Back in August of 2016 I came across a Kickstarter campaign about a pet crate that claimed to help dogs with anxiety. Since I had an anxious dog at the time, I was intrigued. ZenCrate claimed to have the first “Smart” anti-anxiety dog crate and I wanted to know what that meant.
As a dog trainer, I used to use music and a fan, along with a comfortable and quiet space to help my dog deal with loud noises and his separation anxiety while I was gone. I even had a wi-fi enabled camera to watch him while he was in his kennel! Well, what I learned was that ZenCrate put all of these things together into one nice-looking dog crate!
The ZenCrate is made of wood to look like a piece of furniture in your home. It has motion sensors that notice the proximity of your dog and will then turn on music, a fan, and an optional camera. It is wi-fi enabled so you can receive text messages or emails to know when your dog enters and exits the crate.
When your dog enters the crate, he will hear a playlist of music that has been – according to ZenCrate – scientifically proven to calm dogs, and a fan will come on to cool him and give a little added white noise. The optional camera allows you to see your dog using the ZenCrate while you are away. It truly seems to be a “smart” dog crate!
Another feature of the ZenCrate is that it has vibration dampening legs that keep your dog from feeling all of the effects of thunder or fireworks. Those big vibrations used to make my dog cower. He just couldn’t get far enough away from them. I think this would have helped him tremendously, not only in our sticks and bricks home but in our RV as well.
Speaking of being in an RV, I think the ZenCrate would work wonders for those dogs who you hear barking non-stop while their owners are away from the RV sightseeing or hiking. If a dog could make the decision to calm himself and stop barking by going into a ZenCrate, we may have fewer upset neighbors in RV parks and campgrounds. It would be a win-win for everyone!
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Please share your experiences
- Do you or anyone you know have a Zen Crate?
- If yes, how effective is it for your/their dog?
- Do you have any tips that work for calming your anxious dog?
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