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Welcome to our big dog wicker test 2021. Here we present all the dog baskets that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best dog wicker for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a dog basket.




Summary

  • The dog wicker is an important retreat for your dog to relax in.
  • The right material for the dog basket not only looks good, but is also important for your dog's well-being.
  • Dog wickers come in many different sizes, so there is something to suit every breed of dog.

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Buying and evaluation criteria for dog wickers

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate dog baskets. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular dog wicker is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

Quality

If you buy your dog wicker on the internet, you have to rely on product reviews first. Your dog basket should be of high quality so that it is a safe place for your dog to rest.

This means that you have to make sure that the material and workmanship of the dog basket are of high quality.

Easy cleaning

Cleaning is an important aspect when it comes to buying a dog wicker, because after all, your dog should sleep in it every day and that involves a lot of dirt.

Make sure that the basket is easy to clean with a hoover and that you can wipe it down if necessary.

Stability

Good dog baskets should be non-slip or be purchased with a non-slip mat so that your dog cannot injure himself when he jumps into his dog bed.

Country of manufacture

The country of manufacture is also important for dog wickers. Baskets that are produced in Germany or the EU are subject to much stricter regulations, so you can assume that they are free of harmful substances and toxins.

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a dog wicker

Who is a dog basket suitable for?

When a new four-legged friend moves into your home, you will certainly ask yourself whether a dog wicker is really necessary for your dog.The answer to this is clearly yes.

The dog basket is your dog's personal retreat, just like your own bed. There he can sleep in peace, snooze or play with his toys without being constantly stroked.

You should already get your puppy used to a dog basket. Puppies need a lot of sleep, so a dog basket is the ideal place to retreat to. (Image source: pixabay / Dgdom)

Especially if there are children in the household, it is important that your dog has its own place that is taboo for the children. Because of course children find dogs super exciting and want to play with them all day. So the child has to be taught that the dog wicker is the sleeping place and not to play there.

The dog basket is also suitable for sending the dog to its place in the house. If you have visitors, you can command them to go to their basket where they feel comfortable and stay there.

What size dog wicker should I buy?

The right size of dog basket is crucial for your dog to feel comfortable in its place and, above all, to accept it as its sleeping place.

If you are looking for a dog wicker for your adult dog, you should buy a basket that is large enough for your dog to stretch out in. A rule of thumb you can remember is the size of your dog + 10cm.

If you have a puppy, however, the situation is a little different. If you buy your puppy a basket that is too big, your puppy will feel lost in the basket.

Size dog wicker Description
Size XS - S Small dogs
Size M - L Medium dogs
Size XL - XXL Very large dogs

So be aware that you will first buy a slightly smaller basket for your puppy and then another one for adulthood.

Also, your puppy's first basket will most likely not last very long. This is because, as with all toddlers, puppies like to run around very wildly. They will gnaw on the dog basket just as they are teething.

What do I have to buy with the dog wicker?

Of course, you also need to pad the dog basket with something. The right dog blanket and the right dog cushions are crucial for your dog to feel comfortable in its new basket.

The bottom of the basket should be softly padded so that your dog can snuggle up in the basket.

It is advisable to put a foam pad in the basket as a kind of mattress or a particularly soft blanket. The blankets and pillows will soon take on the scent of your four-legged friend.

A cosy blanket ensures that your dog can sleep comfortably in his dog basket. ( Image source: pixabay / Myléne)

This way, your dog will consider his sleeping place completely his own.

Are there dog wickers for the car and the bike?

If your dog has a place to sleep at home, then it should also have one in the car, especially if it is going to be a longer trip.

However, a dog wicker is not really suitable for this. Larger dogs should have a fixed dog crate for the car, in which they are also secured in the event of an accident. These boxes can usually be placed in the boot or in the footwell.

For smaller dogs, there is a type of dog basket for the car that you can attach to the seats. You can put your dog in this basket and secure it in the basket so that it cannot move freely in the car.

For the bicycle, there are dog wickers that you can either attach to the handlebars or to the luggage rack. Of course, these baskets are only suitable for relatively small dogs.

Often, these baskets also have a grille as a cover to prevent your dog from jumping out of the basket during the ride.

How much does a dog wicker cost?

The cost of a dog basket depends on the material and its size. Large dog wickers are always slightly more expensive than dog wickers for small dogs.

Dog basket type Price
Dog basket made of wood from approx. 150€
Dog basket made of willow from 20€
Dog wickers made of plastic from 15€

The most expensive dog baskets are made entirely of wood. However, these are also the rarest. More often you will find the classic dog wicker made of willow and plastic. The price varies depending on the size of the basket, the finish and whether it comes with accessories such as a blanket or cushion.

