Finding the Right Crate For Your Home and Pup
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There are a lot of crate options to choose from, and we have put together a list of some of the most popular crate from including different styles to help you narrow down your options. If you're about to start crate training for the first time, check out our Crate Training 101 article too!
There are several important considerations when choosing a crate, and it's best to try to think long term. If your pup is young and will continue to grow, you might want to find a larger crate that will accommodate your fully grown pup that also comes with a divider. The divider allows you to section off the crate to reduce the amount of space they have while they are small. If your pup has too much room, he or she may try to potty in one corner of the crate, which will undermine your house training work. Using a divider, you can gradually expand their space as they grow to help with potty-training. Once they are grown and/or house trained, you can remove it completely.
There are two primary styles of crates: the popular and affordable wire crate; and decorative or furniture-style crates that will blend with most home furniture. The wire crates are usually best if you are working on house training since they have plastic floors that are easily washable, and usually are available with a divider. Furniture-style crates can keep your living space looking nicer, and there are a variety of styles available, and they tend to vary in cost depending on manufacturer and quality.
One other thing to consider--If your pup is house trained and you just want to keep them out of mischief while you're away, think about setting up an indoor pen for them. This option is often overlooked and it works great even in smaller apartments since most of these are designed to easily fold up so they can be stored or moved easily. You can view a few of the more Popular Pens here.
MidWest Homes Dog Crate
The Midwest Homes Crate comes in a variety of sizes, door configurations, and even more. Larger crates also come with a divider. A divider will allow you to start your puppy in a larger crate without giving them full roam in the crate, which is great for crate and potty training. One style also has a second door on the longer side, which allows for more placement options in your home.
Internet's Best Decorative Dog Kennel
This Decorative Crate from Internet's Best is designed for smaller dogs since it measures just 21.5” Width x 30” Depth x 22” Height. Its design looks great next to the sofa or other furniture. It has two doors, so you can access it from the side or front, and it also includes a bed!
Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate
The Casual Home wooden crate comes in more sizes and can accommodate most dogs. It has a solid wood construction that looks great next to the sofa or in its own space. You will need to find an appropriately sized bed for it since it doesn't come with one, but we have plenty of great options here.