10 Accessories for a Dog Kennel
If your dog's crate doesn't feel particularly homey, these dog kennel accessories can help make it more comfortable for your pooch.
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Dog Crate Cover
One of the most commonly purchased dog kennel accessories is a cover, like this one. The MidWest Homes for Pets Dog Crate Cover fits snugly over wire crates, covering the sides and top to give your dog privacy and make the space feel more like a den. Crate covers can also help prevent dogs from waking up as soon as the sun comes up, giving you more time to sleep in.
Dog Crate Replacement Pan
If your crate didn’t come with a floor pan (or if your dog damaged it), you can get one like the Frisco Dog Crate Replacement Pan for cheap. This plastic pan comes in various sizes to fit most wire crates, and there are a few benefits to having one. First, it will give your pup a solid surface to stand on, reducing their risk of getting a nail caught on the crate’s wires. And it also makes it quick and easy to clean up any accidents that might happen in the kennel.
Stainless Steel Hanging Pet Bowls
If your dog is going to be in its crate for an extended period, you can give them food and/or water with the PETMAKER Stainless Steel Hanging Bowls. These come with hangers that attach to the side of a wire crate. Each bowl has a 20-ounce capacity, allowing you to provide your dog with plenty of provisions. Plus, the stainless steel bowls are durable and easy to clean in the dishwasher.
Pet Crate Fan
Help your dog cool down on hot days with the O2COOL Pet Crate Fan. The five-inch fan includes two plastic brackets that allow you to clip it onto the exterior of a wire crate, providing a gentle breeze to keep your dog comfortable. Because it’s battery-operated, it’s also a useful tool to bring along if you ever use your dog’s crate in the car.
Universal Crate Casters
If you plan to travel with your dog’s crate or move it around the house frequently, you can make it significantly more portable with the MidWest Home for Pets Universal Crate Casters. These wheels come in sets of two, so you’ll likely need two packs for a total of four. They can be installed onto the bottom of most wire crates. With these wheels installed, you can simply roll the kennel around as needed. The wheels also have locks for when your dog is inside.
Plush Dog Crate Mat
Plastic crate floors aren’t the most comfortable surface to sleep on, so your dog probably will appreciate a product like the Frisco Mocha Swirl Dog Crate Mat. The cozy mat comes in most common crate sizes, and the polyfiber cushion has a plush, velvety surface that’s perfect for snoozing. The non-skid bottom keeps it from moving around. Clean-up is easy, just toss in the washing machine. It’s like a dog bed for the crate.
Divider Panel for Puppies
Many people use crates when raising puppies. If you have a kennel that’s too big for your growing dog, the MidWest Homes for Pets Divider Panel will come in handy. This panel can be installed in a wire crate, creating an appropriately sized area for puppies to rest in. In general, you want your dog’s crate to be just big enough for them to stand up and turn around. If it’s any bigger, they’ll have space to go to the bathroom, which defeats the purpose of crate training.
Dog Crate Topper
If your dog’s crate is in a central part of your home, you can turn it into a stylish table with this Dog Crate Topper. It’s made from Douglas fir, stained the color of your choice — perfect if you want to match your decor. It includes lips on two sides to prevent the topper from sliding around. The seller offers a variety of sizes to match your kennel.
Calming Training Aid
The Groov Training Aid is a useful tool if your dog doesn’t like going into its crate. This cool dog toy attaches to the wall of wire crates; you can spread peanut butter or another food over its nubby surface to encouraging your dog to lick the treat. Groov can help calm dogs down and reduce their anxiety about being in the crate, making the experience more positive for them.
Snuggly Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy
When you first bring a puppy home, they often miss sleeping with their litter mates, which can cause them to cry at night. The Snuggle Puppy Behavioral Aid Toy can help smooth the transition. The cute stuffed animal has a pulsing heartbeat to make them feel like they’re sleeping with another dog. You can even put small heating packs into the Snuggle Puppy to further help your new dog feel right at home in its crate.