Saturday Survey: Dog Crate or Dog Cage

We’ve often talked about crate training on doggies.com, but I know some people use cages instead. What’s the difference? It’s not in the construction at all, but rather in the function.

A crate is typically used to give your dog a place to get away from it all, his own personal den. It can also be a useful training tool when you are housebreaking. A cage, on the other hand, is typically used to keep your dog out of the way or to punish the dog for bad behavior. So, which is it at your house?


Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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4 thoughts on “Saturday Survey: Dog Crate or Dog Cage”

  1. When your doing that remember that rabbits are very flexible and if the cage’s bars barely hold in the rabbit, you’ll be better off with a normal rabbit cage. You still have to give the rabbit all the things you normally get with a rabbit cage. I know mostly all the people would tell you that that is a bad idea to use the dog cage, but it will be smart of you to use the dog cages.

  2. I think crates are great! Sandy is right- dogs are den- dwellers and fee l secure in small spaces.

    My problem is my mom, who lives with me and can’t take sad puppy eyes. I put the dog in the crate and the moment my back is turned she gets him out!

  3. I use both crates and “cages.” My shelties travel in plastic varikennel crates. At home they all have big wire “cages” that they eat in, rest in, hang out in, etc. Personally, I don’t call them cages, I call them crates or “houses.” No one potties in their oversized wire crates. No crates or houses are used for punishment. The wire crate signifys good things, they get a treat every time they go in them, they are fed dinner in them, etc. I have huge plastic crates in my room that some of them sleep in at night and there’s no punishment to that, and no soiling of their crate. I see no difference between the use and meaning of the plastic crates or the wire crates. My puppies are introduced to plastic crates at 7-8 wks old, where they are fed 3x a day. After each feeding they stay in individual crates for 15 minutes. Each day their time in the crate after feeding is extended by 5 minutes. By the time they are 9 weeks old they move into a wire crate and can eat and nap in their crate, thus learning potty control. Never had an issue with this, works like a charm, and they aren’t afraid of going into a crate or traveling in a crate. Again, crates are not used for punishment. They are used for traveling, sleeping, eating, and potty training.

  4. I beg to differ! Dogs are natural den animals, NOT “free rangers” as stated! Any canine, Such as wolves, coyotes, etc.naturally seek out or make dens. If you put a crate in the room where your family spends most of it’s time,put nice bedding, leave the door open, you will soon see, your puppy or dog will seek it out to rest, or if too much activity is going on or if it feels threatened. Just be careful not to get to large a crate! Dogs do not like to soil where they sleep! But if the crate is too large, the dog will soil in one end and sleep in the other! I have been breeding miniature dachshunds for over 20 years and will happily answer any questions anyone may have.

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