A dog crate should be a safe, comfy place for your canine companion to relax. Outfitting it with the right accessories can turn it into the ultimate doggy den.
Make the crate a pleasant experience from day one. Toss treats into the back and let your pet discover them at their own pace.
For house-trained dogs, the crate should be large enough for them to comfortably sleep and move around.
If your dog likes to shred plush toys or is an avid chewer, choose a simple crate mat instead of a plush one.
Provide your dog with some crate-appropriate toys to keep them preoccupied.
Keep your dog comfortable inside the crate. Avoid common hazards like placing the crate in direct sunlight or too close to a heat source.
If your adult dog must be crated for a long period, ensure they get at least 30–60 minutes of exercise before going into the crate.