How to Choose Right Dog Crate? Reviews of All 5 Types of Crates

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If you are looking for a device where you can safely leave your dog, it means you need a crate. Crates are the best opportunities if you are a frequent traveller with your pet; if you want to carry or leave your dog somewhere or just to housebreak him. Crates are dissimilar as they are for various purposes and different dogs.

Soft-sided crates, plastic crates, wire crates, heavy-duty and fashionable (cute) crates are the five basic types of dog creates, all of them with their advantages and disadvantages.

Soft-sided crates are mostly made with flexible fabrics such as nylon. The structure makes them lighter and easy to carry. Such crates are foldable and require a little space if you need not them temporarily. The portability is very attractive for many dog owners. Mesh panels on two or three sides ensure proper ventilation and visibility for dogs, which minimizes the risk of the heat stroke and meets the interests of even a very curious dog. Interior of such crates are padded and are comfortable for pets to spend time in it. The soft-sided crates are less expensive than other such devices.
Possible disadvantages for the soft-sided dog crates may include its cleaning in the situation of potty accidents. As a rule, it is recommended to use a crate when a dog is potty-trained.  The soft-sided crates might not be suitable for destructive dogs as they can eat their way out. Smart dogs can “guess” how to unzip the “gate” and feel free. Source.
soft crate

Wire crates – such creates are easy to clean as they have a removable tray. Some models of the wire crates have a divider to section off the device, and you have a chance to make it bigger when a dog grows. Many wire crates fold flat which make them comfortable to carry. The crate is good for dogs living in hot climates.
Cons for the wire crate include that they are noisier compared to other crates when a dog moves in. Large sizes of the crates are heavy that make them tiresome to carry. Such crates may not be beautiful in the house or in a yard, especially if you are very proud of your accommodation.

Plastic crates – such crates can be used for flights and are tailored for the dogs who love cozy spaces, sleeping under the table or in corners. The top half of the plastic crates comes off and can be stalked inside the lower half for storage. Such crates are available in different colors. The crates are more difficult for dogs to run out.
Possible cons include that it may be hotter than other crates with lower visibility. The crates are not easy to clean and may not be beautiful enough.

Heavy duty crates are for the most destructive dogs and for those who have been mastered in “prison break.” Some of such crates are approved to use in a plane.
Cons may include its price, as they are more expensive than other crates and its look, as they are not very attractive.
Cute creates- look great and are very attractive around the house. Some of the crates can be used as furniture to replace an end or side table so that you will not need extra space for the crate.
Disadvantages may include the situations when destructive dogs chew the wood or rattan of the crate. If a dog has an accident inside, he may damage the crate if the crate has a finished wood floor. Buy on eBay
Heavy crate

Before buying the crate pay attention to the fact that the crate should not be too small or very large. Choose the crate in which a dog will be able to turn around, lie down and sit up.  Very large crates fail to ensure the feeling of safety and security in dogs. Moreover, a dog may use one end of the crate as a bedroom and another end as a toilet.

When you have the crate try to use it as often as possible to get your dog love it. For puppies buy the crate that will fit him when adult. Some metal crates have dividers, and you can remove them to provide more space when a dog grows.

Vets recommend that an 8 to 10-week-old puppy should not be crated for more than 30 to 60 minutes at a time. Between 11 and 14 weeks the puppy can stay in for about 3 hours, while at 15 to 16 weeks he can walk in there 4 hours. Once a dog is fully potty trained and reaches 17 weeks of age, he can stay in his crate for about five hours at a time.


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