. Dogs that are capable of climbing regardless of their size might be able to climb the wall of the kennel as well.
The top part of the kennel can keep other predators, like owls and hawks, from picking up and killing smaller dogs as well.
For larger dogs, you’ll want your outdoor kennel to be 15-feet by 15-feet. Medium-sized dogs, like labs, will be happiest in a 10-foot by 10-foot kennel. Smaller dogs will get by five-feet and 10-feet.
For indoor kennels, smaller dogs will be happy with 2.5-feet long kennels. Medium-sized dogs will want at least three feet. For large dogs, you’ll want to find a kennel that is either 42 inches or 45 inches longer than the standard three feet kennels.
Crates are typically smaller than a kennel. Because of the smaller size, you may have more problems with your dog should you crate them together. Crates provide little space for dogs to walk around one another. If one is feeling particularly playful or energetic, then they might end up stepping all over the other dog.
Bonded dogs or those who grew up in a little together, may do better in a crate together. It all comes down to personality and energy level.
The size of your crate is also a determining factor. Larger crates that allow the dogs to walk around one another may be better than smaller ones.
You may be able to train your dogs for better behavior, too. When they’re inside the crate, you can help them feel calm and relaxed. They may start to connect their crate with nap time. While you’re gone, they may just doze peacefully together in the same crate.
However, you should first observe what their behavior is like in the crate together. In most cases, buying a separate crate for the second dog is the best option.
How Much Space Should Each Dog Have In A Crate?
To determine how much space your dog needs in a crate, you should first measure the dog. Begin measuring by their nose to their trail. Then take that measurement and add on at least six inches each way. That’s how big a crate should be for your dog at the very least.
To have another dog in the crate, you’ll want to double that amount. However, that might feel a little crowded for the dogs. A better solution may be to triple the size of the measurement. That will allow plenty of room for your dogs to maneuver around one another. They’ll have a whole dog-space between them.
Only puppies of the same size are allowed to fly on a plane in the same crate. Larger dogs are not permitted to be in the same crate because flying can cause them to become anxious. When they’re anxious, they may pose a threat to the other dog.
You may be able to get away with a single dog house provided that the house is large enough to hold them both. A way to keep them both happy is to have a dog bed or blanket in the house for them both. Each one can claim their spot within the dog house without fighting over territory.
However, you may find that one becomes territorial over the entire house. In this case, a second dog house will be needed.
Should You Use A Divider?
A divider can be a budget-friendly way to use the same crate for two dogs. However, it does have a few problems. Dogs that are actively hostile towards one another when enclosed in the same space will have problems. They may damage the divider or the crate, itself, in an attempt to get at one another. This can also harm them.
Other dogs who are relatively passive around one another may have no problem being close to one another with a divider separating them.
You should test to see how they react with the divider. Aggressive dogs should be crated separately to prevent injury.