Your home is the family den where your dog belongs, occupying a position on the ladder of hierarchy in your loved ones. Your dog, if introduced properly, will learn that the dog crate is his own room within your family, much the same as your children’s bedrooms are their space to call their own. An indoor crate can satisfy your dog’s instinctive need for his own den-like space where he finds sanctuary and a safe place to rest.
A dog crate, kennel or crate is manufactured of plastic, wire, aluminum, cloth, wood or wicker. It is generally portable and may be folded or taken apart for ease of transportation. The words, crate, kennel or cage are interchangeable in most cases.
1. Fabric, wicker or wood crates must be given careful consideration before purchasing if you’ve got a chewer or escape artist. There are also wood coffee tables that fit over wire crates that look like part of the matched furnishings in your dwelling.
2. Aluminum dog crates are strong, lightweight, and some now come with guard rails for airline travel. They are getting more popular with Gun Dog owners hauling their dogs in a pickup truck and dog law enforcement officers for transportation to veterinarians or containment.
3. Plastic dog crates are the crates of choice for some time due to their versatility, indestructible material and ease of transportation. The plastic crate has more versions which are airline approved, which is one reason they hold their popularity. They also have a rounded interior which prevents harm if tipped over in your car or jostled during flight.
4. They give your pet 360 degree visibility, which is significant to some dogs, and in turn allows you keep a better eye on your pet. They are not as den-like as plastic crates, but again, some dogs prefer the open environment with a great deal of light to that of the enclosed, darker plastic crate.
5. A backyard kennel can save your lawn from being excavated, as some breeds are prone to do, and free of urine and excrement that are not healthy for our bare feet.
No matter what it is made of, a dog crate is usually light enough that it can be carried by 1 person for small dogs, and 2 people for medium to large dogs. Large to extra-large crates can be transported, with the dog inside, on dollies with handles and wheels, much like a flatbed wagon.
Reasons for the necessity of confinement are unique and many to the you and your dog, A dog crate provides your pet or dog with a den-like enclosure that serves many purposes.
1. Housebreaking Tool.
2. Chewing furniture and shoes can be a costly and frustrating experience.
3. Household Dangers/Safety. Rodent Poisons, Anti-Freeze, Electric Wires, Small Dogs being stepped on through a Party.
4. Separation Anxiety. A dog can get so highly aggrieved once you leave that he will throw himself against the door or window of your house to follow you. Using a dog crate with comforting toys and treats can possibly assist with this destructive behaviour.
5. Travel. A dog’s crate can help him feel more secure when traveling by car, plane, or the back of a pick up truck. We owe it to them to keep our dogs safe when traveling to their destination, whether it’s for pleasure or work.
7. Dog Shows. Dog Handlers and anglers rely upon dog crates to keep the show dogs comfortable and out of mischief when grooming and showing more than one dog.
8. Dog crates are used by wildlife officers to transport wildlife such as fawns, reptiles, birds, foxes, and any wildlife that matches and need to be relocated or brought back to the wild after trauma and rehabilitation, or captured and examined and possibly tagged.
9. Pest Control. Small wildlife such as raccoons, birds, opossums, and reptiles such as snakes, lizards and alligators are relocated in dog crates from populated areas to safer and more natural surroundings by Pest Control companies.
10. Punishment. Never, ever use a dog crate as a punishment device.
Where Should the Dog Crate be Located at Home?
If at all possible, set the dog crate near you when you are home, or if it is large, in an area that you spend the most time in such as the living room or kitchen. If you can not move the crate to your bedroom at night, try to move it close to your sleeping quarters as possible. It’s important to remember that your dog is a pack animal and he wants to be near you 24/7 when possible.
Irrespective of where your dog’s crate is located in your house, children must be taught that it is his particular room and they should not pester your dog or puppy when he’s in his crate. This will give your dog the assurance of knowing he can retreat and rest or”hang out” for as long as he wants and no one will disturb him.
Careful consideration must be made to before buying a dog crate that will satisfy all your needs for your dog later on.