Whether you're a new puppy parent or a seasoned dog owner, dog crates are a must-have element for keeping your dog (and house) healthy and happy. However, you'll find some naysayers who relate a "crate" to a "cage." They do not believe a crate is safe nor healthy for dogs. So, your next question will most likely be…
Are dog crates safe for my dog?
According to many vets and experts, such as those at the American Kennel Club, crate training is excellent for your dog for a multitude of reasons. A common belief is that dogs evolved from den animals, and instinctively seek out enclosed spaces to feel safe and secure. Dog crates provide both a sense of safety and security. Additionally, crate training offers a safe and smart way to housebreak puppies who are just coming into the household.
What are the other benefits of dog crates?
- Bedding down in a crate can provide comfort to dogs during stressful times, such as storms or evacuations.
- They provide a safe way to transport your dog, whether by car or plane.
- Gives dogs a comforting spot to rest while you are at work (be sure to leave the door open so trained dogs can come and go.
- Keep dogs in place after surgery or during times of sickness or healing.
- Offers a safe place to keep puppies contained during training, and while you are away at work (experts recommend crating no more than 8 hours a day.
- Helps with rescue dogs to provide a safe spot of their own until they get acclimated to their new home surroundings.
So now that you have the facts about the benefits of dog crates for you and your pet, you can move forward with your research before buying. Below we answer the most frequently asked questions consumers have when shopping for a dog crate.
What are the best types of dog crates? What do they cost?
- Plastic Dog Crates
Typically, best for small to medium size dogs, plastic dog crates are made of strong, supportive plastic with a front-swinging door. They have multiple openings large enough for the dog to see out and get oxygen, but not so they can get out. These crates are often lighter weight than other crate options. This allows them to be easily moved with the dog inside. Plastic crates are ideal for traveling or transporting a dog to the vet.
Cost: This is often one of the most affordable crates to fit most budgets.