Dog Health & Care

Indoor Dog Enclosure – Important Guidelines to Follow When Choosing One For Your Dog


Buying an indoor dog enclosure is an important decision in becoming a responsible dog owner. But first, there are several things to take into consideration. These aspects require good research before purchasing an inside dog enclosure inside your home for your pet.  Here is a list of some of the more important things to consider when choosing the correct one. 

Safe materials that make an indoor dog enclosure

The basic decision of purchasing an indoor dog enclosure involves whether to buy a wood, plastic or wire enclosure. A lot depends on personal preference, what type of dog you have, how old your dog is, and why you are containing the animal.

Plastic dog enclosures:

  • Plastic indoor dog enclosures are much easier to carry and are inexpensive.
  • Unlike wood indoor dog enclosure, they do not have splinters or pores where fleas can enter.
  • Cleaning a plastic enclosure is very easy and does not require a lot of effort.

Wooden dog enclosures:

  • Some indoor dog enclosures are made of wood, as many people enjoy the natural look.
  • Wooden enclosures can be used indoors or outdoors, depending on how they are made.
  • To many dog owners, wood is a perfect environment for your dog to live in and offers your dog the required environmental balance.
  • The indoor wooden enclosures ensures your dog more protection whether it is indoors or outdoors.
  • Many people prefer the wooden dog enclosure for its beauty and versatility. 

Wire dog enclosures:

  • Dog breeders, pet stores, and organizations like the ASPCA prefer the use of wire dog enclosures.
  • Wire enclosures are available in various pre-made sizes.
  • They are fairly inexpensive compared to the wood or plastic dog enclosures.
  • The enclosures can be purchased with a floor to keep young puppies or very old dogs enclosed, allowing them a place to toilet while keeping them dry.
  • They can be easily carried from room to room, or from one location to another.
white Eskimo puppy sitting in an white plastic indoor dog enclosure
“If you work outside the home for several hours, your indoor dog enclosure would require a grated floor that can be removed for cleaning…especially if you are containing a young puppy.”

The size of your indoor dog enclosure

The second basic thing you need to keep in mind when buying the indoor dog enclosure is size. It is important that you get the right size, otherwise your dog will not be comfortable.

It is recommended that you purchase a dog home with enough room for your dog to turn around in. They should be able to stretch out properly from nose to the tip of the tail.  On the other hand, if the enclosure is too large, the dog will not feel secure or it will toilet in a larger area.

Note: If you buy a dog enclosure for an outside dog, it is entirely another situation. Only wood or plastic will work in this situation. And you need a sturdier dog house that keeps out the elements. Keeping bigger houses warm during winters is difficult. 

If you order online, you need to measure the height, length and width of your dog…adding several inches to each one. Anything less will cramp your dog severely. It is best to buy at a local agricultural store or one that carries dog houses or indoor dog enclosures. 

Type of top for an indoor dog enclosure

Another major decision that comes in when buying an indoor dog enclosure is selecting the correct type of roof, or top, of the indoor dog enclosure. The wooden dog enclosures generally come in with three types of roofs. First would be the classic pitched roof which is made by joining two peaks of wood. Second would be the single panel roof from front to back of the house. Third would be the sun deck or loft type of roof which is a single or double panel roof with an attached wooden platform on top of it. 

It is important that you get the roof correct as it would be complementing your décor. Therefore, selecting the roof of the indoor dog enclosure is also very important.

adult mixed breed in an indoor dog enclosure
“For shorter periods of time, adult dogs do not require the grated floor but a comfortable pillow or bedding.”

Correct bedding for the indoor dog enclosure

The next important thing to dwell on before finishing the purchase of your indoor dog enclosure is to get the right bedding. Use bedding inside; the best dog bedding for an outside dog enclosure is long-stem grass hay or prairie hay. Straw gets brittle and carries red mites.

It is important you choose the right form of bedding so that your dog is comfortable and warm, while staying away from fleas, ticks, or the red mites I was talking about. It is also okay to use cedar shavings as the oils will not allow the fleas to stay around very long. There are various such other suggestions which should be taken into consideration before finalizing your purchase, so before buying …. start researching on your new indoor dog enclosure!

Additional notes:

Very old dogs, ill dogs, or young puppies will require a grated floor in a wire indoor dog enclosure for catching vomit, urine and/or feces. Most dog owners place the bedding in the back of the enclosure which leaves the front for toileting. This is fine if you have a grated floor. If not, reverse this process or they will be stepping in feces to get to you. Place the bedding up front next to the door .

Hang specially made stainless steel food containers next to the bedding as dogs do not eat where they toilet. The exception would be puppies and young dogs, who would step in feces and then stomp around in their food and water, causing them deathly  diseases. It  is well-worth the money to buy the hanging  water/feeders. Note: Puppies will chew on the plastic ones, possibly cutting the gums and harming their teeth.

 

 

 

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