Adopting a new pet is an exciting time for everyone in the family. There are toys, treats, food, and bedding to purchase, each requiring little thought. What does need some thought before purchasing is a crate?
A dog, more than a cat, needs a crate for sleeping, to stay in when you are out of the house, and a place to go and feel safe. There are many different styles of crates available on the market today. Pet Crates Direct can help you decide which type is best for the new dog entering your family and home.
There are a few different types of crate materials to choose from. Here are 5 important tips, about the different materials, crates are constructed of, to help you choose the correct crate for your type of pup.
- Metal (Wire) Crates
Depending on how large your new puppy will grow to be, and if your puppy is known as an “escape artist” or “chew-aholic”, you’ll want to purchase a crate with corresponding materials.
Wire crates are great for those pups who seem to be able to chew their way out of plastic crates. The open-air style also allows the dog more visibility to see what others are doing, making them feel more secure.
On the other hand, if your puppy likes attention, a hard-sided plastic crate may be better to keep him or her quiet until they fall asleep or calm down.
Wire crates can be folded down when not in use; however, you should leave it up so your dog has the option of going inside on their own to rest or get away from things that are bothering him or her.
- Soft-sided (Fabric) Crates
A soft-sided crate, made of a thick, tear-resistant material, will only work with tiny dogs that will remain small. These are sometimes called travel crates and fold flat for easy transportation.
Larger, more rambunctious dogs will be able to move a crate made of cloth, no matter how thick the fabric is, simply by moving around. It’s hard to remain calm when casing a rolling crate with a rollicking dog inside across the room.
- Solid (Plastic) Crates
These types of crates are good for traveling as the dog inside cannot see out except for the wire door. They are typically pre-approved by most airlines as “cargo” and can be used to transport medium, large, and extra-large dogs across the country and around the world.
This type of kennel is also good for dogs that need more privacy for sleeping and calming down.
- Wooden Crates
Most people stay away from the fancy and expensive wooden crates. A dog will be able to destroy a wooden crate, although slowly, and could hurt themselves in the process.
These styles of crates are mostly beautiful and can blend in with a home’s décor. There are also DIY instructions for turning old furniture, like a baby crib or end table, into sturdy wooden dog crates.
- Portable Crates
These are desirable for those who travel with their dogs. There are a variety of materials this style of crate could be constructed of, depending on the size and temperament of your pup. It will also be subject to how far are you traveling, to a dog school across town or to competition across the country.