Hey there, fellow dog parents! Ever been bamboozled by the sheer variety of dog crates in the market? Well, you’re not alone.
Choosing the best crates for french bulldogs can be a daunting task. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. In this article, we’re going to dive deep into the world of dog crates.
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What is a Dog Crate?
A dog crate is essentially a wire, plastic, fabric, or metal cage designed to provide your dog with a safe and secure space.
Picture it as your pet’s personal den where they can retreat and unwind.
Importance of a Dog Crate
Dog crates play a vital role in training and ensuring the safety of your dog. They provide a convenient way to confine your dog when you can’t supervise them, prevent destructive behavior, and serve as a handy tool for house training.
Different Types of Dog Crates
Wire crates, also known as metal dog crates, are a popular choice among pet owners.
These are the crates of choice for us.
Advantages of Wire Crates
Wire crates are well-ventilated, durable, and often come with a removable tray for easy cleaning.
They also provide your dog with a clear view of their surroundings, which can help alleviate anxiety.
Easy to break down and store, the front and back usually fold down first and then the rest folds on top. Only taking seconds to set up or break down. The front usually has a clip (as you can see below the door) that keeps the tray in place and easily folds down to allow the try to slide out without having to maneuver out through the door space.
Drawbacks of Wire Crates
However, they may not be the best choice for dogs that like to chew or for those that require a more secluded space.
Adding a crate cover can help the crate feel more like a den!
Tend to be on the heavier side.
Wire stacking crates or metal stacking crates are popular with dog breeders.
These allow Breeders to take up less floor space and have more dogs. They often have plastic trays in the bottom like standard metal crates, however the trays are under the wire. Which allows for easy clean up of poop and urine.
I don’t like these crates. People who use these, usually keep dogs and puppies in these crates 24/7. Because the bottom is wire, this causes pressure on the feet to be unevenly distributed. The toes are forced apart and feet will be permanently splayed, and thats only one of the problems wire bottomed crates cause.
If you’re using wire bottomed crates (stacking or not) provide a tray or even surface for the dogs to stand/sleep on. And remember dogs should NOT be crated 24/7. Crates are used for sleep, safety, and house training purposes only.
Plastic crates are typically more enclosed than wire crates, providing a more den-like atmosphere.
Advantages of Plastic Crates
They are lightweight, portable, and great for traveling. Plus, they are often the go-to choice for airline pet travel.
Drawbacks of Plastic Crates
The downside? They lack the visibility and ventilation offered by wire crates.
Usually equipped with a metal door, these are usually used for shipping and transporting animals in airplanes and trucks. Many trainers and boarding facilities use these types of crates because the high quality ones have hooks on the outside for easy tethering.
LPF Preferred Pastic Crate
One plastic crate we like is the KindTail PawD crate. Designed with safety in mind, after the founder and designer had an accident with a metal crate, this crate is easy to set up and store. Foldable and lightweight. The door is hooked on to the side to stay open.
Available in a variety of colors and matching Portabowls.
We like this crate for traveling. Its also aesthetically pleasing!
Soft-sided crates, made of fabrics like nylon or canvas, are a hit among pet parents on the go. Great for air travel.
Advantages of Soft-sided Crates
They are the lightest among all types, easy to set up, take down, and transport.
Drawbacks of Soft-sided Crates
However, their durability is a concern, especially if your dog is a chewer or scratcher. Plus, cleaning these crates can be a bit of a challenge compared to their plastic or wire counterparts.
Wooden crates are the stylish ones of the lot. They blend in perfectly with your home decor, doubling as furniture.
Advantages of Wooden Crates
Their aesthetic appeal is their main selling point. They also provide a cozy, den-like feel for your dog.
They can be custom made!
Drawbacks of Wooden Crates
The downside? They might not be the best choice for “chew-happy” dogs, and they’re not as portable or easy to clean as other types.
Heavy-duty crates are the ultimate choice for dogs who are expert escape artists or have anxiety issues.
Advantages of Heavy-duty Crates
Constructed with heavy-duty metal, they are extremely durable and escape-proof.
Drawbacks of Heavy-duty Crates
Their heft and bulk make them less portable and more expensive than other crate types. Starting in the $500s and passing $1000s
“Impact” is a great brand.
How to Choose the Right Crate for Your Dog
Now that we’ve covered the different types of crates, let’s talk about choosing the right one.
Consider Your Dog’s Size
Your dog should be able to stand, sit, and turn around comfortably in the crate. But remember, too much space and your dog might turn a corner of the crate into a bathroom!
Consider Your Dog’s Personality
Is your dog a chewer or an escape artist? Then a heavy-duty crate might be a better choice. If your dog is calm and loves a cozy corner, a wooden crate could be just right.
Consider Your Lifestyle
Are you a frequent traveler? Soft-sided or plastic crates would be perfect. Prefer something that complements your home decor? Go for a wooden crate.
Consider Your Budget
Crate prices vary widely. While heavy-duty and wooden crates are on the pricier end, wire and plastic ones are more budget-friendly.
Crate covers are great for giving that den feel.
Crate pads aren’t bulky full sized beds but offer more support than a blanket. Dogs need cushioning for their bones to prevent arthritis and skin rubbing. They’re also usually machine washable.
Don’t use these for dogs that like to shred beds, they do have stuffing.
Crate Bowls and Feeders
Crate bowls and feeders are great to have in moments when you have to be away for extended periods of time. Such as long work days.
They’re also great for when your air conditioning is out. Make sure your dog has access to fresh cold water through those tough days.
They hang or attach to the sides of your pets crate.
There are many different types and styles of feeders, plastic ones like these may not be the best option for heavy chewers or young adolescents.
Some of our older dogs have these in their crates, other youngsters will remove this style and chew on the plastic parts.
We like these for our whelping room, its usually too difficult for small pups to remove and keeps them from playing in water and making a mess.
We attach them to our metal playpens.
Play around and figure out what works best for you!
Choosing the perfect crate for your dog is a combination of understanding your pet’s needs and your lifestyle. Take time to evaluate the pros and cons of each type, and you’ll be sure to find a crate that’s a perfect fit for you and your furry friend.
Can a crate be too big for a dog?
Yes, if a crate is too big, a dog may use one end to sleep and the other as a bathroom. It’s essential to choose a crate that is the right size for your dog.
Is it cruel to crate a dog?
No, when used correctly, crates serve as a safe, cozy den for your dog. However, a dog should never be locked in a crate for long periods.
How long can a dog stay in a crate?
The duration depends on the dog’s age and training. However, adult dogs shouldn’t be crated for more than 8 hours at a time.
Can a puppy sleep in a crate overnight?
Yes, but ensure the puppy has ample time outside the crate for play and exercise. Remember to place the crate near your bedroom so that you can hear if they need to go out during the night.
What to put in a dog crate?
A comfortable bed, some chew toys, and a bowl of water (if you’re leaving them for a couple of hours) should be sufficient.
Avoid leaving items that can be a choking hazard.