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Help and advice on shopping for: Dog Crates

From the largest Border collie or Golden retriever to the smallest Toy poodle or French bulldog, Swell Pets offers a wide range of crate and cage options to provide your pet with shelter, comfort and a place they can call their own. Dog crates and cages are popularly used for dog transportation, especially during car journeys as they keep your dog secure and offer comfort. A dog cage, or crate, is an area for your dog to claim, store their dog toys and snuggle up in their dog bed.

What sort of dog crate should I buy for my car?

The most common reason for buying a dog crate is for dog transportation. When you’re buying a crate for your car ensure that you both measure your car and get a cage that is big enough for your dog. Generally, you don’t want a cage to be too large for car journeys as to help your pet settle but you still need it to be big enough that they can comfortably turn around, lie flat and stand on all fours with their head raised.

As for securing your dog crate in the car, smaller crates can be secured using seatbelts but larger ones will need to be secured in the rear of the car. The requirement to secure your dog is stated under Rule 57 of the Highway Code and is a legal requirement.

How big should a crate be for a dog?

You can buy everything from an extra-large to an extra small dog crate at Swell Pets. The general rule of thumb for buying dog cages is to ensure that your dog has enough space to comfortably turn around and lie flat if they need to, this gives you a rough guide to the smallest crate suitable. However, dog owners may want to consider buying a much larger crate for their dog if they intend to use the create permanently to create more storage space for dog beds and dog toys.

Is it cruel to crate a dog at night?

No, crating a dog at night isn't cruel as long as it has had crate training, is comfortable within the crate and is in a crate of the right size. If your dog shows any signs of discomfort or distress while being crated then you should let them out and consider further training or pet advice. Most dogs can be kept in a crate and will eventually see it as a place of comfort and safety when they are distressed, which can make it an invaluable training aid. Some breeds, such as the Cocker spaniel and Welsh springer spaniel are known to particularly enjoy settling down in a crate. A crate can also help train dogs out of aggressive and destructive behaviours like scratching or chewing.

Which is the best dog crate for my dog?

Choosing the right crate for your dog is as simple as measuring them when lying down, standing and turning around. If your dog can do all these things in their cage then it's suitable for them. In some cases, natural digging dogs, like a Fox terrier or Norfolk terrier, might prefer soft crates over small dog crates as they create a smaller, safe space they can nestle into. For transportation and car journeys, you might want to avoid a very large and spacious crate as a slightly smaller crate will offer stability and help the dog to settle instead of moving around a lot.

Are different dog breeds suited to different dog cages?

While you can crate train almost any dog, different breeds or dogs with different histories and dispositions can result in different needs. More active breeds may need a slightly larger space to allow them to still play while caged. Larger breeds might struggle with crates when fully grown, so it is recommended that all dog's crate training starts at puppy age and that you slowly increase the size of the crate as the puppy grows. In the case of particularly large dogs, such as a Great Dane, you may also need to build a secure crate or house in your garden to give them enough room to be comfortable and relax. Often these are purpose-built with smaller, insulated cages within them for your dog to sleep in.