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Selecting the right dog crate can be overwhelming. With so many choices of fabric, shape, and style it’s difficult to know which one to choose.
The key is picking an appropriate dog crate, is to keep the the primary purpose in mind, and try to meet the idosyncracies and personality needs of your pet. So with this in mind, let’s discuss five tips for selecting the right dog crate for your pooch.
1. Keep in mind the original reason for getting a crate
The very first thing to consider when purchasing a dog crate is it's purpose. Are you housetraining a puppy? Using it for travel? Will it house your dog’s bed? These are important things to consider, because crates are not universal.
If you are traveling with your pet by plane, you’ll need to purchase an airline-approved crate that is sturdy and relatively snug (there should be enough room for your pet to turn around and it should be at least as tall as your pet’s shoulder). If you’re selecting a crate to be used as a den or sleeping quarters, you can opt for a larger crate that fits food and water bowls, a toy and a comfortable bed.
Considering the primary purpose of the crate at all times, will ensure you aren't led astray in the convoluted world of dog crates
2. Metal, plastic, or fabric dog crates?
Crates come in many different types. Some are made from soft, thin fabric to make them easily collapsible. Others are constructed out of metal wiring. If you know your dog and the purpose of the crate, selecting the right fabric should be an easy decision.
Collapsible crates are best for traveling. Whether you’re going to your mum’s for the weekend or camping in the great outdoors, you’ll want to bring a crate for your dog. Collapsible fabric crates are great because they fold flat and are lightweight. If, however, your dog has a tendency to chew just about everything he can find, a fabric crate may not be the best choice!
Wire crates are great because they are durable. They usually provide great headspace and give your dog plenty of fresh air which helps to minimize bacterial growth and foul smells. These are a better option for large dogs. Some wire crates also fold down for travel.
3. Consider your puppy's needs when buying a dog crate
When housetraining a puppy, you want a crate that’s snug. This makes your puppy comfortable and also minimizes the risk of them relieving themselves inside of the crate.
Buying multiple crates will be an expensive process (and is often a waste of money). Instead, many crates come with dividers that allow the crate to grow with your pet. As your puppy grows, you can increase the space of their crate until they’re older and fully housetrained.
4. Accurately measure the size of your dog
Measuring your dog is a very important part of purchasing a crate. You’ll want to measure your dog from nose to bum and nose to ground while sitting. After you have your measurements, add 12-15cm to them and you’ll have the perfect dimensions for your crate. This ensures your pet has plenty of space to turn around, sit, and stand. They will be comfortable and will grow to consider their crate their ‘safe place.’
5. Shop around, be creative
Recently, there has been a huge shift in pet gear. From doggie life vests and sandals to pet GPS technology, we are upgrading all of our pet’s toys, and crates are no exception.
Today you can find tons of gorgeous, designer dog crates to match your home’s décor. There are end tables, kitchen islands and more that look like everyday furniture, but enclose dog crates. The result is ingenious and fabulous.
Your dog will spend a large portion of his life in his crate. It’s important that he or she has a crate that’s large enough for him to stand, sit, and turn around. Most of all, it’s important that he is comfortable in his crate, and sees it as his home.
Do you have tips for shopping for crates you’d like to share? Please post them below.
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