A Refreshing New Twist On Dog Cages: Soft Crates

As you are probably aware, all dogs come from a common ancestor: the wolf. It doesn't matter what breed of dog you have, whether it's a Lab or a Husky, your dog has common traits that were passed down from wolf genes. One of the most common personality features in dogs is the need to have an area that they can call their den.

For years, dog owners have used dog crates and dog houses as a modern version of dens for their pets. According to the American Humane Association, dogs need a den to call their own to feel safe and secure.

"If you don't provide your dog a 'den' of its own, it may make do with whatever is around - a chair, the narrow place behind the couch, or the wedge of space between the bed and the wall," says the American Humane Association.

Not only does the absence of a den (crate) make your dog feel uneasy, it can also lose you the best spot on the couch. In the wild, a canine would look for an area that is large enough to sleep in, but small enough make them feel protected from all sides.

Unfortunately, the common design of most modern dog crates is not only boring; it's cold and awkward. Imagine a steel wire cage and that's the den that most family dogs call home. These dull cages are unwelcoming for most pooches and can destroy the flow and vibe of a room. According to most dog trainers, crates should be in an area where the family spends most its time, so that their pets don't feel isolated or abandoned. This means that your living room can quickly turn cold with the presence of an unsightly metal cage.

Checking Out The Newest Soft Dog Crates

"Without change there is no innovation, creativity or incentive for improvement," said William Pollard.

The newly designed soft dog crates are the perfect example of a great product that was born out of the need for improvement. Trusted pet manufacturers saw the need for a dog crate that easier to assemble, more attractive to the eye and more portable for dog owners. Check out some of the latest models that are currently available at Pet Street Mall:

  • MidWest Canine Camper: This portable soft-crate was originally made for outdoorsmen and hunters that needed to a den for their dogs on camping trips, but there is no reason that this breathable crate couldn't be used inside the home. The Canine Camper comes in four different sizes and is made from water resistant material, plus it comes with a synthetic sheepskin sleeping pad to keep your dog comfy no matter where you go.

As you can see, there are many different types and styles of soft dog crates on the market, but their purpose remains the same. By allowing your furry friend to have a comfortable, secure den you are giving them refuge they need from their personal sanctuary. Originally designed for the dog owner on the move, these new soft crates can also be used at home, which offers a much more pleasant look than the metal bars on traditional dog crates. So, when it's time to get a new den for your dog, it's time to think outside the box and go with something that you and your dog will appreciate wherever you go.

If you're still unsure about which soft dog crate is right for your pet, be sure to ask the pet experts at PetStreetMall.com by calling 800-957-5753. The animal lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the pet products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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