What are the Best dog crates?
Find out why dog crates can be a great option for dogs of any age (including puppies) and read our review of the various types of crates available. We’ve even picked out the best dog crate for each category in our dog crate reviews.
Puppy crates and dog crates are not equal and research shows that crates come in various grades and more so the wire crates are graded from grade 1 – grade 5.
Benefits of using a dog crate
- The biggest benefit is safety of the dog (more so for an inexperienced puppy)
- Some dogs appear to benefit from having an open ‘den’ area that they can use as a safe place where they feel secure, just like we feel safe in our homes as humans
- Helps dog owners cuts Dog’s house training time by half. A very important use of a crate is Training aid. If you have a child you might understand this better, when sleep training your baby you have to let them learn to be left alone and as such puppies shouldn’t be treated any different especially if you are toilet training.
- Solves challenging habits and behavioural problems such as excessive Dog barking, chewing, scratching and nervousness.
- A crate can be used as a short-term confinement where owner supervision is not possible.
- Recommended by veterinarians, Dog breeders and Dog trainers especially when transporting your dogs on air using airline approved crates and car.
- Safe and secure slide bolt latches for your dogs safety.
- Includes carrying handle.
- Most Dog Crates are Secure and priced for value irrespective of your budget.
Definition of a Puppy Crate or Dog Kennel
According to Wikipedia, a dog crate is often used to replicate a dog’s natural den which they use as their place of refuge at home or when traveling to new surroundings. Before the time of domesticated animals, wild dogs would make shelter of small dens and crates are the modern versions of these dens used for shelter away from predators for the primary reason of keeping them safe.
A dog crate (sometimes dog cage) is a metal, wire, plastic, or fabric enclosure with a door in which a dog may be kept for security or transportation.
How to Choose the right Dog Crate
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes – and so do their crates! To save having to buy a new crate every time your puppy grows, it is best to choose the size of your crate based on your dog’s typical adult size, and to then buy a partition which will allow you to resize the crate as your pooch grows.
There are 5 basic crate types to choose from: wire crates, plastic crates, soft-sided crates, heavy-duty crates and cute crates. There are advantages and disadvantages of each so do due diligence before you buy your puppy a new crate.
I personally prefer the wire crates since its has numerous advantages which I will list a few:
- Easy to clean as most of them especially from high street shops or online sellers have removable floor tray
- They are adaptable and you can buy a divider to section off the crate for when the puppy is small and needs a cosy environment and scale for when she is an adult dog
- Plenty of ventilation especially if your dog is sensitive to heat or during summer and you need to keep the dog cool.
How much do dog cages cost?
Since dog crates vary in price based on their size. To help you decide what is the best crate size for your older dog, you are going to need to measure your dog’s height and length which will then enable you to budget for your puppy’s crate. As a benchmark we visit Argos, Amazon, eBay, PetsatHome websites to gather the best value dog crates.
I would say anything between 50-200 GBP will get you a great crate to last you puppy a long time.
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