Dog Crate Covers. How do you even begin to choose the right one for your dog’s crate when there are so many to pick from?
We have narrowed it down to the basics for you to make it easy to choose your dog’s crate cover. We’ve been digging through the literally thousands of available options and have come up with the 10 Top Tips for the Best Dog Crate Covers.
We have evaluated the seller’s claims and assessed this against the three important criteria of safety, protection and comfort for your dog.
The claim from one seller that “Stylish crate covers reduce barking and stress” is absolute nonsense. Stylishness is irrelevant to your dog’s safety, protection and comfort. It may be nice for you to look at but that doesn’t rate anywhere in our 10 Top Tips for the Best Dog Crate Covers.
Not all dog crate covers are made equal. We will equip you with the information to spot the difference between the best dog crate cover and those that are essentially a waste of money. And it’s not just about the size and color.
And if you are still on the side-lines and wondering if you need a dog crate then check out our useful Guide to Crates for Dogs.
Now we’ve included some of the various dog crate and dog cage covers with their particular features so you can see how widely they vary depending on your dog’s needs. Following these we get into our 10 Top Tips so that you can shop with confidence for a dog crate cover for your dog’s crate or cage.
10 Top Tips for the Best Dog Crate Covers
Tip Number 1
The purpose of dog crate covers is to protect your dog in their safe place – their dog crate.
Protection spans from internal to external and we’ll look at those individually too.
Tip Number 2
Your dog’s safety must not be compromised by inferior or inappropriate materials or fastenings.
Tip Number 3
Your dog’s health is important and keeping a clean house improves hygiene and reduces the presence of nasties. Learn more about dog beds in our articles 3 Dog Bed Mistakes To Avoid and Top Tips For Dog Beds. The fabric should be durable enough to withstand regular machine washing and drying (preferably in a dryer without shrinkage).
You will need two dog crate covers if neither are machine washable and dryer friendly.
The only benefit of a dog crate cover that is reversible is it will provide you –not your dog – with possibly a different design. If a dog crate cover is dirty it needs cleaning and not reversing.
Tip Number 4
A dog crate cover should provide security for your dog in their safe place. Access in and out of the dog crate should not be inhibited or hindered by a dog crate cover. So it is essential to match the crate cover openings to the dog crate.
Tip Number 5
Your dog should be comfortable in the dog crate. This extends to temperature, ventilation, padding and access.
If your dog crate will be on the move with you consider if it will need a bumper to protect your dog in the same way they protect a baby in a crib.
Tip Number 6
Dog crate covers should be made of materials suited to the environment in which you will use them. Matching the climate and environment to the materials and fittings is essential for improving your dog’s comfort.
If you live in a warm climate year round then lightness and breathability of fabric is important. Conversely in a cold climate water-proofing and insulation will be high on your list of ‘must-haves’.
A humid climate requires you to make sure that the fittings and attachments are rustproof.
If you are in a cold or windy climate consider fabrics that are windproof to protect your dog from cold blasts.
Consider the sun and if your dog crate cover needs to keep out UV rays giving your dog added protection? Will you need a dog crate cover that will block intense sunlight?
Tip Number 7
Dog crate covers should allow your dog to be breathe the external air and also provide viewing areas to see through. How are the front, side and/or top panels removed to provide viewing and access? Is this convenient for you and for your dog?
Tip Number 8
Fasteners should be attached firmly and securely so that your dog cannot dislodge and accidentally swallow them. The attachments and fittings such as Velcro, zippers, tabs, snaps, buttons, grommets and other fasteners should be fit for the job. They should also be comfortable for you to handle.
If your dog crate has handles and you will be moving it with you when you travel will you need to remove the cover to carry the dog crate? Or does the dog crate cover provide its own handles and straps or are there at least openings for the handles of the dog crate?
Tip Number 9
Tailor-fit the dog crate cover to the dog crate so there are no loose bits to cause a hazard. This can be made easier and more flexible with elasticated bottom hems and drawstrings.
