As a dog owner, you may at times need a crate when transporting your dog or to train your dog when they are not obeying your commands. However, it's important to note that these dog crates are not one crate fits all. Every dog is different and the first crate you find may not be the perfect match for your dog's needs. Read on to learn how you can choose the right crate for your dog.
Although you may use the crate to give your dog a time-out when he's naughty, the crate size should be big enough for your dog. One that is too small is just not humane. At the same time, you don't need one too big for your dog. Make sure to measure & weigh your dog. If your dog is a pup, you may want to consider purchasing a crate that your dog can grow into as they become an adult. You can even opt for a custom-made crate to make sure that it is the perfect fit for your beloved furry friend.
Make sure that the crate is comfortable for your dog. You want to keep him confined but you don't want to torture your dog. Some crates are entirely covered with not much view from inside out This may be helpful for anxiety-prone dogs from being overwhelmed by their surroundings when being transported from one place to another. However, it is very important to consider that the crate contains enough airflow so your dog won't have any trouble breathing or suffer overheating. In consideration of this, dog owners may decide to use either a closed up or open crate depending on the outside weather condition.
If your dog is a small breed, most likely the crate you choose is smaller and relatively lightweight. However, if you have to transport a larger breed of dog, you will need to consider the weight of the crate in addition to the weight of your dog. A sturdy but heavy crate will be very difficult for you to pick up and carry. That is why it is important to check whether the crate is lightweight enough so you can lift both your dog & the crate. You can consider looking into carbon or aluminum material crates which tend to be lighter.
We hope that these three simple tips can help you in your search for the right crate for your furry friend.