Dog crates come in many different materials, shapes and sizes, and prices will vary according to both size and quality. My aim is to help you choose the perfect crate for your Cocker Spaniel so that he enjoys it for years to come.
Which type you choose - wood, plastic, heavy duty wire, or fabric - will largely depend on how you plan to use it.
Your pet's cage will need to be cleaned regularly to keep it smelling fresh and free from bacteria, so the easier it is to clean, the better!
Wire crates usually have a tray fitted into the base which can be easily removed for cleaning and the crate can simply be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
Plastic crates can be cleaned in the same way. These are usually much easier to clean and don't take as long to clean as those made out of wire - a couple of wipes and you're done!
Fabric crates are not so easy to keep clean as they need to be sponged clean and can easily stain, however, there are some that are designed so that the material cover may be removed from their
plastic or wire frame to allow them to be washed by hand.
It's important to choose the right sized cage for your pet - too small and he may be cramped, too large and he may use one end as a toilet. .
The right sized cage should be big enough to allow your pet to sit, stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably.
If you're buying a crate for your puppy, make sure you buy one that's big enough to house him when he's a fully grown adult Cocker, and although it will be too big for him now, it will be easy to section part of it off to stop him from sleeping in one end and using the other end as his 'toilet'.
As your puppy grows, you can gradually enlarge his sleeping area.
Very often, manufacturers will recommend which breeds will be better suited to their different cage sizes, which is very helpful.
If you plan to travel with your Spaniel, I recommend you check that the cage you choose will fit into the car and that the boot lid (if you have a hatch back) will close fully.
can buy a specially shaped carrier to fit into the back of an estate or hatch back, where the top slopes to follow the line of
the boot/hatch door.
We've seen that there are many different types and sizes of crates available, with prices to suit all pockets.
Prices may also vary between manufacturers so, when shopping for dog crates - take your time and have a good look around!
Your choice will depend primarily on how you intend to use it. If you intend to do lots of traveling with your pet, what type of travel will that be? If it's by car, I recommend a wire or plastic cage.
If you are planning a lot of air travel, then I recommend you take a look at the plastic airline approved dog carriers or hire a specialist wooden one.
If you're simply looking for something to house your Cocker Spaniel, your choice is open to any of the cages available.
Not all dogs and puppies will take to a crate straight away so you may need to train your pet to accept and use it, but don't worry, you'll find some articles (listed below) on crate training to help you teach your dog to love his crate in no time at all!
Essential rules of crate training - definitely recommended reading to help you and your puppy get the best out of the training.
Crating your puppy
- learn how to teach your puppy to use his crate, and more importantly, to love his
crate right from the beginning!
Crating a dog
- if you're training an older, adult dog this is the page for you. The
training is similar to that for puppies, but it's more focused towards
the older dog who's never been in a crate before, or where he's had
previous negative experiences in crate.
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