Best Dog Crates- Croft Soft Crate Review
To crate or not to crate?
This is the question facing many dog owners. The need to crate came about for us when our dog became reactive in the car on short journeys. Long journeys and holidays were never a problem.
Dogs and Stress:
Did you know that stress hormones stay in a dog’s body for many hours? We realised that this meant that, as we went out in the car daily, our dog was in a constant state of stress. Constantly pumped full of cortisol and adrenaline- how awful for him! Stress is harmful for dogs just as it is for humans -for more information about the effects of stress on a dog click here.
The Benefits of a Crate:
Crating in the car for short journeys has many benefits:
- The dog feels safe and secure in their private den.
- Crate use is one of the recommended travel methods. For more about car safety with dogs click here for PDSA Recommendations. Please note that most products of this type are not tested for collision safety. This is not a safety review.
- You can ensure that they are not going to damage anything, most importantly themselves, when left unattended and limit the mess of dirty paws!
Finding the best dog crates:
If your dog is a chewer or aggressive, this crate is made from fabric so may not be suitable for you. For dogs that are happy in a crate this is luxury! Made from metal tube structure, with fabric and mesh sides and a fleece floor, it comes in a choice of colours so looks great as well as being practical.
Dimensions can be found on the website so you can order a crate of a comfortable size for your dog(s) and car. The crate has 3 openings (doors) and conveniently folds flat (into its carry bag) for when it is not needed. It is sturdy and well-made. I can tell that we will be using it for many purposes for a many years.
Peaceful Car Journeys!
It is soft and comfortable, and vision can be restricted as you wish using the mesh windows and Velcro window panels.
I can tell that the dogs feel calm and safe in here. They curl up together for a snooze when travelling rather than standing on guard at the window. They are noticeably calmer in everyday life too. We put this partly down to the car crating and their reduced stress hormones.
For the summer months we have adapted the crate with a cool mat and plenty of gusts of air conditioning. They should stay calm, cool and comfortable on those short journeys. For longer journeys we choose a car seat belt and harness. For advice about seat belts click here. For advice about travelling in rental cars with dogs click here.
Top-tip: Measure carefully! We initially ordered a crate too wide to fit the car and had to pay returns and delivery again- oops!
For our other dog recommendations click here.