Dog crates create comfort zones for both new puppies and adult dogs. The proper dog crate gives your pooch his own space away from children, visitors and rushing feet that trample tender paws. For training and discipline, a crate is a functional time-out area.
Gone to the Dogs
Thousands of years ago, wolves infiltrated man's space in search of food. Man fed and sheltered passive wolves; genetics, mutations and refining led to specific breeds. "Canis Lupus" is a descendant of the wolf, which found security and safety in dens.
Dog crates are today's version of the den. Just as humans have rooms, the new puppy or adult canine's crate becomes a personal space away from small children, restrictive quarters when Spot is overexcited, and an imperative training tool. Choosing the size and style of dog crate is important. Dogs should be able to lie down, stand up and turn around in the crate with ease.
Choosing the size and style of dog crate is important. Dogs should be able to lie down, stand up and turn around in the crate with ease.
- Extra small dog crates fit dogs 12 pounds and under
- Small dog crates fit dogs to 25 pounds
- Medium dog crates fit dogs 25-40 pounds
- Large dog crates hold up to 80 pounds
- Breeds such as Collies, Dobermans and Great Danes, need extra large dog crates and extra extra large dog crates, which accommodate up to 130 pounds.
It is fine to purchase dog crates one size beyond the dog's weight. Dens consisted of small holes dug, where the pup felt safe, and where he did not defecate or urinate. This is the same principle for dog crates. If a large dog crate is purchased to accommodate the adult size of a puppy, the large dog crate should be partitioned off with a divider to create the proper space for each stage of the animal's growth.
On the Go
Folding dog crates can be collapsible and are lightweight. Whether metal, plastic or soft-side designs, look for features that evenly disperse weight, have feeding dishes and leashes attached, and pockets for pet necessities. Ventilation and visibility panels are a must. Portable dog crates allow for trips to the vet, commercial airline approved, and staying in hotels, offering the same security and training features as non-portable varieties.
Portable dog crates allow for trips to the vet and staying in hotels, offering the same security and training features as non-portable varieties.