People use bird cage covers for a variety of important reasons: They help to calm pet birds for bedtime and they can help prevent screech-inducing freakouts, among others.
But they aren’t only helpful for birds – crate covers can provide a number of similar benefits for dogs too.
Below, we’ll discuss some of the reasons crate covers can help out dogs, and we’ll explain some of the things you want to look for one. We’ll also recommend a few of the best covers on the market and explain the basics method for making your own.
See our quick picks here, or keep reading for more details.
Crate covers are helpful in a variety of ways, which can help a number of different situations in which dogs and owners find themselves. Some of the most common ways they can help include:
There are a variety of things you’ll want to look for when picking a crate cover to ensure you end up with a high-quality, durable product, which will work well and last for years.
Some of the most important things to consider include:
The following five crate covers all provide the things you’d want in a good crate cover. Make sure you consider your pup’s specific needs when making a decision, but any of the following five should work for most dogs.
About: The Pet Dreams Crate Cover is a simple 4-sided crate cover, made from high-quality, durable materials. Easy to use, clean and fit on your dog’s crate, this cover can help you keep your pup feeling secure and calm.
Features: The Pet Dreams Crate Cover covers the sides, top, and back of your dog’s crate while leaving the front open for ventilation. This makes it great for giving your dog a little privacy (or keeping her a little warmer), while still allowing her to see out of the unblocked front panel of the crate.
The Pet Dream Cover is available in three sizes (24-, 36- and 42-inch models) and four attractive colors, including Burgundy, Denim, Olive, and Sage Green. The Pet Dream Crate Cover is made of 100% polyester microfiber. You can machine wash it in cold water, but the manufacturer recommends hang drying it.
About: The Molly Mutt Crate Cover is a high-quality cover that comes in an array of fashionable prints and colors. Made from durable, preshrunk materials, the Molly Mutt Crate cover can be machine washed in cold water.
Features: The Molly Mutt Cover features a fully enclosed design, which can provide your dog with complete seclusion. However, two of the sides can be rolled up if you like, to give your dog more ventilation and the opportunity to see out of the crate. Snapping straps are included to help keep the cover securely in place.
The Molly Mutt Crate Cover is designed to look as good as it works, and it is available in 18 different colors and patterns. It is available five different sizes (Small, Medium, Big, Gigantic and Huge). You can wash the Molly Mutt Cover in cold water, but the manufacturer recommends that you line dry it to avoid damage.
About: Made by one of the world’s leading crate manufacturer’s, the Midwest Crate Cover is designed to fit crates perfectly and perform the way you’d expect. Available in several colors and sizes, there is surely a Midwest Crate Cover that will work wonderfully with your dog’s kennel.
Features: The Midwest Crate Cover is a fully enclosed crate cover, which features three different roll-up panels that provide access to front-, side-, or rear-entry crates. It is made from 100% polyester, is machine washable and machine dryable, and it is backed by the manufacturer’s 1-year warranty.
The Midwest Crate Cover is available in four color patterns (Black, Camouflage, Brown Geometric Pattern and Gray Geometric Pattern) and six different sizes (22-, 24-, 30-, 36-, 42-, and 48-inches), which allows it to fit most standard crates.
About: The Precision Pet Indoor/Outdoor Pet Cover is a durable, flexible and feature-packed crate cover that can be used indoors or outdoors. This cover includes multiple windows and door panels, which give you the flexibility you want to keep your pet cozy and comfortable.
Features: The Precision Pet Indoor/Outdoor Cover is made from heavy-duty, water-resistant fabrics to ensure it will last for years. It is machine washable and made with durable zippers and double-stitched seams. The front, back and top panels of the Precision Pet Cover can be removed as necessary, and each side features a roll-up, screened window for extra flexibility.
The Precision Pet Cover is available in six sizes (X-Small, Small, Medium, Medium/Large, Large, and Jumbo). It comes in two colors: Navy and Tan.
About: The Pet Dreams 3-Piece Bedding Set is a multi-piece set that includes a fantastically fashionable cover, a matching crate pad, and cushioned bumper. This way, you can ensure your dog remains as comfortable as possible while hanging out in her crate.
Features: The Pet Dreams 3-Piece Bedding Set is designed to give your dog’s crate a den-like feeling, while also providing comfort, thanks to the three-sided bumper and included crate pad. The crate pad is reversible, and the bumper is held in place via hook-and-loop (Velcro) closures.
The Pet Dreams 3-Piece Bedding Set is available in four sizes (19-, 24-, 30-, and 36-inch), but it is only available in a leopard print color pattern. Each of the three components of this set is 100% machine washable and dryable. The cover is made from 100% polyester microfiber.
The Precision Pet Cover is easily the best of the five options detailed above. It is the only product that features water-resistant materials and is suitable for outdoor use, and it includes several different panels that can be rolled up to provide a variety of ventilation options.
The Precision Pet Cover is also quite affordable, which makes it an exceptionally good value for those seeking a crate cover for their canine.
You aren’t limited to commercial options – there are a variety of ways to make your own crate cover. This can be great for owners who have specific needs or a limited budget.
Every DIY crate cover will differ in several ways, but there are three basic approaches you can take:
If you prize function over form and would rather spend your dog-care dollar elsewhere, you can just chuck a blanket over your canine’s crate. No, it will not look very good from your point of view, but it will work just about as well as most others from your dog’s point of view.
This is not a good idea for dogs who like to get into mischief, as they’ll likely pull the blanket right off the crate. They may even start to chew on the corners. But if you have a well-behaved pooch, who simply needs some private time, a blanket will certainly work. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a blanket – a towel or sheet will work.
The easiest way to make a proper crate cover is to cut individual panels from a thick, durable fabric. You’ll need to cut them to the same size as the crate panel they’ll cover, and you’ll need to devise some way of attaching them to the crate.
You can do this in a variety of ways, including attaching Velcro straps or just threading some shoelaces through the fabric and then tying them to the bars of the crate.
If you know your way around a sewing machine and have the time and desire to make a proper crate cover, you can certainly do so. In fact, you can include any of the most extravagant features you like, including windows or awnings.
If you have the skills and knowledge to pull this off, you probably don’t need me to explain how to make a fitted cover for your dog’s crate. However, you’ll basically want to make a split-seam cover (as described above), but then you’ll need to stitch the corners together.
It is certainly easier said than done, but the basic concept is fairly simple — some designs don’t even require you to sew at all.
Do you use a crate cover for your pup? What was your reason for doing so? Has it helped in the way you’d hoped? Tell us all about your experiences in the comments below. And, if you made your own DIY crate cover, be sure to tell us how you did it!
Last update on 2018-04-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
Ben is a lifelong environmental educator who writes about animals, trees, outdoor recreation, science and environmental issues. He lives with his beautiful wife and spoiled-rotten Rottweiler in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more by Ben at FootstepsInTheForest.com or @FootstepsForest on Twitter.
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