Everything You Need to Know About Dog Crates

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Introduction

Crates have gotten a bad rep in recent years, but these tools can be an invaluable tool for training and combatting separation anxiety. Finding the right crate for your pooch is incredibly important, especially if they will be spending a lot of time in them while you are away. All crates are not created equal — the wrong style crate can make training more difficult or even cause injury to a pup who tries to escape. In this article, we'll explore the pros and cons of the different types of kennels on the market to find the right fit for your pup.

Wooden Crates

Let's face it, most crates aren't very stylish; fortunately, wooden crates bridge the gap between functionality and fashion, giving your dog a safe enclosure that meshes well with your home decor. Wooden crates come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and function much like wire crates. Though they're quite sturdy, these are not the best option for destructive chewers or teething puppies.

Plastic Kennels

If your pup is a frequent flyer, then the plastic kennel may be the way to go. Most plastic kennels meet airline requirements for travel and can be quickly broken down and reassembled. These are also a furrific option for timid pups since they limit visibility, which helps pups feel safe. The best part? Plastic kennels are relatively cheap and come in a wide variety of sizes.

Dog Houses

Although they are not suitable for crate training or confinement, dog houses are a great way for pups to have a safe space of their own where they can come and go as they please. Dog houses can be used indoors or out and can be purchased or built for very little money — plus, they come in a variety of sizes and styles!
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Soft-Sided Crates

Small pooches such as Chihuahuas or Yorkies feel right at home in soft-sided crates since they create a safe, den-like environment. Soft-sided crates create a cozy environment that is surrounded by mesh to maximize airflow and visibility. Due to their fragile structure, these aren't recommended for escape-prone or chew-happy pups. Most soft-sided crates can be dissembled in a snap, making them pawfect for car trips or camping.

Wire Crates

Large dogs and destructive chewers are the best candidates for wire crates since they are sturdier than plastic kennels while remaining open to allow for your pup to see out. These are also the best option for "Houndinis" who like to make a break for it when their owners leave for work. These are also fantastic for pups who aren't housebroken since they are easily cleaned with a garden hose.