If this looks familiar, think about crate training your dog!
Types of Crates
Dog crates come in different sizes, colors, and styles. There are molded-plastic crates and the open-wire types which have a removable plastic tray on the bottom. Soft-sided crates. And even decorative crates that are made to mimic furniture.
For dogs who prefer a cozy space with less distraction, the molded-plastic would be the best choice. Just note that they are not able to be folded up so having room for a larger crate like this can be tricky. And you are not able to divide a molded plastic crate into smaller sections for a smaller dog.
Wire crates are the most popular because many of them fold up and are easy to transport and/or store in an out of sight location. These crates come with metal dividers so that your puppy can grow into their crate. You do not want to give a puppy too much space in their crate because if they have an extra inch or so, they will use it to do their business!
These are similar to the molded-plastic crates because they provide a more enclosed area that helps dogs to relax and be in a cozier space. They are able to be folded up so they are similar to a wire crate as far as ‘putting them away’ and transporting is concerned. However, the biggest difference is because it is soft-sided, dogs can easily break out of this crate, if they put their minds to it. It is pretty much just fabric so if they keep scratching at it, they will eventually compromise the fabric and break free! So they are not the best choice for a dog with separation anxiety.
These are great if space is limited in your home and you want a combination of both the molded plastic and wire crates. They are made to look like furniture and it is hard to tell that this is actually a dog training crate, when decorated in your living room! They are the most expensive, but it’s pretty much furniture for you so that is to be expected. They usually do not have dividers so it would be best to get this for your dog, when they are fully grown. And, of course, they are not able to be folded up.
Which Crate To Choose
The size of your dog should determine the size of their crate. There should be enough room for him to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. The crate is a place where your dog can relax, sleep, and basically just chill out. It is not supposed to provide them with room to be rowdy.
When choosing a crate, you should keep in mind the size that they will be, not necessarily their size at the time you get a crate. A crate that comes with a divider is ideal for crate training a puppy. The divider allows you to limit your puppy’s space and as they grow, the divider can be adjusted to give them more space. The MidWest Life Stages Folding Metal Dog Crate is a great choice for puppies because the crate grows with them!
Whatever crate you choose, make sure you do not use the crate as punishment. Their crate should be their own private home where they feel comfortable to relax. If you associate it with punishment, it bring about anxious feelings. Make their crate comfy, cozy, and serene. Both yoou and your dog will have peace of mind!