3. What type and size of crate do I need?
The type of crate you should buy depends on how you plan to use it. Will you be
traveling with your pet often? If so, consider fold and carry crates, which are
convenient for transport and storage. Consider a corner pin crate if you intend
to assemble and leave the crate in one consistent area of your home.
The size of the crate you should purchase depends on the size of your dog.
Your dog is physically comfortable when the crate is tall enough for your dog to
stand up to his full height without having to duck his head, wide enough to
allow your dog to lie on his side and stretch out, long enough for him to lie
down stretched to his full body length without having to curl up. Puppy owners
usually purchase crates according to the estimated adult size of the breed. To
avoid keeping your puppy in a space that is too large, you can use divider
panels. For more details on suggested crate sizes for particular breeds, click
4. What is a divider and why should I need one?
If you have a puppy and want to make an investment in a crate you will use
throughout his growing years, divider panels allow you to buy a crate for the
adult size of your breed. If the crate is too large for your puppy, he may use
one end to curl up and another end to soil. Crate dividers make the crate
smaller, so your puppy can be trained to wait until let outside. You can
gradually expand the space for your puppy as he grows. Dividers also add
versatility to your pet's home and save you money (you don't have to keep buying
new crates as your dog becomes too small for his old one).
5. What is the difference between Zinc and Epoxy coating?
Zinc coating is a bright silver or gold finish on the crate. Epoxy is a finish
which is available in black and designer colors, not just silver or gold. Both
types of coating are durable and attractive.
6. How easy is it to assemble a crate?
Very easy! Corner pin crates have six separate panels that are secured together
with a "drop-pin" in each of the four corners. These crates require no
tools for assembly. In fold and carry crates, panels are connected and set up
7. How do I clean the crate if my dog has an accident?
Using floor grids will make cleaning the crate easier. Floor grids are
removable, vinyl coated grids which allow you to remove the crate pan without
disturbing your dog. Do not use a cleaner with ammonia. Urine has ammonia in it
and that smell encourages your puppy to come back to the same spot within the
crate. Use a cleaner which neutralizes the odor and cleans the area at the same
time. Baking soda and vinegar some suggestions. Make sure you use a cleaner with
a biologically safe reaction.
8. What room should I put the crate in?
One of the main reasons for using a crate is to confine a dog without making the
dog feel isolated or banished. As a result the crate should be placed in a
corner, near a "people" area in the home. Make sure the area is free
from cold drafts or direct heat. Your dog should be able to have privacy, yet
feel as though he has company when people are home.
9. How long can my pet stay in the crate?
Don't leave your very young puppy in his home all day. At six weeks, a puppy can
hold his bladder about four hours. By eight weeks, five hours. By 12 weeks, six
hours and by 5-6 months a puppy should be able to hold his bladder for an
eight-hour work day.
10. Should I put my dog in the crate when he's naughty?
Never use the crate to punish your dog. Your dog's home should be his secure
place, it should not be associated with punishment, fear or anything negative.
11. Can a crate help housebreak my dog?
Yes! Since dogs will not usually eliminate where they eat and sleep, a crate can
help train the dog to soil when let outdoors.
12. What are the advantages of wire crates?
Wire crates allow your dog to see more of his surroundings, offering good
visibility in all directions (this may be a disadvantage, depending on the dog
and the situation). Wire crates also allows more air circulation, which may be
an advantage in hot or humid climates and can typically be folded flat or easily
disassembled for carrying or storing. Wire crates can be easily cleaned.
13. What are the advantages of plastic crates?
Plastic crates restrict the dog's view of his surroundings (this may be a
disadvantage, depending on the dog and the situation). Plastic crates provide
more insulation, which may be an advantage in cold or wet climates. They can be
disassembled for storage and can be used as an open dog bed by removing the top.
Many plastic crates are airline approved, please contact specific airlines to
make sure your crate is approved. Plastic crates usually weigh less than wire
14. What types of toys should I put inside the crate?
Toys can help make the crate a more familiar area for your dog if you are just
beginning to crate train. Use safe toys only, nothing the dog or puppy can tear
apart and choke on while you're not there. Rawhide chewies are not good for
unsupervised dogs. Squeaky toys need to be monitored, because the squeakers can
be removed and swallowed and may cause the puppy to choke.
15. Is is safe to crate my dog with his leash on?
Never crate a dog with a choke collar on or leash attached. Dogs can choke
themselves to death.