Dog Crates and Crate Training Basics

James S April 9, 2020
Dog Crates and Crate Training Basics

Training your dog is one of the most important things you can do for your dog and for yourself. Despite the insistence from some dog lovers that crate training is cruel, in reality, crate training exploits your dog's natural instincts as a den animal. Provided you never use it as punishment, dog crates can be a place to sleep and a place to hide, giving them a safe space, especially during stressful occasions where there is a lot of noise in the house. Crate training can assist you in housetraining, since they will never go potty in their den. Its also a safe place for you to put your dog so that they don't hurt themselves or your furniture while you are gone. Crates are easy to transport as well, so you can put it in the car and your dog will still feel safe.

Dog Crates and Crate Training Basics

Training your dog is one of the most important things you can do for your dog and for yourself…

Despite the insistence from some dog lovers that crate training is cruel, in reality, crate training exploits your dog's natural instincts as a den animal. Provided you never use it as punishment, dog crates can be a place to sleep and a place to hide, giving them a safe space, especially during stressful occasions where there is a lot of noise in the house. Crate training can assist you in housetraining, since they will never go potty in their den. Its also a safe place for you to put your dog so that they don't hurt themselves or your furniture while you are gone. Crates are easy to transport as well, so you can put it in the car and your dog will still feel safe.

If you plan to crate train, you are going to need the right dog crate. You want to choose a crate that is as comfortable for your dog as possible with the space you have available in your home. You dog should be able stand up, turn around, lie down and stretch their legs. At the same time, you don't want the crate too be too big or else it can turn into a bathroom where they can just go in the corner. If you have a puppy, an airplane regulation kennel is your best bet. For larger dogs, you'll want a metal-wire crate.

One of the best plastic crates for dogs is the Petmate Sky Kennel Pet Carrier ($37.21 on Amazon), available in 21 to 48-inch sizes. The kennel features a four-way vault door, multiple wire vents and a "live animal" sticker. This is the best option if you plan to travel with your pet often or you are looking for something small for a puppy.

The MidWest Homes for Pets Dog Crate is an excellent option for puppies as well as small dogs. An 18-inch crate is available for as low as $16.99, so it's no big financial loss if you need to upgrade to a bigger crate. The largest size, 48 inches, is available for $89.99. A divider panel allows for your crate to condense and expand, so that you don't need to keep replacing it. It can also be folded and carried for easy transport.

The Frisco Fold & Carry Double Door Dog Crate starts at $18.98 on Chewy. Like the MidWest Homes Crate, it can be folded and carried for traveling. Unlike the other crate though, this one features two doors, giving you and your dog two access points, both of which can be locked. It is tough, durable and features a plastic pan at the bottom that is easy to clean.

Once you've picked out a crate be sure to put it in the right place in your home. Keep it out of high-traffic areas and out of sunlight or it's not going to feel much like a den. You should also keep it out of reach of any wires that your dog might be tempted to chew. With that said, good luck!

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