Regardless of where we live, it is important to provide our canine companions with a safe living environment inside, outside and in vehicle transportation and travel, in the form of a dog crate, cage or carrier.
In the event of a collision, cages/crates, or vehicle barriers, will provide the best protection for your pet. However, NEVER leave your pet in a hot car, even with windows cracked. In as little as 2-3 minutes, pets can suffer heatstroke and even die from high temperatures.
When used appropriately, dog crate cages are beneficial and calming – a great solution to giving your dog a private, quiet space. Our canine companions instinctively are den animals that prefer their own space when they want it. A wire cage/crate will provide that safe, secure, indoor refuge. It offers room to move around in with plenty of space for resting that dogs know is theirs.
To be sure you select the right size, you must measure your pet before you select a crate/cage.
Take a measurement from the ground to the top of your pet’s shoulder, plus an additional 3 inches; this will give you the minimum height for your pet’s crate/cage. The next critical measurement is from the head to the base of its tail plus an additional 3 inches; this will give you the minimum length for the crate/cage. You must be sure your pet can stand comfortably, turn around, sit, and lie down.
A divider panel can be added if needed to reserve extra remaining space, until your pet grows into it. A divider panel is a wire grate inserted in the cage to make the cage smaller. The panel allows you to buy one cage for the life of your dog. When the puppy is full grown or reliably housebroken, the panel may be removed from the crate. When selecting a cage for an adult dog, and you’re not sure which is the best size, lean your selection toward a larger size.
A wire crate/cage is a valuable necessity in housetraining puppies since they will generally not soil the area where they sleep. For this reason, the wire crate/cage helps in teaching the puppy to control its bladder. The wire crate/cage environment safely contains the dog when you’re away, assisting in the control of destructive behavior resulting from teething, stress, or separation anxiety. Wire crate/cages are available in two types: non-foldable and foldable for easy transport.
Casual Cratewear is a key piece to providing true comfort and protection for your pet from numerous crate-related injuries. Casual Cratewear is a complete 3-piece crate bed set that includes crate cover, quilted bumper, and crate pad to provide total comfort for your dog. Perfect for protecting wagging tails from painful injuries against metal bars as well as preventing permanent tooth damage caused by chewing on metal. Casual Cratewear prevents crate sores and entrapped paws, and helps avoid collar strangulation by collars and tags caught between bars. Although you should always remove the dog’s collar inside a cage, it is possible the collar may become caught on the wire and hurt your dog. Casual Cratewear provides safe conditions, potentially saving hundreds of dollars in veterinarian bills.
Dogs love the comfort Casual Cratewear provides. The bumper is filled with allergy free and mildew resistant poly fiber, and it’s machine-washable. The thick durable padded sides and reversible mattress provide comfort for dogs, creating a natural and relaxing den-like security atmosphere that helps to reduce barking. Casual Cratewear features Velcro for an easy-on and easy-off decorative cover, making the crate attractive in your home.
High-quality and long-lasting wicker dog crates are the ultimate dog crate that combines sturdy craftsmanship that will stand up to wear and tear, style and comfort, easily cleaned with soap and water, and won’t absorb odors, water or stains. Not only does it give a dog a great safe home refuge within your home, but a beautifully designed wicker dog crate is classy, stylish, looks great and can actually compliment many decors while still being very functional, providing your dog a comfortable environment while satisfying your dog’s natural instincts to relax in a den and release stress. Great for dogs of all ages, but not intended for puppies in the chewing stage.
There are tent-style cages (soft dog crates) made from canvas or nylon that set up quickly making them ideal for traveling, camping, or any time you want to give your dog a place of its own.
Pet carriers, such as the Bergan Wheeled Comfort Carrier, come with wheels for easy travel as a rolling case. The pet carriers can be used as a backpack, tote or car seat, and they meet most airline travel regulations. Extendable sides give you additional space to carry all your pet supplies. Pet carriers are ideal for smaller dogs up to 25 pounds. Also, for car travel, you might consider a vehicle pet barrier.
It all depends upon the individual dog but chances are very good in the adult years your pet will become very comfortable in its crate/cage, and enter under its own desire, looking to the crate/cage as a cozy refuge when stressed, tired, or simply wishing to be alone.