The thought of buying a dog crate doesn’t sit well with most dog owners. This is because they believe that a dog crate is a very cruel way to confine their dog. But actually, with a dog crate, you will give your dog a sense of security.
It’s important to train our pets, and it’s important to make them feel like family. When an owner sees a cage, the first thing that pops to his mind is how the animals at the zoo are being cruelly kept in cages. And while we agree that a cage is not how you an animal should live, using a dog crate for your dog, however, it’s completely different. With dog crates, you can teach your dog when it’s the appropriate time to use it. A dog crate can help you with house training your dog, preventing destructive behavior, and it will help you teach your dog how to relax and settle.Img source: wsimg.com/
Dogs sometimes like to be alone in their own space. You must have noticed how your dog has a favorite spot it likes to rest during the day. Well, though positive thoughts, you can teach your dog that a dog crate will be his own place to rest and chill. It will be a space where it will feel safe, and no one will bother him. Whenever it feels nervous, he will just go right in and feel back to normal.
Choosing the type of crate
There are a lot of dog crates that vary in size, shape, type of material and so on. But the most common ones would be dog crates that are made out of wires, plastic, and fabric. Not all dog are willing to enter the crate at first but with proper crate training, you will have no problems.Img source: onbuy.com
• Fabric Crates
Fabric crates are best suited for smaller dogs, and they are best if you are planning on a camping trip, hitting the game, and for traveling in general. They are lightweight, but they are not well secured, so avoid leaving the dog alone in it, since it can cause damage to the crate.Img source: amazon.com
• Plastic Crates
Generally, the best option for a medium size dog is a plastic crate. They are very sturdy, and often more secure than wire ones. The walls of plastic crates are solid, and there is no risk of it tumbling down.Img source: amazon.com
• Wire (Metal) Crates
Wire crates are very convenient since they can easily fold to save on storage place. Wire crates remain also a great option for medium size dogs, as well as, the bigger types. What’s great about wire crates is that you can give your dog extra privacy by simply throwing a blanket over the crate.
As for the size of the crate, many people are inclined to always go for the largest one, the one that will give the dog extra room to do its things. But beware because if you choose a crate with lots of extra room, that might confuse the dog and he will use the extra space for bathroom duties. So for the size of the crate, we recommend you pick one that will give your dog just enough room to relax.
As for where to place the crate in your house, we suggest you place it somewhere away from all the fuzz, but close enough to easily access it.