You’ve got your shopping list in hand, eagerly preparing for the arrival of your new puppy pal. Cuddly toys, check. A cute collar, check. And… a crate. You might think it’s just a useful tool to help with potty training and supervision, but you’d be wrong.
By the time you finish reading this blog, you're going to be wagging your tail with joy when you discover these 6 surprising uses for your puppy crate.
Crates are pretty handy. Used correctly, they help to reduce the risk of unfortunate accidents in the house, chews on the sofa legs, and general puppy mischief. They can help pups be safer, feel more secure, and offer serious napping potential. But did you know there are a lot of addtional uses for them too? Here’s how to max out crate-potential and make the most of your pup’s four walls.
1. Travel In Style
As much as they might love the wind in their face, pups should really be securely fastened during travel. I mean, we wouldn’t drive with our head sticking out the window, would we?
The safest and most comfortable way for your new puppy to travel is in a crate; it means fewer distractions for you and more security for them. Don’t get us wrong, a wagging tail in the face is great, just not when you are trying to focus.
Crates can be secured with a seatbelt or additional safety straps. And if potty training is yet to be mastered, you can always pop a pee pad in the bottom of the crate in case of any accidents.
2. Sleepover Staple
Sleepover essentials - midnight snacks, a good film & your favorite cuddly toy. But when it comes to your pup having their very own sleepover, maybe skip the facemask…?
Jokes aside, your pup may need to have a sleepover somewhere new from time to time. Whether it’s a weekend away for you, or an emergency of some kind.
Both your pup and their stuffed sleepover pal will appreciate a crate. It will not only give your dog somewhere familiar to bed down, it’ll also give any puppy-sitters peace of mind that your precious doggo is secure.
Don’t forget, in an unfamiliar place pee pads come in super handy to avoid accidents. Awesome news, because that means your pup is more likely to be invited back!
3. Artists Canvas
Lots of doggos enjoy a covered crate. It’s peaceful, dark, and cosy for them to get some serious zzz…
And what can a cover be? That’s right - a canvas. If you’ve got kids, or are in fact a big kid yourself, why not add a little Picasso to your pup den.
Dog crate decorating ideas could be covering the crate with cardboard, velcro or even handmade curtains. Meaning you can craft, stick, glitter, or paint your way to a masterpiece. Remember to be thoughtful with your design - so your pup can’t chew anything they shouldn’t!
4. Funky Furniture
Indoor dog crates are amazing places, but they do take up a substantial amount of space. If you live in an apartment or small space, it’s always nice when you can find items that multitask.
If your budget stretches, there are some nifty furniture-crate combos to think about investing in. Whether it’s a TV stand, bathroom cabinet, or ottoman at the end of the bed, there are stylish options for every taste and every kind of room.
Or if you’ve got a creative streak - why not build your own? DIY dog crates can be made from pallets, existing furniture, or you could even build around the crate you have. Just remember to keep the materials doggo-friendly, and you’ll be a homeware hero.
5. Desk Buddy
If you’ve been working from home more, you know that focus is key. And there is nothing like the comfort of a snoozing pet under your feet to help keep your mind on track.
One of the best places for this is a crate. It’s once again comfort for them and peace of mind for you.
Because our pups are highly social animals, they like to be near even when our focus is elsewhere. This way, they still feel part of the family, while you do the important stuff that pays for all those treats.
If you can sniff out a DIY project approaching, you could try building a crate into your desk setup. So that when you and Fido need your quiet time, you can share it together.
6. Magic Soother
Along with the obvious bonuses of safety and peace of mind for pup parents, did you know that your crate will also benefit your puppy?
The magic of a crate comes from the fact that it taps into a deep genetic love of denning. Pup’s love to curl up in a cozy, dark, warm space. Often, it becomes a favorite snuggle space and a place for them to go when they might feel overwhelmed or anxious.
Creating a calming, warm, and familiar environment gives your pup exactly what they need to transition into life as your best fur-friend.
With all these benefits in mind, you’ll be on your way to creating a crate heaven, and getting the most out of that square footage. Remember to bear in mind the golden rules of crating as you go:
Make sure it’s warm, clean, and super cozy
Ensure no unsafe chewables are in reach
Allow enough room for your dog to stand, sit, lie down and turn comfortably
Keep it a positive space
Build crate time slowly, ensuring they are never locked in for too long
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