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June 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 208

Dog crates are an essential part of any canine household. Wire crates are among the most popular because they are unobtrusive, and can be folded up when not needed, or to transport from place to place. They are fairly heavy, which can be a positive if your dog tends to rock around while crated.

Select a wire crate of the appropriate size for your dog, who should be just able to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably. Anything larger will not provide the same sense of security to your dog, and may result in eliminating in the dog crate. Dogs instinctively won't eliminate where they sleep, but a pet crate which is too large may give the impression, to the dog, that there is room to do both.

Wire dog crates have a pan in the bottom which keeps the dog from having to stand on the metal slats. You can place a crate pad, blanket, or pillow in the bottom for additional comfort. However, some dogs will chew or dig these materials, even if they don't do so outside of the crate. In that case, it's probably safer for the dog to avoid using them.

Most wire dog crates have two doors: one on the side and one at the end. You may find that one or the other is more convenient depending on the situation. For example, the crate may be fitted into an area in the home that wouldn't be possible if only one door option was available. Similarly, you can switch locations easily without worrying about access to the door.

The doors close with one or two simple latches. Rarely, a dog will figure out how to open the latch. With a wire crate, you can simply add a padlock or another clip which the dog can't operate. No other crate style can be adapted in this way.

Most dogs like being in a pet crate. It satisfies their instinctive need for a den: a cosy spot, surrounded on all sides, in which they can totally relax. Left home alone, at large in the home, dogs are hyperalert, keeping an eye on things for you. Other dogs become bored and find entertainment in destroying furniture or other property, which can also be a safety hazard for your pet.

By putting your dog in a wire crate when you can't watch him, you give both your dog and yourself more peace of mind. You don't have to worry while you're out what your dog is getting up to. Dogs like routine, so regular crating can become a source of comfort in that way, as well.

Dog owners like wire crates because they have the most flexibility. They are more understated than plastic dog crates, and can be decorated with fabric that matches the room's d├ęcor. The ability to fold up the crate when it is not needed is another very handy feature. They're also chew-proof, so they can be used for any dog.

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