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What Type of Dog Crate Should I Buy?

There are numerous options when it comes to choosing a dog crate, and each serves a specific purpose based on your needs. If you’re in search of a crate for use in your home, nearly any crate will suffice as long as it can safely contain your dog and is the right size. Different crates are designed to be more robust and withstand potential damage, some are more secure and escape-proof, while others offer a cozier, enclosed feel. So, your choice should depend on your dog’s unique characteristics and requirements. While certain crates may be less expensive than a high-anxiety crate like the Impact crate, if your dog keeps destroying multiple crates, you’ll end up wasting money in the long run. It might be wiser to invest in a sturdier option like the Impact crate sooner rather than later, say after crate 2 or 3, instead of waiting until crate 7 or 8. Remember, a dog can get seriously hurt if they’re kept in a crate they’re attempting to escape from.

The level of conditioning your dog has received plays a significant role in determining which type of crate they will feel comfortable in. If you’ve invested time in training your dog or puppy to see the crate as a safe, comfortable, and even enjoyable space, most dogs will relish the idea of being inside it and might even retreat to it for some alone time when they need it. Just like people, some dogs need their space to unwind, and each dog has different preferences for how much alone time they require. For most puppies and dogs that have been conditioned to enjoy the crate, a simple wire or plastic crate, the kind you can find at most pet stores, will suffice as their first choice.

Your dog’s personal preference can also influence the type of crate they’ll be most comfortable in. Dogs are, or were, den animals by nature. If you observe your dog squeezing into tight spaces between furniture, curling up in corners, or seeking refuge under tables, they may prefer a more enclosed crate, like the plastic ones. On the other hand, some dogs are highly observant and like to be part of the action, needing to see what’s happening at all times. These dogs will likely feel more at ease in a wire crate, as it allows them to be in their space while remaining aware of everything going on around them.

If, like me, aesthetics are a concern for you, the idea of a wire crate may not align with your home’s style. Fortunately, there are plenty of custom crates available online, with websites like Etsy offering a great selection. These crates resemble furniture and can blend seamlessly with your decor.

Lastly, if you have a puppy, size matters. For puppies that haven’t been fully potty trained, you’ll want a crate that doesn’t offer room for them to use as a bathroom. The general rule of thumb is to choose a crate that’s just large enough for your puppy to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Wire crates are an excellent choice for puppies because they often come with dividers. These dividers allow you to buy a larger crate that your puppy can grow into while only providing access to the appropriate amount of space for their current size until they reach full maturity.

I hope you’ve found this information helpful in making your decision about which crate to purchase. If you’re looking for more in-depth information, brand recommendations, or assistance in finding the best option for your budget, please consider scheduling an informative virtual private lesson, which you can find on the dog training page of our website.

Please remember:

  • Do not leave your puppy or dog in a crate for longer than they can handle based on their bladder size. Puppies and some smaller dogs cannot hold it as long as older and larger dogs can.
  • Dogs should always have access to water.
  • Do not leave your dog crated in extreme hot or cold temperatures.
  • Frequently check your crate to ensure it is in good working condition.

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