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5 Top Tips for Using a Dog Crate

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Dog crates are a fairly simple piece of kit but one of the most useful items that any dog owner can have. On the face of it, putting your four-legged friend into a cage or crate and carrying them around may not be all that appealing. Nevertheless, it's something that you'll just have to do - or at least, something that you'll wish you could do at some point.


Dog crates are just an incredibly effective way of getting your dog from a to b with a minimum of fuss. One thing that should be made clear though - they're not for keeping your dog in for any significant length of time. Here are a few situations where a dog crate could be extremely useful:

Transporting puppies or untrained dogs

Until your dog grows out of the extremely energetic and inquisitive puppy stage, or until you train your dog how to behave in a moving car, giving them their freedom can be extremely dangerous in a moving vehicle. If you can't count on your dog staying still whilst your driving, then most cars won't be suitable without a dog crate - you should never put them in the boot unless its open to the rest of your vehicle and has plenty of room for them. Even a small dog should never be put in an enclosed, confined space that isn't built with them in mind.

A trip to or from the vets

When your dog is ill, he/she may not always behave the way you'd expect. Additionally, once they've been to the vets, their treatment could have left them a little unsettled. Dog crates ensure that you can keep your dog comfy whilst you take them to or away from a check up or appointment at the vets - and they can also be brought into the waiting room, so your pet doesn't get worked up by the scent of other animals. If your dog has hurt their leg this can be even more useful, as you can often lift and carry smaller breeds fairly easily.

Travelling on public transport or on planes

Obviously not an option for larger breeds when fully grown but puppies and smaller dogs can be safely transported on long-haul trains or even on short-haul flights where you've got approval from the authorities - as long as you can make sure they're stored safely in a dog crate.

House training

Until your dog is house trained, you have to keep a pretty close eye on them or find yourself cleaning up a lot of mess and maybe losing a fair bit of money. A dog crate will let you leave your dog overnight or whilst you're at work without worrying that they might run amok whilst your away.

Keeping your car clean

Unless you're lucky enough to live in the countryside the chances are that to give your dog proper exercise, you'll have to occasionally drive them somewhere slightly less built-up. If you take them there, then the chances are they'll get pretty dirty - extremely dirty - whilst they're off the leash. A dog crate lets you keep the mess confined to a small part of your car, rather than potentially all over the upholstery.

Rupert Brown

Rupert owns and runs Muddy Paws with his wife Emma. Having set up the company when Oscar was a puppy 8 years ago (the famous chief tester here at Muddy Paws HQ), Rupert has lots of experience when it comes to looking after a canine companion. Visit Rupert's Google+ profile.

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