Dog Enclosures: Dog Pens Vs. Dog Crates

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As a dog owner, there will be times when you’ll need to confine your pet for his safety and the safety of others. The tools that are typically used to do this, are either a dog crate or a dog pen. However, how will you know which type of enclosure is right for your situation? Regarding this question, below is some information to help you better understand the uses of Dog Enclosures: Dog Pens Vs. Dog Crates.

What’s The Difference

A Dog Crate

Although designs tend to vary, a crate is a simple box that has 4 sides, a top and a bottom.

A Dog Pen

Dog pens are typically bigger than a crate and tend to look like a play pen for children.

Determining which of these confinement tools you’ll need depends on the situation, but it’s generally useful to have both handy. Below are a few reasons why you might need/use one or the other.

Dog Pen Uses

When your dog has to be confined for more than 4 hours

Pens are useful when you need to restrict your dog’s access to one area of the house. However, you still want to allow enough space for your dog to change positions and move around comfortably.

Limit Home Access

If you need to do another task away from your dog, you can easily set-up a pen to restrict your dog’s access to other areas of the house, while you go cook, clean or attend your other tasks.

Limitations Outside The Home

If you’re visiting a friend or bringing your dog to work, a portable dog pen can be used to casually create a safe restriction, so as to keep your dog from venturing off to places he shouldn’t go.

Dog Crate Uses

Useful During Emergencies

Training your dog to comfortably sit in a crate, can come in handy during emergency situations. If for some reason you have to go to a friend’s house or an evacuation center—during an emergency—having your dog in a crate will make the process easy for everyone involved.

4 Hours of Confinement

If a visiter comes to the home that is unfamiliar to your dog—for example, the cable guy—you’ll want to confine your dog, so that the visiter can move around freely. Also, if you need to cook or do some other chore that requires that your dog is safely out of your hair, a crate can be quite useful.

Note: Please note that it is inadvisable to confine an adult dog in a crate for more that 3 to four hours. Puppies should not be confined for more that 2 hours.

Sleeping Area

In the case of sleeping, dogs don’t need to reposition themselves as much, when they are awake. So, using the crate as a sleeping area is a viable option, even though they’ll be in it for more than 4 hours. However, you should make sure that you’re available, just in case they need to do their business as soon as they get up.

House Training Tool

A dog crate can be a useful house training containment area, because dogs are known to wait when they are in a crate. However, be sure to be mindful of using a crate size that will comfortably accommodate your dog. Also, be sure to frequently take your dog out for pee and poop breaks. The amount of time you’ll need to do this depends on your dog’s age, size and past behavior. If you don’t take your dog out of the crate for frequent potty breaks, he’ll evacuate in the crate, which will complicate your house training efforts.

In conclusion, there are a few good reasons to keep a dog crate and pen around. However, they should not be used as a form of punishment and it is inadvisable to confine your dog for long periods of time. If you gently and patiently train your pet to be comfortable with either a pen or a crate, these tools can come in handy, when you’ll need to safely confine your dog. Thanks for reading “Dog Enclosure: Dog Pens Vs. Dog Crates”.