For the right dog, plastic and wire kennels can be a thing of the past with an attractive wood crate. If your dog has anxiety issues or is an escape artist and can find his way out of Alcatraz, a wood crate may not be the best option for you. Most wood crates will not hold up well to anxiety, chewing or potty accidents, which can destroy cheap wood and encourage repeated bad behaviour. Wood crates are best for dogs that are already crate-trained and comfortable being confined.
For aesthetics, consider what colors/stains/designs would look best in your home. Where in your home will you have the wood dog crate, and are there any aesthetic concerns? A crate should not be associated with anxiety for your dog so you will want to place it somewhere that doesn’t feel like a punishment. That’s why there are so many attractive and stylish crates that you won’t mind having in your living room or bedroom!
Choose a crate appropriate for your dog’s adult size. The dog should be able to stand, sleep, and sit up comfortably in it. If a kennel is too large, your dog may use part of it for a toilet.
There are several major categories for wood dog crates:
Assembly-Required Mass Manufactured Dog Crates: Cheap, assemble-yourself crates.
- These are usually easy for most dogs to blow out of if they are determined enough.
- Most of them do not have metal reinforcement, negligible finishes that can easily be scratched up (and may be toxic to your dog).
- These won’t hold up to much abuse.
Custom-Made Wood Dog Crates: High-end, custom crates that are as sturdy as fine furniture.
- Typically made with dog-friendly stains/finishes
- Sturdy enough for years of use
- Will contain most dogs
- Attractive designs, most offer custom stain or paint options.
Semi-Custom Dog Crates: Compromise between cheaper crates and custom
- Based on the design and construction of custom wood dog crates
- Shorter lead times.
- Sturdier than mass-market crates
While we are against use of a crate as a substitute for appropriate potty training or excessive containment, we recognize the advantages of a dog being accustomed to being in a crate periodically and having a “den” to hang out in. Your dog can learn confidence in being by himself occasionally.