As pets age, their needs change. Crate training, while essential for a puppy or new pet, may not seem as important once your dog is well trained and can be trusted to roam around the house freely. That's not to say you should stop using a crate. Dog crates have their uses throughout a dog's life and an excellent way to help your dog stay out of trouble and feel secure when left alone.

However, as your pet ages, you may discover new benefits to keeping a dog crate around and available as a getaway for your aging pet. For instance, older pets may begin to have mobility issues, hearing loss or even eyesight issues that can require special attention. The changes in their mobility, hearing and eyesight may lead to personality changes if not properly addressed. If your older pet is finding it difficult to see, hear or walk, their home may start looking like a scary and dangerous place when they are alone. A simple crate can resolve this problem by giving your pet a small, confined area that’s easy to navigate and always safe.

Dogs tend to feel the most safe when they are in their den setting. A crate mimics the type of den a dog would naturally seek out in the wild by being small, dark and quiet. Many times, sensory loss in pets can lead them to seek out these types of safe places, especially when tired or frightened. By giving your pet a crate, you can provide them with the safety and security they crave.

End table dog crates or wood dog crates are an excellent choice for older pets. Unlike the wire crates commonly used for crate training, wooden dog crates are more attractive and more comfortable. They are available in dozens of designs that provide the dark, warm, safe place your pet craves. Like their wire counterparts, wooden crates also have a door, so you can secure your pet when you aren’t around to know that he’s safe.

Pinnacle wood dog crate

If your dog has never been crate trained, he may not like the idea at first. Rest assured that no matter what age your pet is, he can be successfully crate trained. A little perseverance and a few reassuring words will help him understand that the crate his is new special space.

If you’re concerned about the look of a crate, check out the different types of pet furniture available on the market. Innovative manufacturers have designed dog crates that are built-in to other types of furniture, such as end tables, sofa tables and more. This allows you to offer a safe and secure place for your dog, without having a bulky crate sitting in the middle of the room.

Mr. Herzher's Side Opening Dog Crate

If your older pet is suffering from sensory loss, you may not know it. Look for signs such as slowing down when navigating new places, disobedience, aggression and nervousness to determine whether your older pet may be having trouble hearing, seeing or walking. If your pet displays any of these signs, consider getting them a crate to help provide the peace and security they need as they age and adapt to a senior lifestyle.

One point to keep in mind if keeping your senior pet crated is that you want to provide them with a good crate pad, mat or crate bed especially if your older pet suffers from conditions such as dog arthritis or calluses on their elbows or knees. The right pet bed can make all the different to an older pet, so in picking out a crate, be sure you factor in some sort of pet bedding along with that.

Bowsers Luxury Crate Mat