How to Keep a Dog Crate Cool

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A collapsible metal crate will allow more airflow than other dog crates.
A collapsible metal crate will allow more airflow than other dog crates. (Image: dog in a cage image by igor kisselev from Fotolia.com)

Dog crates can help a dog learn discipline and offer a safe place for the dog to retreat to. When you must leave your dog in its crate, it is imperative that you always leave the crate in a place where your dog can remain at a cool and comfortable temperature. How you keep the dog crate cool will depend on the type of crate, the breed of dog, and the resources you may already have on hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Dog crate
  • Cotton sheet (optional)
  • Fan (optional)
  • Internet access (optional)

Place the crate in a location of your home where it can come into direct contact with a cool breeze. This will not be necessary during the winter months. Acceptable locations could include the base of an open window or in front of a drafty door.

Remove any coverings that may be over the outside of the crate to allow for maximum airflow in and through the crate. Remove any heavy bedding or blankets in the crate. Replace the covering of the crate with a breathable material, such as small cotton sheet.

Install a dog crate fan, which you can find at retail pet stores or on the Internet. Provide your dog with a water bottle with fresh water attached to the outside of the crate door, with the spigot facing the inside of the crate.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keeping your house as cool as possible from the beginning of the day can help stave off heat in the house and, therefore, in the crate later in the day. Open your windows before sunrise to allow as much cool air in as possible. Schedule the times where your dog must be in its crate during the early morning hours when it may be coolest, instead of later in the day. If you have air conditioning, keep the temperature in your home at comfortable level.
  • Do not place the dog crate in direct sunlight. Never leave your dog in a locked car on mildly warm days, even with the windows slightly cracked. Although your dog might be safe in its crate and not chewing your belongings, the temperature can rise to deadly levels in less than an hour. If you have a long-haired breed, consider getting a dog crate with open sides, such as a metal collapsible crate, instead of a traditional hard plastic carrier.

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