A dog crate is a modern version of a den. As well as giving him a cozy place to sleep, crates make training your dog a lot easier, since puppies are born with the instinct to keep their dens clean. Using a dog crate takes advantage of this natural tendency and teaches the puppy to do his business outside only!
Dog crates can be purchased from most hardware or department stores. For a wider selection of dog crates visit a pet supply company.
Crates come in various styles and materials to suit every dog breed, and some are sturdier or more convenient than others, so it pays to shop around. Dog crates range from $20 to $250 online.
Dog crates are popular because:
- They make car-travel safe.
- They make house training easy.
- Many motels will allow crate-trained dogs as guests.
- Some landlords will accept crate-trained dogs as tenants.
The most popular crates are:
Plastic crates - plastic molded units with ventilation along the sides and a welded steel wire door in front. Get one sturdy enough to resist chewing. They are:
- easy to take apart for storage or travel
- come in decorator colors
Wire crates - sturdy crates with durable wire that easily fold down for transportation and storage. They are:
- sturdier then plastic crates
- offer better ventilation
A dog crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and stretch out comfortably. For your growing puppy, purchase a crate with dividers so that you can enlarge the space as your pet grows.