Dog crates offer pups a modern way to satisfy their natural denning instinct. Dogs prefer to doze inside of small, cozy places. This comes from their evolutionary instincts that served to protect them from predators. Of course, if your dog is new to crating, it doesn’t mean they will be interested in using it.
One thing to remember, when shopping dog crates for sale: size matters. When choosing dog crate sizes, it’s important to: 1) know how tall your dog is, 2) how long your dog is, 3) how much they weigh. Both matter when choosing your dog crate. For instance, a small dog crate is ideal for a dog between 11 and 25 pounds, who are no taller than 19 inches. An extra large dog crate holds dogs between 71 and 90 pounds. Dogs should not exceed 30 inches in height. These numbers, of course, vary depending on the manufacture of the crate.
Here are some more tips to remember when learning how to crate train a dog:
- Make the crate a positive space. Hanging out in their crate should be a rewarding experience for your dog. Maybe place a soft dog crate blanket inside as well as a favorite toy.
- Start slow. Maybe have your dog take a daily meal while inside their crate. Every day, let them enjoy their crate for longer and longer until working up to an hour or more. Then they will be ready to enjoy their crate while you’re away for longer periods of time.
- Don’t give into whines and crying. If the dog knows that acting this way will result in you opening the crate, it will no longer be useful tool. Again, going slow will limit this from happening.
- Be patient. Pushing your dog into sitting in a confined space they are not comfortable in isn’t conducive to good behavior. Crates for dogs should be introduced slowly for maximum benefit.
Wooden Dog Crates - Although most cheap dog crates are made of metal and plastic, a wood dog crate adds an extra design element to any space you put it. These models are less intrusive in the household.
Dog Crate Furniture - Dog crate furniture is often made of wood but doubles as a piece of furniture like a table or a credenza. They look quite nice as entryway furniture.
Heavy Duty Dog Crate - If you’re looking for an XL dog crate or a large dog crate for your big pooch, a heavy duty crate may be a good option. Big dogs need more durable crates.
Midwest Dog Crates - For both small dog crates or a large dog crate, these common metal/plastic crates are great for home use or travel. You can purchase dog crate covers to pull over these airy crates to protect your pup from the wind.
Collapsible Dog Crate - This metal dog crate is a convenient item to own. Take these with you on camping or vet trips and easily pack away into your car.
Are you ready to start crating your dog? Check our selections below: