Dog Crates for Pitbulls Buyers Guide
Why Crate Your Pitbull?
Crate training has so many benefits for both you and your Pitbull. It’s not cruel or a form of punishment. In fact, crate training is recommended by most vets, rescue centers, dog trainers, and other professionals!
Benefits of crate training include:
- Giving your dog a safe area to go when they feel overwhelmed
- Providing a comfortable place to sleep
- Keep your Pitbull safe when they’re unsupervised (so they’re not getting into things they shouldn’t)
- Helping with toilet training
- Providing a safe space during travel or when on holiday
- Helping you be prepared for emergencies
- Making potential crate rest after surgery or medical treatment less stressful for your dog.
- Crate training also helps to promote good behavior in your Pitbull. It teaches them boundaries and encourages them to become more independent.
How to Choose the Correct Crate Size for Your Pitbull
The best way to choose the correct crate size for your dog is to measure them carefully. Measure their height from their head to the ground when they’re standing evenly on all fours. Then measure from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail.
If your dog is struggling to stand still, I recommend measuring them 3 times and taking an average. Add 2 to 4 inches to the measurements you’ve taken to get the best crate size for your dog. They should have enough room to stand up and turn around.
You don’t want your dog’s crate to be too big as this takes away from that cozy, den-like feeling. For a Pitbull, you’ll usually need a crate that’s between 36 and 42 inches.
If you have a Pitbull puppy, it’s a good idea to get a large crate with a divider so they can grow into it. That way, you don’t have to buy a new crate as they grow.
Dog cages should be comfortable and spacious. Don’t forget to add a comfy bed or blanket for your pup so they can relax in their crate.
What Type of Crate to Choose for Your Pitbull
Pitbulls are strong, muscular dogs with powerful jaws. Therefore, heavy-duty metal crates made from high-quality materials are usually best.
A heavy-duty steel frame with a plastic or metal door and solid latches are ideal. They’re more likely to last over time and stand up to any potential destructive behaviors.
However, this depends greatly on your dog’s temperament. If you have an adult dog or a very calm Pitbull who is well-trained, you might not need such a sturdy crate.
How to Make Your Pitbull’s Crate Comfortable
The size of the best dog cage is one of the main factors in ensuring your Pitbull’s comfort. Choosing the right heavy-duty dog cage is key.
Where you place the crate is also important. Choose somewhere that’s reasonably quiet so your dog has a sanctuary of their own.
To increase comfort in your dog’s crate you can add blankets, crate mats, and their favorite bed. If your dog is particularly anxious, a crate cover can help to make their space darker and more calming.
The crate training journey doesn’t just end with selecting the right cage. Adding in additional elements to increase comfort for your pup can make all the difference in their quality of life.
Finding the perfect crate for your Pitbull helps to ensure they’re comfortable and securely enclosed when needed. Take your time to choose the best crate for your needs.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, (2022), How to Crate Train Your Dog.