Dog Crate Shopping 101: The Lowdown of Extra Large Dog Crates
If you wish to keep your dog in a crate, make sure it’s the right size. When shopping for the right dog crate, make sure you’re aware of the different materials, looks, and iterations available. There are collapsible crates, plastic crates, steel crates, and so forth that best suit the different breeds of dogs out there.
Here’s the lowdown when it comes to extra large dog crates; you should bring your big dog along with you in order to know if a large crate is big enough or not. You should also avoid use the crate for abuse. If you intend to keep your dog inside a crate for extended periods of time, then you should reconsider whether or not you’re even fit to take care of a dog at all.
Choosing the Right Dog Crate
- When shopping for a dog crate, you should get one that fits your dog best. Don’t get plastic ones if they’re gnawers, because they might end up with a stomach-full of plastic by the end of it. Collapsible crates are great for small apartments and when traveling. Big crates should be chosen instead of steel cages since your dog is not a wild animal that you should keep locked up inside a cage every time. The crate should be associated with positive feelings, so feed them snacks before tucking them to bed inside their own personal crate.
- The crate should be their safety zone instead of a place of fear and punishment. A dog that wears a collar should have the collar removed before moving into his crate because it’s like, for him, having his shoes removed when entering the house. There have also been dogs that choked to death with their tags or collars caught within the bars of these extra large dog crates, so it’s also a safety concern. Also choose the right crate in accordance to the dog using it. Naturally, the bigger the crate, the more expensive it is (save for some exceptions).
- It’s also a brilliant tactic to buy a crate with a crate bumper (if you’re familiar with a cot bumper, it’s essentially the same thing except this time it’s for crates). Never use the crate to punish the dog or make him think he’s being punished because he’s likelier to fear it or associate it with you being mad at him when you’re not really upset at all. The more positive the association with the crate, the likelier the dog will own or possess it as a personal den of sorts.
- Your dog crate’s bigness should be big enough to have dividers when dog is still puppy size so that you can adjust the side of it all until he’s big enough to encompass the whole crate (or when you’ll need to buy a new crate). This will avoid puppies toddling off into a corner and turn part of the crate into a toilet and the other clean half into his bed. Make the crate larger in accordance to the growth of the dog. Just move the divider as he grows up. You can remove it altogether when he’s completely housetrained or outgrown it.