Puppy Crate Training Products and Accessories
Preventive Vet's certified dog trainer and behavior consultant, Cathy Madson, shares her top picks for crates, pens, crate accessories, and supplies to help you through the puppy crate training process.
Safety Note: As with all chews and toys, supervise your dog to ensure their safety. Throw away chews before they are small enough to swallow. Toys should be sized appropriately for your dog so they cannot be choked on or swallowed, and throw away toys when they become damaged.
Top Puppy Crate & Playpen Picks
There are many crate styles to choose from, depending on the available space and style of your home.
MidWest iCrate for Dogs (Single and Double Door Options)
A classic choice, this wire crate is collapsible and convenient with two door options to use.
Diggs Revol Crate
While on the pricier side, this crate has all the bells and whistles a dog trainer could ask for. Being able to fold up one side allows for a more spacious and open option, perfect for when you combine the crate with a puppy playpen. And the top open option makes giving treats, meals, or toys super easy. Plus, this crate folds down and has wheels for easy transport.
Midwest Portable Dog Crate
Pop-up crates like this make travel a breeze. While not ideal for dogs that will chew on the fabric (and then be able to escape), these are great for dogs who are comfortable being crated while you stay in hotels.
Petmate Sky Kennel
Hard-sided kennels like this one are required for airplane travel, and many dogs prefer a more enclosed type of crate at home.
MidWest Homes for Pets Foldable Metal Exercise Pen
Choose from different heights for your pup's playpen and even attach to their crate when creating a puppy play zone. I like how lightweight these are, which makes them easy to transport and use in a variety of environments.
Jespet Portable Dog Playpen
This pop-up and portable playpen is perfect for when your puppy needs more room to move while you're traveling or enjoying outdoor time prior to their vaccinations being complete. It's also a great option for moving room-to-room in your home but still need a puppy-proofed area or during potty training.
Our Picks for Crate Beds & Mats
Veehoo Chew Proof Elevated Dog Bed - Cooling Raised Pet Cot
Dog cots are great for puppies who love to chew on other bedding, go to place training, and for keeping a pup nice and cool in their crate or pen. These are easy to wipe down or wash in case of potty accidents, and very durable.
Hugglefleece Dog Bed Mat, Plush Soft and Durable, Machine Washable Bed
Soft and cozy, this crate bed is a nice choice for puppies who like to nestle inside their crate. Plus, it's machine washable! Check regularly for any wear and tear in case your pup decides it also makes a good chew toy.
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PetFusion Premium Pet Blanket
I often steal this blanket to use myself! Velvety soft, it's held up to lots of use in my home and frequent washes.
PetFusion Premium Dog Cooling Blanket
If you'd like a soft blanket for your dog but are worried about their crate getting too warm for comfort, this one is for you. It feels like a poofy down blanket but wicks away body heat to keep your dog cool. I tried it myself during a heatwave and was impressed with how it stayed cool.
Our Favorite Water Bowls for Crates
Midwest Snap'y Fit Stainless Steel Bowl
This bowl is easy to install into a wire-sided crate and can be used for food or water. It can take some finagling to securely push it in or to remove for refills, and some puppies like to play with the water in the bowl rather than drink it. Make sure it's placed at the correct height for your dog, not too low that they start to play in it, but not too high that they can't drink comfortably.
Choco Nose No-Drip Dog Water Bottle
This is what I use in my dogs' crates, as it's no-mess, easy on and off for refills, and they took to it right away. Most dogs just need a quick demonstration of how to lick to get water, but you can also smear a small bit of peanut butter to help them. Check out the video below of Preventive Vet pup, Finnegan, using his Choco Nose that's attached to his Mid West crate.