Best Crates for Dogs


I wasn’t initially a big fan of the whole concept of crating a dog but the more I looked into it, the less concerned I became. Dogs should not be left at home all day. They are sociable animals and separation anxiety will set in after a relatively short amount of time. I know people who have left their dogs for 30 minutes by themselves and have come back to carnage!

Owners prevent this problem by leaving their dogs in a crate whilst they are out. This isn’t as bad as it initially sounds to someone who’s not familiar with the process. The dog will feel relaxed and protected within this familiar surrounding.

However, it is important that you get the right one for your type of dog. This is not your average dog breed. This dog needs some space and likes to escape so we need to be a bit careful as to the type of crate we go for. Generally speaking – go large.

There are only two crates I’m going to recommend for you. Really, there’s no need to look at anything else. As long as you get something large enough and made well enough, you’ll be fine. The only other question is aesthetics, which is why I have the second option.

What are the best crates for dogs?

MidWest Homes Dog Crate

This is your traditional dog crate that is large enough to allow your dog room to move around and stretch its legs. However, it is not too large. The reason why crates work is that it enables your pet to feel at ease and secure, if this environment is too big then it reduces this comfort factor.

This MidWest Homes dog crate is (arguably) the best you can get. It’s large, secure, open and has rollers on the bottom which will help protect any wooden flooring that it’s sitting on. It folds up into a portable size that is completely flat in just seconds to make storage an absolute doddle.

The devil, as always, is in the detail though. You may (or may not) notice that all the edges are rounded so your doggy can’t hurt itself on any of them. The pan at the bottom is easily cleaned and easy to remove. The crate comes with a guarantee of course and happens to have a very good support service also.

If you’d like to check out the latest price of this product, you can do so here (opens in a new window).

Richell Wooden Table Crate

So, here’s the other option. It’s a little smaller than the above but still considered as ‘large’ and would still easily look after the majority of dogs. It’s not a problem for everyone but some people consider the typical wire mesh crates just a little bit unsightly. The wooden crate is the solution for this as it can be used as a table as well as a crate for your little furry friend!

There’s a removable sliding tray at the bottom which is easily cleaned and the main door can be opened fully to allow for very easy access.

The advantage of this over a typical wire-mesh crate then is obvious. It’s a space-saver as it can be used for multiple uses.

If you need a crate but think the usual style isn’t for you or doesn’t look right in your home, then perhaps this is the right thing for you. Click here (opens in a new tab) to get the latest price.

Why Do Dogs Need Crates?

There are people who are against crating dogs as they feel it is a form of confinement. I totally understand that feeling (as I used to feel that way also) – but that was before I understood about dogs and how they are affected by separation anxiety.

You see, a crate will provide your dog with a sense of security. This is something they won’t have if they are given free roam of the house whilst you’re out.

Using a crate shouldn’t be abused though and a dog certainly should not be left alone all day, whether in a crate or not. It can have many benefits though, such as:

  • House training the young dog.
  • As a tool to prevent destructive behavior which is seen after separation anxiety takes hold.
  • As a way to calm your dog down and ensure they are relaxed.

The Crate is NOT a Punishment

The crate is most certainly not a punishment and your dog will know that. In fact, as I said above, they see it as somewhere that they feel safe and relaxed. This will be a gradual process though and will get easier with time. Encouragement using the occasional treat can certainly help the process move along a little quicker though.

It is not a good idea for you to assume that as soon as you get the crate it is okay for you to leave your dog in it for long periods of time. Again, this is a gradual process and at first they should be able to use it with the gate open. Over time though you can close this door for a few minutes at a time and build up the duration slowly.

Familiar Scents

Put some of your clothes in there with your dog so they have a familiar scent to reassure them at first. My recommendation would be to not leave in anything you want to wear again as it may come out in more pieces than it went in!

Summary

In my opinion, a crate is actually the kindest way of preventing separation anxiety if you need to pop out for an hour or two. Whether you decide to go for something like the traditional crate or the wooden variety, it will be money well spent. At the end of the day, the best crates for dogs are the ones that keep them from anxiety.

Finally, if you’re worried that your dog is suffering from anxiety or looks depressed – here’s the best way to tell for sure.

Matt

I'm Matt Pettitt, joint founder of the Pets Knowledge Base alongside my wife, Jane. Since I was just 2 years of age I've had pets in my life - which I don't mind admitting is 47 years! I strongly believe that when you introduce a pet into your family you should do everything you can to give it the best life possible. I've learned a lot during the past (almost) five decades and this blog gives me a medium to share everything I have learned ( both good and bad) about pets. If you'd like to know more about us, and how to contact us - take a look at our About page here!

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