Are you getting a new pup, brushing up on dog training or just need a super strong cage to transport your dog around? Then you have probably come across loads of articles about dog crates, crate training, puppy spaces... Yep! It can get all a little confusing.
Whether you are a fan of crating your dog of not, or don't know anything about it, lets go back to basics and give you a little run down.
What is crate training?
According to RSPCA Victoria, crate training can be a very effective method of training both adult dogs and puppies. Some of the circumstances that crate training may come in handy include:
- Crating is a great way to teach a new dog or puppy their boundaries around the house.
- The crate can keep a new dog safe when introduced to new environments.
- When you’re travelling in the car to the vet, holidays or to the beach.
- Providing a safe and secure den for some doggy downtime.
Some crates look a bit like prison cells, but according to RSPCA, a crate is intended to be a ‘safe haven’ or ‘security blanket’ for the dog. By nature, dogs live in dens and like small, enclosed spaces, especially when they are feeling a little bit unsure. A crate gives your dog a place where it can ‘escape’ and have a bit of a break. What we like is not necessarily what our dogs like. You will need to train your dog to like the crate, make it a safe and happy place, food, toys and praise is always a great place to start.
Remember that crating provides your dog with a nice place to escape and perhaps calm down. Don't use it for punishment or leave your dog there too long. For more information on crate training go to the RSPCA site or check out the video below of this cute little husky.
How big should my dog crate be?
You want your dog to be comfortable, safe and secure. A dog crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and lie down in. Measure your dog against the crate sizes. You may even want to find a cardboard box of similar size and give your dog a test drive.
What are dog crates made from?
Crates comes in all types of materials. They can be made from plastic, wire or fabric like canvas. For various reasons, some of these materials are better than others. Fabric or canvas crates are great to store away and although tough, the are not very indestructible. Strong dogs can easily get their teeth into the fabric and tear it to shreds. Some wire crates are also too flimsy and easily bent and twisted by a strong dog. The same with plastic, ensure the plastic is tough and thick to with stand strong dogs.
What makes a dog crate indestructible?
For a crate to be indestructible, it will need the following attributes:
- The right size for your dog
- Made from a suitable strong material
- One that latches and locks securely
- Does not have attachment that your dog can chew on
- Well ventilated
As each dog is different, and although the principles are the same, indestructible for a Yorkshire terrier is a lot different to that of a Ridgeback. For the best indestructible dog crate, assess your dog, it's size and strength and make the decision accordingly.
Need help finding the best indestructible dog crate?
We always like to lend you a little hand here to help you find the right crate. Although never a guarantee, here is what we have found.
1. Zinger Winger DX5000 Deluxe Dog Crate
The very strong Zinger dog crate is made from lightweight durable aluminum. Aluminum crates are perfect for dogs who regularly destroy, break or chew plastic and wire crates. The lockable slam latch is a flush mounted and is keyed for added security so that someone cannot simply open the crate and walk away with your dog. A Zinger dog crate is fully vented down each side and along the back wall to provide maximum comfort for your dog. Our open design allows air to pass freely thru the door aided by the triple rows of lower and upper vent holes which surround the crate.
The Zinger DX5000 is 28"Wide x 32"High x 40"Long and the crate weighs 49 Lbs and can accommodates dogs up to 150 lbs. The crate arrive flat packed for ease of shipping but can easily be assembled once it has arrived.
2. Impact 450 Dog Crate
The Impact dog crate is another aluminum dog crate which tends to be longer lasting than plastic models. It is made from American-made high quality .063 aluminum with a powder coated finish. It is both heavy duty, lightweight, and will help reflect heat away from your pup. The construction is welded rivet and comes, powder coated and has larger ventilation holes and door openings. The slam latch is marine grade and automatically locks in place for no hassle security. This crate is made int he USA and is International Air Transport Association (IATA) compliant.
The Impact crate 450 is 40"long x 28.5 high x 23 wide (inside dimensions) and arrives flat packed for ease of shipping but can easily be assembled once it has arrived. This size is suitable for dogs
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3. Pro Select Empire Dog Crate
The ProSelect Empire Dog Crate is another strong dog crate which is designed specifically to contain powerful or aggressive dogs. The crates feature strong steel tubing, stout dual door latches and heavy-duty welding at stress points. Constructed to be the Alcatraz of pet cages, the ProSelect Empire Dog Cage ¾" frame is forged from 20-gauge steel and reinforced by ½" diameter steel tubes for the strongest, sturdiest, most durable cage on the market. Designed specifically for powerful dogs that are able to claw or chew their way out of other cages and crate. Finished in long-lasting, high-grade hammertone, rust-resistant and durable, the ProSelect Empire Dog Cage includes a floor grate, steel tray, and four removable locking casters for added mobility.
Inside dimensions of the Pro Select Empire crate are 40 3/4" long x 28 1/8" wide x 31 3/4" high.
While smaller dogs can be contained in weaker crates and pens, larger more boisterous dogs will need something more secure. Crates may seem quite pricey but they are definitely worth the money. With a nice cushion or blanket in the crate, a toy and a tasty treat and you will be well on the road to giving your dog a happy little puppy place that will last your dog for years.