Crater training for both a pup and adult dog is beneficial, even though some might argue that crates are unnatural and uncomfortably confining. However, small, enclosed crates depicts the feel of a den, and often relaxing for pup wanting to spend some alone time.
So how do you create the best crate for your dog?
Choose a suitable size
The crate should be big for your dog to stand up, move around, and sit without any hassle. And one of the reasons crate trainings are important for your dog so that he/she doesn’t excrete at the place. Do note that the crate is large enough, your dog might fall under the impression one area is to sleep, and the remaining one is to pee.
If you have a pup that is still growing, then create a crate to accommodate dog beds and his peak size but not without blocking the extra part at the moment.
There are different humane societies and vet’s offices that provide crates on rent, quite an option to have one and trade it for a bigger one as your pup grows with time.
But if you’re using a crate for air travel, make sure your booked airline or FAA approves the type or size of your dog’s crate.
Select the right kind
There are a number of different kinds of crates available including plastic, soft, and wired. The idea is to consider your dog, his behavior, and surroundings before buying the right type.
Wired crates are quite cheap, offers space to breath, and is made with dividers for walling of a specific part of the crate to cater a yet-to-grow pup.
Plastic crates are relaxing for most dogs and are often preferred for air travel. However, not the right buy in case you live in a hot region, and dogs that get hot easily.
Soft-sides crates are light and portable. On the down, these crates serve as a perfect time pass for pups that likes to chew them out, also they are difficult to clean properly.
Place the crate at an appropriate spot
When you initiate the crate training sessions, the best places are put the crate is kitchen, living room, or any other space where you and other family members spend the most time. We must understand that dogs like to socialize and stay in the thick of the crowd.
In other words, avoid putting the crate in isolated places like a garage, basement, closet, etc., in no way your training should make your dog feel like he is being left out, or being grounded.
During sleep time at night, move the crate in your bedroom so your puppy can stay within your sight and you can take him to the bathroom whenever needed.