Dog crates are really beneficial to have around your home. They provide a place for your dog to “chill out.” They keep your dog and home safe when you can’t watch your dog closely. If you take your dog anywhere (to the vet, on vacation, hunting, to dog shows) a crate keeps your dog safely confined in the vehicle and at the destination.
Crate designs today can be simple or lavish. Along with plastic and wire crates, you now can get designer wood or wicker to match your home’s decor. Manufacturers of crates have cleverly designed kennels for dual purposes. A crate can also be an end table or coffee table.
When choosing a crate for your dog, it must be roomy enough for them to stand up and turn around in. It must not be too big either or your dog will “mess” in one end and sleep in the other. (And let’s hope there’s no sleeping in the mess!)
Choosing a crate for puppies is a little bit more of a challenge, especially if they’ve got a lot of growing to do. Kennel dividers will allow you to purchase a bigger sized kennel once instead of buying multiple sizes as your puppy grows.
Wire crates allow visibility for you and your dog. You can easily see what your dog is doing in his crate and he can see you. Wire crates usually fold down for storage or transporting.
They allow plenty of ventilation, but kennel covers can be used to allow some privacy and warmth, if necessary. Some are light-weight depending on their size. Wire crates can also have a coating on them to prevent rust.
Another great feature for some wire dog crates is multiple doors. There is a smaller door and a larger door. The larger door allows for easy access for the dog and for you when it’s time to do some housecleaning or just too add some blankets or pillows.
Plastic crates or kennel carriers are lightweight and easy to clean. Most of these types of crates are approved for the airlines. They provide a certain degree of privacy and are sturdy. Limiting your dog’s view of it’s surroundings can help keep him calm if he’s easily excitable.
Some of the smaller and medium-sized carriers have access doors on the top. These are for smaller dogs (and cats) that can easily be lifted in or out of the crates. This feature is handy if your dog isn’t crate trained.
Comfort is the Rule
No matter your preference for a crate, the important thing to remember is the comfort of your dog. Your crate should not be a jail, and the amount of time your dog is kept in the crate should be reasonable and kept to a minimum if at all possible.
Pay attention to how long your dog is able to stay in the crate at one time. As a general rule, 4 to 6 consecutive hours should be the maximum. Any longer than that and you should make arrangements to have your dog exercised.
When used properly, dog crates are excellent training tools.
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