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What Questions Should I Consider Before Selecting A Dog Crate?
Before you shop for a dog crate, take some time to consider how youíre going to use it. This will help you get most out of your investment. The type you choose will depend on your lifestyle, your dogís behavioral patterns and what type of activities you plan to do with your pet. Weíve provided questions below to get you thinking about many different ways that pet crates can be used.
Is this crate for home use only? If youíre not planning on traveling with your dog a basic wire crate is a good choice for an everyday crate. If you're going to keep it in one place you probably don't need a collapsible model.
Are you buying a crate for a puppy? If you have a growing puppy select a crate that your puppy will grow into. Make sure it comes with a divider panel, which will allow you to adjust size of crate as your puppy grows.
Do you take your dog in your car? Itís highly recommended that you crate your dog while traveling by car. You may be able to purchase a crate that you can use at home as well as in your car. Or if you take your dog in car frequently purchasing a separate crate for your car may be best. Either way you may want to consider a folding crate, which is much easier to move around once it is folded up. Even if your dog is not crate trained use still may want to consider crating your pet while in a vehicle.
If thereís any chance that your dog can accidentally get out of your car in a strange and dangerous place thatís a good enough reason to invest in a crate. Crating your pet while youíre driving will also prevent any mishaps that could result from your dog being left loose in your vehicle.
Are you planning on taking your dog on an airplane? You will need a hard plastic airline-approved pet carrier. For small dogs you might be able to use an airline-approved soft pet carrier bag. Wire dog crates are not approved for airline travel. If you travel frequently by plane you may want to look for a hard plastic dog carrier that you can also use as an everyday dog crate.
Do you need a crate that is portable and collapsible? If you plan on moving your dog crate around a collapsible model is a good option. A collapsible model should come with convenient carrying handles. There are also some collapsible hard plastic carriers that can also serve as everyday dog crates.
Do you take your dog hiking or camping? You will certainly want to consider a collapsible soft crate or tent. They are designed to be portable, lightweight and very easy to set up and take down. A warning about soft crates, tents and pet carriers: Ė If your dog is aggressive, chews, digs or experiences anxiety when crated these are not for you.
As you can see, choosing right dog carrier depends on your dogís size and temperament, intended location and use, and function and features that you expect carrier to fulfill. Choose dog carrier, kennel, or dog crate that best suits your needs and how you see crate functioning. Youíll want to pick one that offers most convenience for uses that you have in mind.
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