A dog crate is a metal, wire, plastic, or fabric enclosure with a door in which a dog may be kept for security or transportation. For best results in using crates, crate training is recommended. Dog crates are designed to replicate a dog's natural den and as such can provide them with a place of refuge at home or when traveling to new surroundings. The most common reasons for using a dog crate are for toilet training a new puppy, taking a dog on short trips inside the car, displaying them at the dog show or giving your dog a place to go when visitors come to your house. Types of dog crates.. One variety of wire crate.
There are many types of crates, and variations within the types: Solid plastic crates are usually more suitable than other types for secure travel, such as in an airplane. They might also be safer in a car accident than other types. Disadvantages are that they take up a lot of space and do not fold for storage. Crash tested steel crates such as the Mim Variocage are designed specifically for use in hatchbacks and SUVs for pet vehicle transportation. They have special crumple zones designed to work with the crumple zones of the vehicles and absorb the impact of the accident and have been lab tested for safety. These crates are not intended for use on airplanes or for carrying pets outside of vehicles. They also do not make good housebreaking crates. Variocages are very heavy so they are also not useful as airline crates or carry cages. Aluminium crates can be either fixed or folding. A few of their advantages are: light weight, very strong when constructed with appropriate bracing, will not rust, excellent airflow & vision for the dog, appealing looks compared to wire crates. Aluminium crates are suitable for use at veterinary hospitals, car travel, as a permanent "den" for your dog inside the home and in breeding kennel environments. Some aluminium crates have solid walls and thers have bars. The crates with bars may be more suitable for dogs who need to see out to feel comfortable, other dogs may prefer the den like feel of the solid wall variety to feel secure.