Many dog trainers advocate using crates as a training tool. And many dogs grow to love their crates as a safe place to sleep or just get away from boisterous children and over-friendly guests. Ever notice how your dog likes to curl up under a table against a wall or in the corner of a closet? Like wolves and foxes, dogs naturally love snug caves and burrows.

Our biggest objection to dog crates up until now is that they are big and ugly. But they don’t have to be. There’s a whole new generation of elegant dog crates, both free-standing and built-in. Take a look.

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