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Guide to Pet Life Dog Crates
A crate is a cage that can be used to confine your pet. This supplies the animal with shelter and prevents it from running away, acting aggressively, or hurting itself. Along with giving you peace of mind about its wellbeing, crate training also makes housing your pet easier during its all-too-frequent trips to the vet.
The two main types of Crates
Metal wire crates and plastic molded crates. Wire cages are typically collapsible for storing or carrying because of their low weight compared to molded plastic ones. However, both types offer safety features that make them suitable for housing pets.
Steel crates are constructed from stain-resistant wire that is galvanized inside and out to resist rusting. They have a solid floor for traction, as well as two doors that can be opened or removed entirely. Front-loading doors allow easy access for pets and for you to place food and water dishes inside. Removable plastic trays on the floors of these crates help contain messes by allowing you to wash them easily with a hose or in a utility sink. You can also slide disposable bedding pan liners into them to keep your pet comfortable during long trips or overnight stays at the vet’s office if it is unable to walk around without slipping on the tray wires.
Wire cages offer excellent ventilation during warm months, but they are not heat or cold-resistant. If you must keep your pet outdoors in the winter, it should be housed inside a heated building unless temperatures drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer heat can make these cages too warm to safely use during that season as well, so they are best for year-round indoor housing.
The plastic molded crates are constructed from durable high-impact injection molded polypropylene resin plastic that is free of phthalates and BPA’s. They have an insulated floor with solid gripping ridges to prevent injury to your pet if it should attempt to walk on wires. These beds also offer superior traction for pets who have difficulty standing up without sliding around the crate’s flooring surface.
These crates come with either front or top loading doors and some even feature a rear door that opens like a drawer for easy access.
Best Pet Life Dog Crates – FAQ
How do you close the life cycle of a dog crate?
Close and latch the door of the crate. The tray can be left in place or removed by unsnapping the tray latch and sliding the tray out of the crate. Press at the top of the back panel. You need to push just far enough to move the top wire of the back panel past the tabs that hold it in place when the cage is set up.
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.
What size crate should I get for my dog?
One size doesn’t fit all
Dog Crate Sizes Length of Crate (Tip: Equal to the length of the adult dog from nose to tail +2-4 in) Weight
S 24″ 20-30 lbs.
M 30″ 30-40 lbs.
L 36″ 40-70 lbs.
XL 42″ 70-90 lbs.
Do dogs prefer wire or plastic crates?
Do You Need a Wire Kennels or a Plastic Crate
Should I put my dog in a crate at night?
Once your dog is crate trained and house trained fully, you can leave the dog in a crate for up to 8 hours.
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.
Should I cover my dog’s crate with a blanket?
And because a properly trained dog considers her crate a safe and happy space, you should never place a blanket or cover over it to punish her. Instead, offer a covered crate as an opportunity to wind down. When your dog has accepted one side of the crate being covered, lower the material over a second side.
At what age do you stop using a dog crate?
The average age that most dogs are ready is between 18-24 months though some active, goofy, chewing dogs may take longer.
It doesn’t really matter as, by that time, most dogs consider their crate their bed and have no issue napping happily or chewing on a good crate toy while you’re gone.
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 trips, and they have a more den-like atmosphere, which an easily overstimulated dog may prefer.
Should a puppy be in a small crate?
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.
How do you put a wire in a dog cage?
How to Put Together a Metal Dog Crate
Step 1: Remove the Crate. Taking the crate out of its box sounds easy, right
What is the size of my dog?
First of all the formula: Take the pup’s weight in pounds (at a certain age) and divide it by his age in weeks, then multiply that number by 52 (the number of weeks in a year).
This should predict your pup’s ideal adult weight.
OK, so let’s say a medium-sized dog weighs 8 lbs.
What is a drop pin crate?
Drop Pin Style Dog Crates
What is an iCrate?
iCrate single-door dog crates by MidWest Homes for Pets are the Inclusive Home Training System designed completely around the safety, security, and comfort of your dog.
iCrate also comes with a free divider panel for use while your puppy is growing.
Why do you put a divider in a dog crate?
The divider is used to adjust the crate’s size to your puppy’s size. As your dog grows, the divider can be moved to allow more room for your dog to move. A dog does not like to soil his/her sleeping area. Therefore, by using the divider, you can adjust your dog’s sleeping/play area in the crate.
Do I need a crate divider?
Purposes of a Crate Divider
What age should a puppy be house trained by?
between 12 weeks and 16 weeks
Experts recommend that you begin house training your puppy when they are between 12 weeks and 16 weeks old. At that point, they have enough control of their bladder and bowel movements to learn to hold it.
Are wire crates dangerous?
One Hazard of a Wire Dog Crate. Collars can get caught in the wires and seriously injure or worse — strangle your dog. When a dog is caught in something, they don’t just sit there and wait for its owner to come to the rescue, they panic and fight to free themselves.