Should you use a dog Crate or Not?
People often have mixed opinions when it comes to using Some people argue that putting a dog in a cage for extended periods is cruel, and others see the benefits. Whether you find a crate useful will depend on your personal preferences and also the type of dog you have.
Although the idea of locking a dog in a cage may seem a bit mean and unfair, many dogs actually like spending time inside their crate. Dogs learn to see it as a safe haven, a place where they can have some time on their own. Dogs in the wild often build dens to keep them warm and make them feel more secure, and domestic dogs seem to have similar feelings towards their ‘den’. They will voluntarily get into their crate for some time out, especially if things get a bit overwhelming.
Unfortunately some people abuse the use of a crate and often make their dog spend too much time shut inside. This can lead to major problems and cause them a lot of stress. Dogs like to spend time with their owners and be social. They need some time to be around people and other dogs as well as plenty of mental stimulation and exercise. If a dog is left in a crate without these things they will become very unhappy. The key is using the crate in the correct way and finding a balance.
Buying a dog crate:
If you are going to attempt to crate train your dog you need to make sure you choose the right crate. It should be an appropriate size for your dog based on their age, height and weight. Most crates are metal but you can get plastic and material ones too. Remember to put some bedding inside so that it is comfortable for your dog and they don’t have to lay down on hard plastic. They should have enough room to stretch out their legs and stand up properly without being cramped at all.
How long is too long?
the real question is how long should you leave a dog in a crate If they are happy in their crate it’s OK to leave them overnight. It’s in the daytime that you have to be careful not to leave them for too long. Adult dogs can certainly be left for a few hours but puppies and dogs that are crate training will need to start with shorter periods.
Why are crates so useful?
Crates are very useful for a number of reasons. Firstly they are a place where your dog can escape to and feel safe if they want to. They are also helpful when you are toilet training your dog and for confining destructive dogs. They are also handy for when you have guests who may not like dogs (they could be scared of allergic) and for transporting your dog.
Getting your dog used to a crate
If a dog is thrown into a crate without any introduction or time to get used to it then they probably won’t like it. If you don’t acclimatise them to a crate properly by gently persuading them to spending time inside they may be hesitant. The last thing you want is for them to have a negative experience of using a crate. Be patient and take the time to introduce them slowly.
Begin by putting your dog’s blanket and some of their favourite toys inside the crate. When they go near the crate reward them with a treat. Then start to reward them for sniffing and touching it and if they start to go inside voluntarily give them plenty of praise and treats. Keep the door open at this point so they don’t immediately feel trapped or scared. Then as they spend more time in their crate and get used to it you can begin to close the door. Again, give them lots of encouragement and rewards. The next stage is to start leaving them on their own for very short periods. Then you can gradually build up the length of time you leave them for.
Choosing the best dog crate or dog carrier for your pooch
Whether your pup is lucky enough to be a globe-trotting dog who has seen more of the world than most adult humans, or he needs a limited area in which to be kept overnight, we have the equipment you need to keep your dog safe.
Dog crates and carriers are essential for many dog owners, especially those who have crate trained their dog. We stock a wide range of options to make sure your pup is safe, happy and comfy when they are travelling or spending time in their crate.
When transporting your canine companion, it’s crucial that they are restrained adequately, and a crate or carrier can help achieve this. Look at our crates for dogs now or find out more information below.
Different types of dog crates and carriers
A doggy crate or carrier can become like a home away from home for man’s best friend, and we certainly want to sell doggy transport and container units that make your pup contented to be going on a new journey or feel safe when entering a new environment.
Dog car crates and carriers are also the perfect option for introducing a new puppy to your home slowly and keeping an overactive dog from shredding any precious soft furnishings until he’s learnt better.
Some dogs get very nervous when in transit, so you want to buy the best carrier or crate option for your needs, to keep them calm and at ease. Whether your crate is for use at home or primarily for transporting your pooch, above all, you’ll want to keep them safe and happy. We stock small crates for tiny dogs and large dog crates for enormous pooches.
High quality means safe, durable crates which protect your treasured four-legged friend
We only sell the best-quality dog crates and carriers. Your crate or carrier needs to be big enough to comfortably accommodate your dog, but small enough to be practical if you need to be able to handle and transfer the unit with ease. That’s why we offer such a wide range of crate and carrier options, so that there will be one that is just perfect for you and your pup’s requirements.
Buying car crates and carriers online
We make sure that you and your dog are getting the best quality for the best price. That’s why you’ll only find our stock of dog crates and carriers online, so we can transfer those savings directly to you.
Being an online company, we can offer a huge range of small, medium, large or extra-large dog car crates and carriers, so have a scroll through our range and make a choice that best suits your needs and the needs of your pup. We offer free delivery on all orders over £25 and can deliver heavy dog crates directly to your front door.
The RSPCA has produced a very interesting guide to choosing the right dog crate