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Best Dog Beds for Crates

Many people find it very odd, almost cruel, to keep a puppy in a cage/crate. In fact “crate” sounds better than “cage”. Coming from Denmark, where nobody used crates, I have to admit that I found it super wrong to put a dog in a cage like a parrot. However, I have totally changed my mind. It is ideal for a young dog that needs to learn to be happy in its own company and it will keep the puppy protected from getting up to bad behaviour that could result in harm to the house or the puppy himself.

We can make any size of beds to fit crates

We can make any size of beds to fit crates

Here at Tuffies we produce practical dog beds in any size for fitting your particular crate. With our waterproof dog beds that have a firm futon mattress filling, you will need just the right size so that it will sit beautifully fitting within the walls. This gives the puppy a flat and supportive base to lie on and even with a lot of digging around, the puppy is unlikely to dig the bed up and hence not lie on a warm place. Also, well fitting dog beds in crates are less likely to be chewed because they fit in to the corners and because the firmness means that the dog can’t scrunch it up between his front paws and get a good chew at it.

Most people will take the crate away when puppy grows up and then give the young dog one of our large dog beds to live in for the rest of his life.

The funny thing is that long after adult dogs have got used to sleeping in their big dog beds, they still remember their crate fondly. The classic example is if you get a new puppy while you still have your first dog and if you then get the old crate out from the loft and put it up with a nice dog bed inside. You can guarantee that your old dog will be delighted by the sight of the crate and promptly go and occupy it. They simply love it because it reminds them of a natural den. It completely appeals to their wolf instincts.

Many years ago, before Tippex was spayed, she had a terrible false pregnancy. She had plenty of milk and she obviously looked for a “puppy” to take care of. She found a little plastic fish in the bath room, which belonged to the kids for blowing bubbles and she simply adopted this little silly fish because it looked perfectly suited for suckling. She moved in to a cupboard, but it was not very practical for various household reasons, so I put her old cage up and she took to it immediately. She was happy just to have a piece of pet bedding in there and she waited in there till the fish was “old enough” to come out. Here she is, nursing her Puppy-fish in her beloved crate.

Tippex, my GWP with her plastic fish puppy

Tippex, my GWP with her plastic fish puppy

Our bespoke dog beds can be made to any size you want, except the nests that only come in the standard sizes.