Crate Training A Dog: Choosing the Right Crate (prt. 1)

When used correctly, crates can keep your dog and house safe when you are not able to supervise inside time, and can be used as a safe means of transport.

The Different Types of Dog/Puppy Crates:

Wire Crates:

  • Dog can see out of and feels part of household activities
  • Is available in fold-up suitcase styles to help with portability
  • Has a removable tray for ease of cleaning

Plastic/Enclosed Crates:

  • More “cave-like” – harder to see out of and feel a part of the household
  • Best for shipping/traveling – these are what I have in my vehicles for my dogs
  • Contains hair, drool, pees/poos, vomit, dirt, water, mud
  • Harder for clever dogs to escape from

Mesh Crate:

  • Not usually used for home crating, because it can be easily destroyed
  • Dog must be comfortable in a crate
  • Easily destroyed if dog has a tendency towards destruction
  • Very lightweight (popular for dog show people)

Choosing The Right Size Crate For Your Dog:

Adult dogs should at least have enough room to stand up straight and somewhat stretch out when they lay down.

***REMEMBER*** To make sure your dog is completely safe in his crate, no collars, leashes, harnesses, or other attachments should be worn in the crate!

Dog crates come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit all breeds.

Dog crates come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit all breeds.

When used correctly, crates can keep your dog and house safe when you are not able to supervise inside time, and can be used as a safe means of transport.

The Different Types of Dog/Puppy Crates:

Wire Crates:

  • Dog can see out of and feels part of household activities
  • Is available in fold-up suitcase styles to help with portability
  • Has a removable tray for ease of cleaning

Plastic/Enclosed Crates:

  • More “cave-like” – harder to see out of and feel a part of the household
  • Best for shipping/traveling – these are what I have in my vehicles for my dogs
  • Contains hair, drool, pees/poos, vomit, dirt, water, mud
  • Harder for clever dogs to escape from

Mesh Crate:

  • Not usually used for home crating, because it can be easily destroyed
  • Dog must be comfortable in a crate
  • Easily destroyed if dog has a tendency towards destruction
  • Very lightweight (popular for dog show people)

Choosing The Right Size Crate For Your Dog:

Adult dogs should at least have enough room to stand up straight and somewhat stretch out when they lay down.

***REMEMBER*** To make sure your dog is completely safe in his crate, no collars, leashes, harnesses, or other attachments should be worn in the crate!

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