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Crate Training - Choosing the Right Crate For Your Dog

Crate training is an essential part of dog training. It can help modify certain bad behaviors. It is also a great way for housebreaking your dog. On some occasions it can also double as a small dog house. Having a crate has numerous benefits. It is important then to choose the right one for your dog.

The first thing you have to consider is your dog. You would want him to fit comfortably inside the crate. This is one of the most important factors when choosing a right-sized crate. Your dog should feel right at home when inside a crate. Make sure that he is able to stand-up, sit and lie down perfectly with enough room to spare.

Next, you want to consider what to use the crate for. This also determines what it should be made of. A hard plastic case with heavy mesh wires is ideal for home use. The wire is also good for keeping your dog cool because of its excellent ventilation properties. It also makes it easier to look after your dog because of minimal obstructions.

If you do a lot of travelling and want to take your dog with you, a crate makes this possible. A hard plastic carrier is a good thing to have inside your car. It helps keep your dog safe and secure while travelling. Depending on your needs, you may want to buy two separate crates for your home and your car. Collapsible crates that are easy to store are also on hand for portability.

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Be aware though that not all dog crates advertised as "collapsible" do a good job. Some are difficult to set-up. Others are just impractical that they do not really fold down to a truly compact version.

If you are going for crate training, you will use a crate quite frequently. Also, your dog's behavior should be considered. These are just some of the reasons why you should think about build quality.

Crates made of wire are the more popular choice among dog owners. They also offer better ventilation. Plastic dog crates on the other hand are lighter and easier for travelling. However, your dog may chew on the plastic which may compromise its structure.

The last but perhaps the most important thing to consider when buying a dog crate is its price. A good quality crate for medium-sized dogs could run up to hundreds of dollars. Keep in mind though that it can outlast several dogs if used properly. It is also guaranteed to pay for itself in the long run in giving you peace of mind.

Dog crates can be found at your local pet store. Hardware and department stores also sell these products. For bigger savings, you might want to try wholesale pet supply companies. Take your time in selecting a crate for your dog.

Crates can solve just about any problems you may have with god training. It also makes your dog feeling safe and secure in a familiar environment. Get one for your dog and start crate training as soon as possible.

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