How To: Selecting the Right Crate For A Happier Dog

January 27, 2016 2 min read 0 Comments

Two Beagle Puppies Cuddling In A Crate
Kendall Abbott author of cHow To: Selecting the Right Crate For A Happier Dog

Lots of people assume that it is cruel to lock a dog up in a crate, but that is simply untrue. Think about where your dog likes to relax and sleep. They like to curl up in small, confined spaces, like under the bed, hidden in the corner or maybe even under the covers. Dogs are den animals, even wolves and wild dogs have been known to burrow in holes when they sleep. At SitStay, we proudly offer a wide variety of dog training tools, including high quality dog crates

Crates can actually provide a solution for anxiety and nervousness, and they can even help you to house train your dog, but it is important to use them correctly. That is why we have come up with this guide to crate training your dog:

Size

The key is to find a crate that is large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and stretch out comfortably in, but not so large that your dog feels that he or she can relieve themselves in it and still have room to lay down in another part of the crate. If you are using a metal crate then you should put a blanket over part of the crate to create a cozy cave-like feel to the crate with bedding and old towels. If you are training a puppy with a metal crate you can even get a crate divider which allows you to make a larger crate smaller to assist with potty training. 

Location

Where you place your crate is very important. You don't want your dog to feel like their crate is a punishment, which is why you should place it in a busy room of your home, like your living room or kitchen. Being near you is important for your dog. By placing the crate near where you spend time, the crate can been seen as an inviting option.

Bedding

Putting a dog bed in the crate will help to train your dog how to control their bowels. That is because dogs will avoid relieving themselves where they sleep. It can also help your dog to stay comfortable!


Meet The Author 

Kendall Abbott

Kendall Abbott obtained her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Kansas, she then went on to pursue her education and love for animals by attending the Animal Behavior College. Kendall began her professional career as an animal care technician for the Kansas Humane Society. After finishing school Kendall followed her passion for dog training and took a position with Beyond The Dog. After 5 years she then left to focus on being a freelance dog trainer.