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Guide to Pet Crates
Choosing the right size pet crate can be difficult. There are so many different-sized crates to choose from, and no matter what size you decide on it is always hard to find one that will fit your dog. Luckily, we have compiled a list of five great crates for dogs in 2021!
What is a pet crate used for?
A crate is a place for the dog to be when no one is around to supervise him. It is the dog’s bed and sanctuary. Its purpose is to provide confinement for reasons of safety, security for the dog, house training, prevention of destructive behavior, and/or travel.
There are many different kinds of crates available on today’s market plastic or wire metal being two popular choices among pet owners. Plastic crates are lightweight but can be damaged by dogs who have not been trained properly in them yet. Wire metal crates usually come with divider panels that allow you to adjust their size as your puppy grows into an adult-sized pet while still providing enough space for the pup to move around.
How do you choose which size crate is best?
Size specifications vary by brand; check product descriptions for more information.
Small (19″L x 12″W x 13″H) – This small wire metal crate comes with an easily collapsible design that makes storage simple while not taking up much space when set up. It also features two doors: One side opens into the main compartment, the other into a separate compartment for food or treats.
Medium (30″L x 18″W x 21″H) – If your pup is still growing, this wire metal crate also comes with two different size options thanks to its removable divider panel that allows you to adjust as needed. It features an easy setup and fold-down design that makes it simple to store away when not in use. There are three doors on this one: Two side doors and a front door, which make it perfect for letting your dog enter from any direction he chooses!
Large (36” L x 24” W x 27″ H) – This plastic pet carrier has a special ventilation system designed specifically for airline travel. It also comes with a water bowl and is big enough to fit two pups.
X-Large (48″ L x 30” W x 33″ H) – This wire metal crate features an easy setup that takes minutes, along with two doors for your pup to choose from when entering. The mesh sides allow you to easily see inside at all times while the top locks on securely so there are no escape artists in this one! It has four different size options due to its removable divider panel that can be adjusted as needed throughout your dog’s growth process.
Best Pet Crates – FAQ
How do I know what size crate to get for my dog?
We recommend measuring the length from their nose to the base of their tail, then add between 2-4 inches.
Room to grow.
If you have a puppy, get a crate that fits their estimated adult size and use a divider to adjust the inside space as they get bigger.
Avoid too much space.
Is it cruel to crate a dog at night?
A Safe Space For Your Pet
What should I put in my puppy’s crate at night?
What Kind of Bedding Should I Put in My Puppy’s Crate
What kind of crates do dogs prefer?
Soft-sided crates are the most popular option among pet owners. They’re not too expensive, lightweight, easy to carry and dogs usually like them too.
Should I cover my dog’s crate?
Yes! There’s a caveat, though: Never, ever cover your dog’s crate as punishment.
Be careful not to use anything too heavy or thick – you want your dog to have plenty of airflow inside her crate lest she gets too hot or even has trouble getting enough air to be comfortable.
Can a dog crate be too big?
If your dog’s crate is too big, he may feel that he can eliminate at one end and still keep his living area clean.
If it’s too small, he’ll be cramped.
Solid plastic crates can do double duty on a plane or car trip, and they have a more den-like atmosphere, which an easily overstimulated dog may prefer.
Where should a puppy sleep the first night?
On the first night, and for about three weeks, have the puppy sleep in a dog crate next to the bed. Line the base with blankets so that it is cozy and drape another blanket over the top to help it feel more secure. Give the puppy the stuffed toy that has its littermates’ scent on it to snuggle up to.
Should dogs sleep in crates?
A good general rule to follow is one hour in the crate for each month of age.
A three-month-old puppy should be fine in the crate for three hours.
Puppies should sleep in their crates at night, as this helps them learn to sleep through the night.
Why crate training is bad?
Pet store and puppy mill puppies, who are born and raised in crate-like structures, tend to be difficult to housetrain, and they may experience severe anxiety and develop fearful and/or destructive behavior if they are confined to crates.
They may even injure themselves while trying to bite or scratch their way out.
Should puppies sleep in the dark?
Melatonin is a hormone that regulates sleep—when it gets dark, melatonin increases in the body. Turning off the lights can help regulate your puppy’s system and sleep. However, if your puppy is truly afraid, you can try using a nightlight near his crate or in the room where he sleeps.
Should I put a pee pad in my puppy’s crate?
Never leave pee pads in the crate with your puppy.
Not only is it a chewing hazard, but it will also start to teach your puppy that it is ok to pee in their crate.
Pee pads can be used in long-term confinement areas for your puppy.
Should I wake my puppy up to pee at night?
Owners of young puppies should absolutely wake up in the night to take their young puppies out to pee. Puppies aged 4 months and younger just don’t have the capacity or control to hold their urine all night.
Do dogs prefer wire or plastic crates?
Do You Need a Wire Kennels or a Plastic Crate
Do dogs prefer smaller crates?
Size the crate to your dog’s size. Most owners buy crates that are far too large. The dog should be able to stand up in the crate and turn around, but they should not have much more room than this. Remember we are trying to give the dog a small, safe place to relax that resembles a den, not a playpen.
Do puppies need small crates?
Your puppy needs a crate that is just large enough for him to comfortably turn around in and not much larger — otherwise, accidents are more likely to occur. But when your puppy reaches his full size, he should still be able to comfortably stand up and turn around inside the crate.
Should I leave my puppy to cry at night?
Should I leave my puppy to cry at night
Do I ignore my puppy crying at night?
The key is to ignore the puppy when they cry, as if you come to them they will see their crying as acceptable behavior to get your attention. Though, it is important to come to the puppy’s aid if it is so distressing that it’s harming itself.
What if my dog cries in the crate?
If he does whine or cry in the crate, it’s imperative that you not let him out until he stops. Otherwise, he’ll learn that the way to get out of the crate is to whine, so he’ll keep doing it.
Do dogs like big crates?
Big Cages for Dogs Aren’t Always Better
Do big dogs need crates?
Collapsible metal crates are often more practical for large breeds since they can more easily be sectioned off into appropriately-sized spaces during housetraining, and are easier to store.
(But if you ever plan to travel by air with your dog, you will need an approved, hard-sided plastic crate regardless.