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A Dog Crate: To Train & Transport Your Pet

Updated on March 20, 2011

A Dog Crate Can Be A Comfortable Retreat

A dog crate is basically a cage with a large, hinged door that can be a valuable tool for house training your pet. Placing a dog in a crate at night will prevent accidents on the floor and teach him to hold himself. They often come to think of their dog crate as their home or bed and will take comfort from being inside it. Typically made of wire, metal, fabric or plastic, a dog crate can also be used to secure your pet while travelling in a vehicle. However, you should never leave a pet in vehicle during hot weather. It doesn't take much time at all for an animal to suffer from heatstroke in extremely high temperatures.

A Dog Crate Can Help Calm a Stressed Pet

Leftover from their days in the wild, dogs are den animals that like to have some private space of their own. A dog crate provides them with a secure and safe place to seek refuge if they're spooked by a thunderstorm or if they just need a nap

This stylish wicker dog crate includes storage for supplies.
This stylish wicker dog crate includes storage for supplies.

Using a crate for nighttime training is fine, but a dog should never be confined in one for more than a couple of hours during the day. Too much time in an enclosed space can create feelings of entrapment and may result in aggressive behavior. If you spend all day at work, make arrangements with a neighbor or friend to let your dog out or use your breaks for a quick trip home.

Make Sure Your Dog Crate Is The Right Size For Your Best Friend!

A dog crate should offer enough room for the animal to stand and sleep comfortably, without being pressed against the top or sides. If your puppy will grow to be a large dog, choose a crate suitable for his adult size that comes with a panel or divider. Allow a puppy to have too much room in his crate and he will most likely soil the end he doesn't sleep on.

Soft dog crates are easy to store and carry.
Soft dog crates are easy to store and carry.
Designer dog crates can be incorporated into your home décor.
Designer dog crates can be incorporated into your home décor.

Different styles of crates are suitable for certain situations. A solid plastic dog crate is ideal for travelling, either in on an airplane or in a vehicle. The lack of visibility may keep the dog calm while being loaded on the plane.

Wire dog crates are likely the most popular due to the fact that they can easily be folded for transport or storage. Their openness provides airflow and allows the dog to see what is going on around him. You'll often see them in use at dog shows because they allow the animal to be seen clearly. The metal bottom can be cold and uncomfortable, so purchase a pillow or pad to place inside.

Aluminum dog crates are a great alternative to wire ones, as they are durable and lightweight. They can be folded or fixed and are more attractive looking than wire crates.

You Can Even Get A Soft Dog Crate

 Soft crates are ideal for infrequent use as they can easily be stored away, however, they are not recommended for puppies who like to chew on almost everything.

For those that concerned about their home décor, there are many designer dog crates that can be used as a decorative element. As long as it's comfortable for your dog, it doesn't really matter what it looks like!

Crate Train Your Dog or Puppy

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      Chris Pole 3 years ago

      Where can I get a wicker crate and how much do they cost?? Can they be sent to New Zealand? Thanks for your time WheelyLady

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      mabmiles 6 years ago

      Learned something new here, Thanks for the post.

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      Hal Licino 8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks, Geoff. Dog crates are absolutely indispensable for training and can benefit any dog owner! :)

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      Geoff 8 years ago

      Wow ... what a fantastic informational resource!! I truly believe that not enough people know about the benefits of using a dog crate for training their puppies and dogs. They are probably the best investment you can make for your dog. I found a great dog crate resource --- hopefully the information can help show people just what dog crates are capable of. Thanks again for the great info...take care.