Tip Number 10
You should be able to ‘dress’ the dog crate in the dog crate cover with ease. It should not be a struggle. The dog crate cover must be easily removable for cleaning.
If there is a pan inside your dog crate then make sure that you are able to comfortably access it for cleaning, preferably without having to remove the entire dog crate cover.
Dog Crate and Dog Cage Covers
Precision Pet Indoor/Outdoor Crate Cover
Tailor-fit, heavy-duty water resistant fabric constructed with reinforced double stitching and heavy duty zippers, allows for outside or inside usage
Side mesh windows with roller shades to adjust visibility and ventilation
Back zipper provides easy on and off, as well as easy pan removal.
MidWest Polyester Crate Cover for Wire Crates
Dog kennel cover allows easy access to front, rear & side doors on 1, 2, or 3 door crates (no top door access)
Hook & loop tabs hold dog kennel cover neatly in place converting the dog crate into a cozy “den” like atmosphere
Dog kennel cover is made of 100% durable polyester, the crate cover is machine washable/dryer safe & includes 1-year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Classic Accessories Insulated Kennel Jacket
Zippered roll-up door and two side windows for ventilation and easy access
Recommended for plastic kennels-may fit some straight wire crates
Elasticized bottom hem for a fast and snug fit
molly mutt Royals Crate Cover
Door panel rolls down on 2 sides for full closure, or snaps keep it open for easy access.
Durable & washable
Cold water wash & then hang dry (or tumble dry low)
Pet Dreams Side-Door Crate Pad, Crate Cover and Bumper Set
Fits crates from Midwest, Precision, Four Paws, and more
Bumpers protect your pup the same way they protect a baby in a crib
The soft, comfy crate pad is reversible
Pet Spaces Adjustable Kennel Cover
Drawstrings for flexible sizing
ProSelect Solar Crate Canopies – Protective Coverings for Dog Crates
Prevent overexposure to sun and heat while allowing pets to enjoy fresh air outdoors
Innovative and incredibly lightweight canopies are made of a highly reflective material that will block intense sunlight
Designed to block 70–80% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays
Features grommets for easy attachment to wire exercise pens, kennels, crates, RV canopies, trees, and more
Mud River Dixie Kennel Cover
Two-Ply 1200 D Poly exterior
Microlite 3 insulation increases temp 30-40 degrees
Dual top carry handles
Removable window flaps
Four D rings for tie down
How To Choose The Right Size Dog Crate
Dimensions for dog crates are typically represented by length (L), height (H) & width (W).
Length: Measure the length of your dog from nose to tail then add another 4 inches for comfort.
Height: Measure your dog from the top of the head to the ground and make sure you add ears into the measurement if your dog normally has erect ears.
Extra Small Crates
Dog weight: Between 1 lb. to 10lbs.
Breed Examples: Chihuahua, Shih Tzu, Yorkie, Papillon, Havanese plus others.
Dog Weight: Between 11 lbs. and 25 lbs.
Breed Examples: Jack Russell Terrier, Maltese, Pug, Boston Terrier plus others
Dog Weight: Between 26 lbs. and 40 lbs.
Breed Examples: French Bulldog, King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, Miniature Schnauzer, Welshie plus others.
Dog Weight: Between 41 lbs. and 70 lbs.
Breeds: Bulldog, Labrador, Boxer, Australian Shepherd plus others.
Extra Large Crates
Dog Weight: Between 71 lbs. and 90 lbs.
Breed Examples: Rottweiler, Dalmation, Collie, Golden Retriever plus others.
Dog Weight: 90 lbs. and up
Breed Examples: Great Dane, Mastiff, St. Bernard, Irish Wolfhound plus others.
Training is Always the Answer
At DIY Dog Projects, we think that teaching your dog good behavior is the most important and most rewarding project you can do for and with your dog. We hope this article has helped to inform you about Crates for Dogs and their uses. But that will only be the first step as you will need to train your dog to become comfortable in his sanctuary. Do not contemplate putting your dog into the dog crate and just taking off. This could do more harm than good. Check out Doggy Dan the Online Dog Trainer (below) and let him be your guide to dog crate training.