A dog crate is a must have from puppy on. We firmly believe in the benefits of crate training right from the start. If you condition your pup that their crate is their "sanctuary", they will forever enjoy being "kenneled up". This will not only be a long-time convenience factor whether home, in a motel room or visiting hunting camp, but also becomes a safety factor when traveling in your truck/SUV. Once again, you can always find low cost alternatives, but we believe in and carry only premium products that will last and hold up to the tough conditions we take our gun dogs into.