One of the most important purchases you’ll make for your puppy is a crate. It will serve as both a haven for your dog to rest and sleep and as a tool for house training your puppy. It also ensures the safety of your puppy as they are going through their phases of exploration and chewing and will help to protect the items in your home from being destroyed in chewing sprees.
Taking into account the anticipated size your breed of dog will reach will help you to select the size of crate to purchase. The area that your dog needs as a puppy and as an adult dog varies, of course, and this can be modified by sectioning off areas in the crate. Metal crates are designed to easily do this. The sectioning off is to allow the puppy an area that is several inches larger in height and width so that he or she can move comfortably, but keeping it small enough to avoid making it easy to create a separate area for bathroom purposes. When house training your dog, this will prove to be a valuable tool in teaching him/her to hold their bladder for the short periods of time that you need to keep your dog crated. A dog does not want their bathroom to be in their bedroom area any more than you’d want your toilet in your bed.
Metal Wire Crates
Metal wire crates can easily be folded for portability and offer ventilation and easy visibility so that your puppy will still be able to see you when you are first getting him/her used to being in their crate. It offers ease of cleaning and can be sectioned off easier as your dog grows. Once your dog becomes more comfortable in the crate, you can easily drape a cloth over the top in order to create a more calming atmosphere and a feeling of security.
Plastic crates are available as well and can feel more “den-like” to your dog. Some dogs may prefer the more private feel. They are easy to clean as well and are the type that are best for traveling. In fact, they are the type generally required if traveling by air. They do tend to take up more space as they are not easily stowed out of the way when not in use, but if you will be setting aside a special space for your new family member, this should not be much of an issue.
Soft sided crates are available as well and offer a comfortable resting area for your dog, but tend not to be the best choice when your puppy is just starting out as they can more easily be chewed. If your puppy is a “chewer,” you may want to avoid this type of crating in order to protect your puppy from swallowing something foreign.
Choosing The Best Crate For Your Puppy
Whichever type of crate you choose, situate in an area that is out of the way, but where your puppy can still see you and/or family so that he/she feels secure. Make sure that the area is not extremely loud, drafty or in direct sunlight. You may consider having more than one crate if your family tends to use separate areas of the home at different times, especially if the crate is large or bulky.
Selecting the best dog crate for your dog is a very important first step when bringing your new puppy home. It will ensure the comfort of your puppy and you will receive much peace of mind as a result of this important purchase.