When crate training a dog, it is imperative to opt for the right crate. The very first decision is which style of crate. The second most important decision is what size of crate to get. There are basically two types of dog crates, one is fiberglass and other one is wire. A fiberglass crate is designed out of three parts. The bottom and top halves of the crate are made from shaped fiberglass. They are held together by plastic or screws fasteners. The third part is the door. It is generally metal or wire with a latch. Ventilation holes are found beside the sides of the crate, though, it can get extremely hot inside the crate owing to how closed off it is. The crate itself is den like as it is dark like a cave. The crate is also very durable and strong. These crates are specialized for pets travel by air.
The other form of crate is wire. The top and all sides are wire. The bottom is generally a plastic pot that can be slid out for easy cleaning. As the crate is so open, it has good ventilation and doesn’t get hot like the fiberglass ones. It also gives the dog a much better view of the outside world activities, which can make him to feel a part of what is going on outside. Though, it is not like den, which is one of the causes to use a crate. A blanket can be put over it to make it feel like den.
Which should you select? If you will be travelling with your pet, you will need a fiberglass crate. These fiberglass dog crates are suitable for air and car travel. A wire crate is hazardous to the dog if the vehicle gets in an accident, while the fiberglass crate will protect the pet. At home, it is commonly a terrific idea to have a wire crate. It is more adaptable in terms of light, openness and ventilation. Bowls are considered to hook on the crate side. This can be used as a lifted bowl for the pet which is better than having the bowl on the crate floor.
As these two different crates have different weaknesses and strengths for different intentions, you may end up having two crates for your pet.
You don’t wish to spend lots of money opting for new crates as your dog grows bigger and bigger though. What you need to do is to opt for a crate wide enough for your dog when he is a fully grown dog. The size can be based upon the estimations on the web regarding the adult size of your dog breed. Though, this crate will be too large for your little pup. The most suitable thing you can do is to partition the crate. As your dog grows, provide him more space inside the crate. Once the little puppy is fully house trained, you can remove the partition and give him the whole crate.