There are, in general, only two different types that can vary in price and quality. Each style has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Aluminum/metal/plastic dog crates:

Made to last and normally of an open type. Constructed of aluminium bars or squared wire providing higher levels of ventilation. Usually collapsible for easy storage and portability. Craig recommends SAVIC dog residence dog crates they are high quality, hammertone coated and will last a lifetime if taken care of correctly. You also have the option of dividers, raisers, wheels and mats depending on the size you choose.

You may find it necessary to cover this type of crate, in order to allow for a calmer environment, especially with a young or nervous dog.

For the series traveller – The Petmate Sky Kennel tough plastic crate is one of the best airline-approved dog carriers that are available on the market today, meeting most airline requirements, these crates are also ideal for the car.

Soft dog crates:

Lighter in construction and often easier to handle. Such crates are mostly of a closed type, except the front door, with air vent holes to the sides. There are pro’s and con’s to this type of housing – Easy to store, good ventilation, stylish, comfy but not so easy to keep clean, they damage easily even and the smallest angelic dog can destroy this option quickly and get out!

These crates in general, produce a calmer scenario of being closed in and contained. Often utilised when travelling. Nevertheless, all types of dog crates (metal, plastic or cloth) are usually made to be convenient to handle, maintain and transport, so the decision of which one is a better fit is up to you, your dog and your specific situation.

Choosing the crate size and bedding

A crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and stretch out when lying down but in the same token not too large.

Allow for growth if purchasing when a puppy and section off part whilst the puppy is still young, this will prevent urinating or defecating in the corners. Never line with newspaper as this only stimulates to toilet in the crate. If necessary, cover with a blanket to make it den-like and cosy.

Line the crate with a blanket or flooring that is comfortable but something that your puppy can’t easily chew through this is very important, if he destroys his first bed, he will likely try to destroy anything else that you later place inside. Craig uses Petlife Vetbed® Original dog bedding recommended by vets and is widely used by professionals. It is the safest and most effective fabric ever developed for general and professional use, the perfect hard-wearing, strong and luxurious and worth every penny! be aware there are poor imitations. 

A good habit at the beginning of crate training is to place a small item of clothing such as an old T-shirt that has been shared by the family inside the crate, this will help your dog relax faster, and accept the crate as a positive experience.

Get off to a good start with your puppy and understand the importance of leaving your puppy alone.

Puppies and young dogs generally come with challenges so take the right advice from someone that is knowledgeable in the field, pragmatic and trustworthy. We are here to help contact us today

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