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Dog Cages and Crates

Dog crates and cages can be helpful tools when training a dog or leaving a dog alone at home. When choosing a dog crate, it's important to pick one that is the right size, the right material, and the right type.

What should you consider for a dog crate or cage?

When choosing the right dog crate for your pet, it is important to ask yourself the following questions:

  • How many doors are needed?
  • What material is needed?
  • Are you looking for a stationary cage or a portable pet carrier?
  • How large or small is your dog?
  • How much space do you have in your home?

What are dog cages and crates made of?

Generally, dog cages and crates are made from either plastic or wire. When trying to figure out which one to choose, there are a few differences to consider. Many plastic crates are portable and function as pet carriers. For this reason, plastic cages are generally meant to be used for short durations. Wire crates are heavier and are more resistant to chewing. They are generally designed for stationary and regular daily use.

What size dog crate should you choose?

The size of the enclosure you choose is dependent on your pet's size and age. A dog crate must be large enough for the dog to completely turn all the way around and easily change positions. However, it cannot be so large as to encourage your pet to urinate or defecate. When it comes to purchasing a dog crate for a young puppy, you might consider getting a cage that is smaller. Instead, you can purchase a crate that is appropriate for the size your dog will be when it reaches adulthood as well as a separate partition that can be adjusted as the puppy grows.

What other features should you look for in a crate?

Once you've determined the proper size and material of your dog's enclosure, it's important to look at other features you may need or want for your pet. Some additional features may consist of:

  • Multiple doors: Multiple doors allow you to position the enclosure against a wall or other surface by giving you the option of doors on multiple sides for easy access.
  • Style: Some cages are built into end tables or other furniture for a blended and functional appearance. Many also come in various colors.
  • Shape: Rectangular enclosures are used as portable pet carriers or stationary sleeping areas while circular enclosures are designed more like dog playpens for exercise and supervision.