Do You Need a Dog Cage?

There are well over 70 million pet dogs in the world. In the US alone, over 44 million people own pet dogs. That’s a lot of dogs! In many countries in Asia those dogs are transported all over the country on scooters. In some Western rural areas, dogs sit in the back of utility vehicles and enjoy the scenery as it passes by. During times past dogs used to travel in the back of a vehicle, sandwiched between the kids. But not today. No. Today dogs need to travel safely and securely in a dog cage.
Dog cages protect the dog from possible accident. They also confine the dog so that they’re not all over the car. You may be too young to remember how ‘having’ to wear seat belts in the back seat of a car really helped the sanity of drivers. Children were restrained, and they were no longer all over the car. Ever traveled with a dog on the loose? Their paws are up on the back of the seat, they’re licking the driver, pouncing over yelling kids — a distraction for sure.
Dogs today usually travel in dog cages. Whether it’s a quick trip to the vet, a trip across country or traveling via air, dog cages are the way to go.
If you’re just going to be travelling locally, or by car, there’s no real restrictions on the type of dog cage to buy. Of course, if you want your pet to be happy you would do well to buy a comfortable cage for them.  When it comes to flying with your pet, though, there are certain restrictions in place that you would do well to note.
Airline Approved Dog Carriers

If you are going to be traveling by air with your pet, here are some guidelines to help you chose the right kind of carrier:
Ask the airline for a copy of their regulations for transporting animals. These vary from airline to airline, so you will want to make sure in advance that your dog cage meets their specific requirements.
The cage should be large enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and lie down. Remember, your dog will be in the container for quite a few hours, especially if traveling long distances, so it’s important that the cage allows your dog to be as comfortable as possible during transit.
The dog cage should be made out of strong material, such as hard plastic, so it can contain the animal during transit. Wire or fiberboard cages are not considered strong enough or safe enough for air travel. It should also have ventilation on all four sides of the crate.
The dog cage has to be secure. No one wants a dog to escape mid-flight. Some fasteners are weak, and they open accidentally. Other dogs are smart enough to open a simple latch. The latch on you’re cage must be securely fastened.
A minor detail, but one often overlooked: Your dog should not be able to fit any part of itself through the cage. In other words, noses or jaws should not protrude from the dog cage, nor should paws.
Flights are often long. Animals must be fed. Please ensure that both the water source and food bowl can be easily reached and refilled..