Most dog trainers would include a crate like this one on their list of dog owner must-haves.
Crates speed up housebreaking because dogs generally won’t soil their own “den.” It also keeps peace in multi-animal households, helps dogs rest after surgery or illness, and keeps them from being destructive when they’re home alone.
Though most people start crating their dog while they are still a puppy, I wanted to try crate-training with Cow at four years old. Though she’s never destructive and doesn’t have potty accidents, I wanted her to learn to enjoy being contained in case we ever travel with her, or she has to stay overnight at the vet’s.
Actually, the biggest reason I wanted to crate-train Cow was because she loves sleeping with me and Matilda in my twin-sized bed. In order to dissuade the guilt I’d feel from kicking her out of bed, I wanted to make sure her crate was, to her, a castle.
Disclaimer: I received a dog crate and compensation in exchange for my review. I only feature products that me, Matilda and Cow absolutely love!
About The Intermediate Double Door Crate
The Intermediate sized crate is for dogs up to 30″ long and 23″ tall, which is roomy for Cow. When choosing a crate size for a puppy, select one that will suit them for their entire life. This crate comes with a divider so you can make the interior smaller. Some puppies will soil the empty side if their crate is too big.
What I really like about this crate is the side door. When I use it to feed raw meaty bones indoors during the winter, it’ll be so much easier to wipe down without taking the bottom tray out.
I also like the dual locks on each door. Though Cow is not an escape artist, the dual locks help keep the door closed in the event that your dog tries to dig their way out.
Otherwise, this is your standard wire crate. It folds flat and it’s lightweight so you can bring it along when you travel so your dog’s sleeping quarters will always feel like home, whether you’re at a hotel or grandma’s house.
Would I Recommend The Intermediate Double Door Crate from Carlson Pet Products?
I would suggest this product to anyone bringing home a new dog or puppy, or in need of an upgrade from an older crate.
It’s lightweight, so I wouldn’t recommend it to extremely powerful dogs. I also wouldn’t use it in a car – you should use a crash-tested seatbelt harness or carrier for car travel.
Ultimately, this crate is a framework for your dog’s happy place. Fill it with blankets, toys, treats, chews, and be sure to build positive associations by keeping it open as often as possible.
Cow’s intermediate double door crate is furnished with a dog bed, pillows, blankets and toys. She always covers her eyes when I’m working late with the light on, so I draped a blanket over her crate so I can continue burning the midnight oil without disrupting her beauty rest. It really has become her “castle”!
Does Your Dog Need A Castle?
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