If you know that indoor dog crates are essential to keeping your dog safe, comfortable and well trained, you have a few decisions to make. This buying guide will walk you through the process so that you understand all of your crate options and make the best decision for your home and your dog.
Dog crates come in a variety of sizes, but you shouldn’t select
the largest one just to give your dog as much room as possible. They
should have enough height to stand all the way up without pumping their
head, enough length to stretch all the way out comfortably when lying
down, and enough width to turn around when getting comfortable.
Some crates come with inserts that allow you to reduce the interior size of a large crate. These are excellent options if you have a large-breed puppy. You can simply remove the insert to give your dog more space when it is needed.
The most popular indoor dog crates are made from metal wire. Many dog owners like these crates because they are often the most affordable options, they are readily available in local pet stores and online, and they allow the owner to see their pet when inside the crate. The biggest downfall to this style of crate is the appearance. It looks kind of like a puppy jail, and some owners prefer a crate that fits into their home’s decorative style.
There are also some plastic dog crates on the market, but they don’t allow you to see your pet easily and are often only sold in smaller sizes. These crates are often used as dog travel crates, but you can find larger ones designed for indoor use if you look around. They are more sturdy and may be easier to move around your home if needed.
If you are able to spend a bit more on your dog’s crate and want something that is more attractive and nicer to look at, consider a crate that is designed to look like a table. This is essentially a wooden tabletop that you can really use with a wire dog crate built into the underside. This is a great option if you have limited space in your home for a crate, or if you want to keep your pet close to you while they are crated.
You may find many other creative indoor dog crate designs if you look around online. The goal is to find something that fits the needs of your dog while becoming a welcomed addition to your home’s furniture.
If you are a quilter or you know how to crochet, knit or sew simple patterns, you can purchase an affordable wire dog crate without regards to how it will look in your home. You can always make a cover that fits over the top and sides of the crate. You get to choose the fabrics and style of the cover, quickly turning your dog’s crate into a fashionably accessory that looks amazing in your living room, dining room or bedroom.