We crate trained our last two Labradors and it was much easier to use a crate than it would have been to have not. Using a crate allowed us to have some piece of mind that our new young
pups were not getting into anything that would harm them while we were away.
Now with a new pup on the way I’m out looking at different types of crates for dogs once again. There are many types made out of different materials and some are for specialized uses. Here is how to choose a dog crate for your pup.
There are the standard wire dog crate, the plastic dog crate with metal doors, aluminum for security, the soft dog crate , wood dog crate as well as designer dog crates for the fashion conscious that come in all sizes from small dog crates to large dog crates.
A good general all around crate is made of wire, usually collapses and has a handle to be able to travel with it. Most have a metal or plastic tray that slides out for easy cleaning.
These are rated by ‘light duty’, ‘medium duty’, ‘heavy duty’ and refers to the type of material and gauge of metal used. I have read reviews of the ‘light duty’ crates getting broken by
larger breeds so even though less expensive I would not go for anything under medium duty. Heavy duty crates are usually made of steel rods. Some wire crates have double doors one on the
short end with an additional door on one of the long sides. Most crates have a single door on a short end. I like the double door feature usually priced at about ten dollars more, simply
because we have a small house and the double door gives us more ways to place the crate in different rooms.
The other types of materials are aluminum used for some airlines use. Very sturdy I’ve seen lots of hunters keep these in their truck beds for transporting their dogs. Plastic is used for
airline use as well as I’ve seen hunter starting to use these with cloth covers for protection. Soft crates are a good solution for dogs already crate trained and these can be used for
travel as they are light weight made out of cloth and screening. The soft crates have a light weight frame and most are foldable. Wood crates are for home fashion and are a combo of
functional furniture (usually an end table with a crate built in underneath. Wood crates are beautiful and a little more expensive.
What size do you get? This is a very important consideration. Our first lab that was crate trained I went out with the usual more is better mentality. I was sold an x large dog crate that
was too large. Poor pup found room enough in there to hang out and use a corner for the restroom. Most crates are marked for breed but you still have to guess on how big your dog will get
or get a small one and a dog crate large one at a later date. There are new solutions that some crate manufacturers are incorporating which is a movable divider. You start with a smaller space and
move it back as the puppy grows. I really like this feature and our new crate will be one with this so we can just buy one crate.
Crate training is a wonderful way to house train as well as keep your puppy confined while mom and dad are away. I hope this information gives you the facts you need to buy the best
product for you dog. Read lots of reviews by dog owners that have used the different kinds and makes. Dogs are den dwellers by instinct and crates are a great way to give your dog a
little space of their own.