Solid plastic crates can do double duty on plane or car trips, and they have a more den-like atmosphere, which an easily overstimulated dog may prefer. However, you can make a wire crate cozier by draping a blanket over the top and sides, leaving the door uncovered.
Finally, you may want to put a dog toy and a metal water bowl in the dog's crate to make the atmosphere seem more congenial. You may also want to put a cover (i.e., a blanket) over the top of the crate if it happens to be placed inside a sunlit room.
Crates are not the most attractive item of furniture, but special crate covers in a variety of fabrics can be purchased or made, or a lightweight blanket or a sheet can be arranged over the top and sides. Partially covering the crate is a good idea as it will make it more den-like, but be sure that in very warm rooms the cover is pulled back sufficiently to allow air to circulate. A board can be placed on the top of the crate, and there you have a new, and probably rather useful, new table! If you do use the crate top as a table beware of placing items such as hot drinks on top which may spill and hurt the dog, or any food, drink, or other item which may fall or be pulled into the crate and harm the dog.
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Some dogs feel more secure if a blanket is draped over the crate
Probably the best bet for a pet's home crate is a plastic or wire crate. I favor wire crates, as they fold flat for storage and are more economical to purchase. Plastic crates are sturdier and often feel more secure for your dog, as the walls are mostly solid. However, there are very sturdy metal crates that can be purchased, and you can always cover a wire crate with a blanket if your dog needs more privacy. For an escape artist, either a plastic crate or a rugged (not collapsible) metal crate would be best. Both plastic and metal crates can be fortified using strategically placed zip ties. If you are looking for a crate that matches your decor, fashionable dog crate furniture combos that double as end tables are available!A metal, collapsible crate with a tray floor works well, as long as the crate is large enough for the dog to stand, turn, and stretch out. Some dogs feel more secure if a blanket is draped over the crate. A plastic traveling crate or a homemade crate can also be used. Playpens or barricades may also be successful as long as they are indestructible and escape proof.Our dog loves to have pillows and blankets around the edge of his crate. i like this idea. we'll try it with cheap body pillows and some diy straps to secure them to the frame of the crate...probably with a more durable cover on all the pillows that will hold up to a 60lb husky mix rooting around in his bed. lol!This is a very effective correction for small dogs or puppies who are in small crates that are light enough to lift. When your dog starts fussing, lift his crate off the ground and give it a little shake, using the “quiet” command as detailed above. This works best if your dog doesn’t see you doing it, so do it from the back side of the crate or with a crate cover, towel or blanket over the crate.