Dog Crate Buyers Guide - How to Choose the Right Crate and
Why use a crate:
When used properly and not abused, crates are the fastest and
most humane method of housebreaking dogs. Dogs are den animals
that will instinctively seek out a small, cozy place to rest for
shelter and security. Crates act on a dog's instinct to keep its
den clean and unsoiled. Keeping your dog in a crate teaches him
to "hold it" until he can go in an appropriate place, which helps
your puppy develop his bladder control. For older dogs, crates
act as a "bedroom" where they can relax and escape the hustle and
bustle of kids, other pets, and everyday family life. Also, it's
never too late to crate train! A crate can help break bad habits
that improperly trained dogs may have developed over the
Plastic or metal?
Plastic kennels are good for travel, and are generally the
only method of containment permitted by airlines. Metal wire dog
crates are ideal for home use, however. They are generally
roomier and more open. They're also sturdier, so they will stand
up to your pet's movement/ activity and be able to last as your
dog's permanent bedroom.
A crate should only be big enough for your dog to stand up,
turn around, and lay down. If the crate is too big, your puppy
will have enough room to soil one side and sleep in the other,
which defeats the purpose of the crate. Buy a crate large enough
to accommodate your dog's full-grown size and get a divider
panel. This way, you can keep the one crate and have it "grow"
along with your dog.
Always be sure to include appropriate toys and treats in the
crate. This will keep your dog occupied and prevent your teething
puppy from chewing on the crate's metal bars. It is also
important to purchase crate bedding. A crate cover is great for
lowering the number of outside distractions your dog sees, which
can reduce barking and stress in the crate. A crate pad will be
more comfortable than the crate's plastic pan. Finally, a bumper
like the one included in Pet Dreams Cratewear will help protect
your puppy from injuries caused by chewing or leaning against the
crate's metal bars.
For more information:
In addition to Cratewear, Pet Dreams provides a wealth of
Tips, articles, and FAQs to help you crate train your dog.
We've also recently launched Forums where you can discuss all
aspects of training with others and get advice from the
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