Of course, the price limit for dog wickers is also open at the top.

What types of dog wickers are there and which is the right one for you?

What distinguishes a wooden dog basket and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Advantages
  • Stable
  • Non-slip
  • Beautiful appearance
Disadvantages
  • Cleaning difficult
  • Expensive
  • Rare

Wooden dog baskets are first and foremost attractive. Holst usually blends in comfortably with its surroundings. In addition, a wooden dog wicker is very stable and heavy.

This makes it less likely to slide back and forth on the floor, which is important for getting your dog in and out of the basket, as he will definitely want to jump into it from time to time. It is also sturdy enough to withstand a bit of gnawing.

The disadvantage of a dog basket is its cleaning. The surfaces are usually treated, but liquids can still soak into the wood. Of course, hair and other dirt can be easily removed from the wood with a hoover.

Wooden dog wickers are not very common and therefore relatively expensive to buy.

What distinguishes a wicker dog wicker and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Advantages
  • Flexibility
  • Non-slip
  • Cheap
  • Non-slip
Disadvantages
  • Cleaning difficult

Willow dog baskets are very comfortable for your dog because the material is very flexible and can give way when the dog pushes against it. Furthermore, wicker baskets are relatively heavy and therefore non-slip.

The wicker dog wicker also has a beautiful appearance. You probably don't care about this, but since a dog basket is in a way a new piece of furniture, it is a decisive factor for you.

The weave of the wicker makes the dog wicker relatively difficult to clean. Hair and dirt get caught between the individual braids and are difficult to get out. However, if you put a proper washable pad in the basket, this should also be possible.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a plastic dog wicker?

Advantages
  • Easy to clean
  • Cheap
  • Stable
Disadvantages
  • Stiff shape
  • No air circulation
  • No natural material

The plastic dog basket is so popular because it is easy and simple to clean. It is also the cheapest of the three types.

A plastic dog wicker is sturdy enough for your dog to chew on without breaking off pieces that could be dangerous if swallowed.

One disadvantage of a plastic dog basket is its stiffness. Unlike natural materials, it does not give in to your dog's movements.

In addition, the air cannot circulate through the tightly closed plastic walls, which means that the basket will more quickly start to smell like "dog".

What are the alternatives to a dog wicker?

The alternative to a dog wicker is the dog bed. These are made of padded fabric or (artificial) leather.

Dog beds are an alternative especially for older dogs that are already a bit common. Then you are certainly doing a dog some good with an orthopaedic dog bed.

Did you know that dogs that get too little sleep and rest can get sick?

Skin problems, allergies or even autoimmune reactions can be a sign of too little sleep.

How do I clean a dog wicker?

The best way to clean a dog basket is to vacuum it. The blankets and pillows should be bought so that you can put them in the washing machine without any problems.

It is advisable to clean the dog wicker at least once a week to keep it hygienic, because of course your dog always brings some dirt from outside into the basket.

Where should I put the dog wicker?

The right place for a dog basket is crucial for your dog to accept the dog basket. The more comfortable he feels, the quicker he will see the dog wicker as his place.

Basic rules:

  1. Don't put it near a radiator, as the dry warm air is bad for your dog's lungs.
  2. Don't put it in a draughty place, because draughts are just as bad for your dog as they are for people and can cause colds.
  3. Do not place the basket in a passageway, as your dog will not be able to rest there.

The best place for a dog wicker is a place where he can always see you and does not feel excluded.

Your dog will feel most comfortable in his basket if he can always see you because you are his caregiver. Only then can your four-legged friend really relax. ( Image source: unsplash / Andres Vendelbro)

So choose a place where you spend a lot of time, such as your living room or your study.

In these rooms, you should find a corner where your dog can rest and not always have someone running past.

The kitchen is not a good place to put your dog because it always smells good and there are too many distractions.

The hallway or entrance area is also not a good place. The place is usually quaint when the front door opens and it is far too restless due to the doorbell or visitors coming in and out.

How do I get my dog used to the dog wicker?

It may take a little while for your dog to accept his new basket as his own place.

To get your dog used to his basket being the place to sleep, he should only sleep in it at first. If you carry him in his basket or he lies down in it on his own, you should reward him with a treat.

This way your dog will learn to associate the dog basket with a positive feeling. Keeping your dog occupied in the basket, such as a chew toy or a dog bone, can also help to keep him happy in his basket.

You can also teach your dog a short command to respond to when he needs to go to his dog wicker.

How do I make a dog wicker myself?

You can also build a dog basket or dog bed yourself. We have already found suitable instructions for this on the internet.

Image source: pexels / Lum3n

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