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Dog Crates Give Your Dog a Comfortable Home Within Your Home
by Mike Long

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Choosing A Good Dog Breeder
Truth About Pet Store Puppies
Bringing Home Your Puppy
Dog Names
Using a Dog Crate
Puppy-Proofing Your Home
Dog Crates
Mistakes by Puppy Owners
Dog Comfort Within Your Home
Your Dog and Your Furniture
House Training a Puppy
Socializing your Pet
Buying Dog Toys
Mistakes in Raising Dogs
Choosing a Leash for Your Dog
Dog Grooming
The ABC's of Pet Grooming
Communicate w/ Your Dog
Stop Excessive Barking
Adorable Tricks To Teach Your Dog
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Dog for Food Allergies
Treating Arthritis In Dogs
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Dog Separation Anxiety
Dog's Dietary Requirements
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First Aid For Your Dog
Lyme Disease in Dogs
Bathing Tips For Dogs
Choosing Dog Obedience School
Dog Travel Tips
Your Dog Goes Missing
If Disaster Strikes
Interview a Pet Sitter
Dangers At The Dog Park
Dog Chewing
Stop Dog From Digging
Older Dogs Have Special Needs

You can expect to pay in the range of $50-$125 for a good quality model for medium to large-sized animals. While this might seem a tad steep, keep in mind that it will most likely last for your pet's entire life, and even beyond. Properly used, they can provide true happiness for both owner and pet, and the initial cost is soon forgotten.

This can often be a difficult purchase for those with growing puppies. If it's within your budget, you might want to check out the types that include dividers, so it can grow along with your puppy as time goes by.

For the largest selection, and often the best value, some of the biggest pet retailers on the net may be your best bet. You'll find various styles, materials and prices. Some are sturdier or more convenient than others. No matter which way you go, dog crates go a long way to provide a "home within a home" for your pet.

How do I use the crate to train my dog?

It is important a puppy to be trained to use a crate in order to save time and effort in cleaning up after them while they are still being potty trained. Believe it or not, a puppy is genetically pre-disposed to needing a den.

Though you may have furniture that a puppy likes to lay on, they really need something that is completely enclosed, giving them a sense of security and comfort. Isolated rooms in your house are simply too big for puppies, and can leave them nervous, anxious, and even destructive.

Once your pup is housebroken, then you should leave the crate open for them for the entire day. You will likely find that that your puppy will willingly go into the crate to take a nap at various points in the day. When you have to leave for awhile, you can put the dog in the crate, but not for more then four hours at a time.

Remember, even though we as human beings don't wish to be placed in a tiny area where you only have enough room to turn around, you must keep in mind that dogs are not like people. Their ancestors would find safety, shelter, and comfort in their dens. Dogs today find solace and safety inside their crates in the same manner.

About the Author
Mike Long runs a dog training website that focuses on educating people about the different ways of training your dog or puppy. If you would like to learn more, including additional articles, and training tips, tricks, and ideas, check out his site at http://dogtraininginfo.wordpress.com.