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Pet Supplies: Dog Houses, Pet Doors and More

Choosing a system to keep your pet safe and comfortable is easy when you know your options. From gates to doors to outside kennels, this guide will help you find the right products for your pet.

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Types of Pet Containment Systems

When it comes to choosing a pet containment system, there is a wide variety of options available. Finding the right system depends on your needs and your dog’s temperament. This article will teach you the differences between each system so that you can make an educated purchasing decision.

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Dog Crates

Dog crates are perfect for all kinds of pets. But they are most beneficial for pets that tend to be anxiety ridden, hyperactive or overly aggressive. It's best to introduce a dog crate as a puppy. However, with patience and time, an older dog can learn to enjoy a crate as well.

Choosing a dog crate depends on the size of your dog and how you plan to use it. Crates are made from plastic, metal or wire. And they can be portable, collapsible or made for vehicles. If you are planning on flying with your pet, it would be wise to review the approved pet carrier guidelines of the airline you're traveling with.

To help you find the right crate, here are some guidelines.

1. Your dog needs to be able to stand up inside the crate without ducking his head.

2. The length of your crate should be 1½ times the length of your dog when full grown. If you own a puppy, it would be wise to do a bit of research to understand how big he will become.

3. Notice how your dog likes to sleep. Does he stretch out on his side? Does he curl up in a ball? The more comfortable he is in his crate, the more he will use it (even when he doesn’t have to).

4. For puppies, having a crate that's too big will make housebreaking harder. Too much space allows them to make a mess in their crate and still have room to rest. The best option in this case would be to purchase an adjustable crate or a divider panel that you can enlarge as your dog grows.

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Dog Houses


Dog houses provide a safe, secure shelter for dogs. And depending on your region’s climate, the dog house may also provide shelter from weather elements. The most important thing to consider when purchasing a dog house is placing it in the right spot. If it’s too hot, the shelter will bake. If it’s too cold, the temperatures can affect your dog’s health.

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Exterior Kennels

Depending on your region’s weather, an outside kennel or a dog pen is an effective way to contain your pet. When looking for the right outdoor containment system, look for ones that are completely closed in and come with a sunscreen top.

Some regions are hotter than others and it may be pertinent to look into adding an air conditioning unit. If that’s the case, there are several options available. Kennels can be made of wire or hard plastic. Both are pet safe. The only difference is how you plan on using your kennel. If you plan on toting around your pet, the plastic kennel is the better choice.

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Invisible Electric Dog Fences

Invisible Fencing

An electronic pet fence gives your pet freedom and you, peace of mind. Depending on the size of your yard, a system can be installed in a day and training can be accomplished within a week. Electronic pet fences are suitable for dogs that need lots of exercise or for owners that don’t wish to leave their pets in the house during the day. Before you purchase a system, determine how much area you want covered. Most basic systems include a transmitter with the potential to enclose an area of 25 acres. If you have a bigger lawn, high-powered transmitters are available. It's important to remember to change the batteries in your dog’s collar every three to six months. And for those dogs that test the boundaries often, the battery may expire sooner.

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Pet Doors

Pet doors allow pets and owners a bit of freedom. The installation process only requires the standard household tools. The most important part of the installation process is choosing the right size hole for your door. Pet doors range in size from 5-inch x 8-inch to 13-inch x 23-inch. The opening height should be 2 inches taller than the length from the top of the shoulders to the chest, just behind the front legs.

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Pet Gates

Pet gates are a flexible and inexpensive way to contain your pet. They come in many sizes and are designed for all the features in your house, including the top or bottom of the stairs, doorways and irregular openings. There are three types of gates. Pressure-mounted gates require no tools to implement and allow you the ability to move the gate from one room to the next. While they are suitable for most environments, it’s recommended that you never use them at the top of a staircase. Hardware-mounted gates are permanent structures mounted to the wall with screws. They are strong and supportive, but cannot be moved from room to room. Stairway-mounted gates allow you to restrict access to the stairs. Most stairway-mounted gates include a swing-top mechanism that prevents the gate from swinging over the stairwell.

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