Soft Dog Crates

Soft Dog Crates

buynowcrate-image-blueSoft dog crates have a major advantage over wire crates in that they are so incredibly easy to assemble and disassemble making them ideal for travelling with with a dog or puppy. The soft dog crates can fold flat so are easily transported while taking up the minimum amount of space. Soft crates are also well ventilated; the front, sides, roof and back of the crate are lined with a mesh-like material which allows air to easily flow in and out, while keeping your dog safely inside. The crates are also quite dark inside providing your dog with a natural cavernous environment. Soft crates are more comfortable than wire or plastic because the material sides cushion the animal should he fall against them. 

They are NOT suitable for use in a car as they would not offer any protection in the event of an accident. If you are looking for a car crate we would recommend that you buy one that has had proper crash testing to human safety standards. Checkout for crash-tested car crates.

Our soft crates are ideal when travelling because your dog has his own bedroom with  Simply place his favourite blankets or cushion inside your dog has a familar but secure place to rest. rest.

Many dog behaviourists and trainers recommend crate training dogs to teach them to toilet outside. Dogs, whether domestic or wild, will naturally find a den or safe area to sleep in. In the wild, the mother dog keeps the den clean until the pups are old enough to venture outside on their own to defecate or urinate and puppies learn from their mother that they shouldn't soil their sleeping area. Domestic dogs will display similar behaviour so using a crate is an ideal solution.

To be successful, a good crate-training programme uses positive reinforcement. The crate should be a comfortable and inviting place for the puppy or dog. To accomplish this, the crate can be lined with a soft towel or padding or a piece of clothing with the owner's scent on it, like a worn T-shirt.

The dog should want to enter the crate and luring is easist way to associate the crate with being good place to go. Use food or treats to lure the dog into the crate but ensure the dog is fixed open so that the dog can enter the crate, retrieve the treat and then exit again if he wants to. Cotinue to use this process until the dog enters the crate on his own for the treat. Be sure to praise the dog gently while he is in the crate and use a cue word or phrase for going in the crate such as 'on your bed' or 'go to your room'. Use the cue word as you are putting the treat into the crate and the dog is following it in. Repeat this procedure several times to get your puppy accustomed to going into its crate. Over time, the puppy will see the crate as his den and, when shut in, will ask to be let out to toilet ensuring you can take him to an appropriate toileting area.

TOA dog crates, come in 5 sizes in blue and beige. They are ethical products and have been tried out on the creators' own dogs before being put on the market. Here at Xtra Dog we use TOA dog crates for our own dogs too.

Size Guide: Please note that this is only a rough guide as all breed sizes can vary.

Small - 19.5'  (49.5cm)  Cats, rabbits, small puppies, Chihuahuas

Medium -  24' (61cm) West Highland Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, large cats, large rabbits

Large  27' (68cm) Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Springer Spaniel, Beagle, English Bulldog.

XL - 32' (81cm)  Boxer, Basset Hound, Whippet, Border Collie.

XXL - 36' (91cm) Greyhound, GSD, Labrador, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler, Dalmatian, Doberman, Husky

How you introduce your dog to a crate is very important. The video below will show you how to crate train your dog. Although this video is illustating a wire crate the techniques are the same with whatever shape or form of crate you use.