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Information on the Most Popular Types of Dog Crates

When used correctly, a dog crate is a indispensable piece of equipment, the helps make the process of housebreaking less stressful. Crates can be viewed as portable kennels or dens for a dog, increasing their safety during transportation. Choosing the best type crate can be daunting, given the number of styles available. A visit to covers the types of crates available. A few of which are outlined below:

  • Wire Crates – These are strong, secure, and offer plenty of ventilation and maximum view of the dog. Some brands come with two doors – one each on the short and long sides. Additionally, many styles come with a divider to make the crate smaller or bigger, making it perfect for a growing puppy. Wire crates fold down for easy storing and transporting.
  • Plastic Crates – These are a popular choice for transporting dogs, especially via air travel, but also to and from the vet’s office. They are equipped with carrying handles and consist of two halves, a top and bottom, which are typically secured together with plastic or metal bolts. The sides have holes to provide ventilation and the one door is a metal grate.
  • Soft Sided Crates – Also used for travel, this style of crate is preferred by those dog owners that show their dogs in obedience, agility, conformation, and many other dog sports. They are perfect for keeping your dog in when staying at a hotel. The main caveat is that the dog must be crate-trained. Dogs that are not accustomed to staying quietly in a crate will quickly destroy one of these by clawing and chewing. The sides are made of mesh and offer plenty of ventilation and allow the dog to easily see outside. Most offer panels that velcro shut over the mesh to provide more privacy for the dog. Most styles have a steel frame to provide stability, but also fold down and can be placed in a carrying bag complete with handle and shoulder strap.

Most importantly, the puppy or dog, must be properly introduced to the crate and it should never be used to punish a dog. The dog should associate the crate with positives such as food, rest, and safety. The crate should provide enough room to stand up, turn around, and stretch out when lying down, but not so big that it encourages them to use one end of it as a bathroom.