Debunking the UTE Dog Box Myths: What is True and What False?

One of the best things about owning a dog is always having company on your nature trips. Dogs love your long walks, hikes, or camping activities. However, sometimes you want to drive to a designated place in nature and spend some time there, but your dog is not fond of commuting with a car.

If you own a truck, you have unlimited space in the rear tray or the backseat of the driver’s cabin. Many are worryless and take no precautions when transporting their pets, but precaution is essential. This is why they invented the UTE dog box.

The problem with the UTE dog box is that many feel it is not the best option for your dog. The dog box is also known as a crate or a cage, but all these terms refer to the same item. There are multiple myths about using the box, and we’re about to debunk them here. Dog boxes are the best option, and here’s why.

Myth No. 1: Crates are cruel to the dog

The most common myth is that the dog box is cruel and your pet does not enjoy it. The truth is that dogs love them. Most dog crates are made of aluminium and look like tool boxes installed in the back of your UTE, with added insulation and ventilation.

With these features, your dog feels comfortable and safe. All research points to the ancestors of dogs who used to live in caves as the reason why dogs love crates. A cave looks just like a box. It is enclosed from all sides and provides the feeling of home for your pets. Dogs love the crate and enjoy spending time there.

Myth No. 2: Crates are used for punishment

There’s a myth saying that crates are used for punishment. This is entirely false. Crates are made as a dog shelter. They may be installed on a transport vehicle, but many are using them as a standard dog house in the yard.

Dogs feel the punishment if the owner presents it as such. The crate has nothing to do with the feeling of the animal. If you’re using the box to punish the pet, then yes, they will feel the punishment, but the place where you send them has nothing to do with their feelings.

Myth No. 3: Dogs kept in cages are cruel

You’ve probably heard the saying more times – there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. Your pet may be cruel if you train it to be. Some parts of the world have a wide dog fighting culture, and many breeds are used for this need. They are trained to be bloodlust and aggressive.

However, house pets are only cruel if the owners don’t know how to handle them. Yes, some breeds are more aggressive than others, but the cage has nothing to do with this. Our misconception is common because guardian dogs often sleep in cages like these.

Myth No. 4: Boxes are not suitable for larger breeds

You can add a huge box on your UTE. The breed has nothing to do with the size of the crate. If you own a Schnauzer, you only need a tiny box, but if you own a Greyhound, you will need a crate covering at least half of the rear bed.

In other words, the boxes are suitable for all breeds if you make them right. Build one that is big enough for the breed you own, and you can transport them anywhere with ease. Moreover, transporting them this way is more comfortable for them than in the backseat.  

Myth No. 5: Riding in a box makes dogs feel lonely and abandoned

We often portray our feelings on animals. We fail to understand that we are different. It is not like humans to spend more time alone, but dogs feel quite comfortable when they do it. They don’t feel lonely or abandoned when they are in the dog box.

Spending time in the dog box is comforting for them. They feel safe and peaceful. When they stay inside the box, they get the feeling of being in the cave their ancestors used to find peace and protection from the surroundings.

Myth No. 6: Dog boxes are highly expensive

Although it’s more affordable to transport your dogs in the backseat, it’s still not an astronomical price to get a dog box and install it over the rear tray of your UTE. These items are made of aluminium, which is a lightweight and affordable material.

Being lightweight, they also won’t add on gas consumption but will provide more comfort for your pups. If you’re trying to compare the comfort and the bills, getting a dog box is the best solution. It comes with a fair price, and your pet will be safe and happy while you’re transporting them.

Brenda Thompson

Brenda Thompson is an expert in dog behavior with over a decade of experience, and she is also passionate about working with cats and birds. In addition to contributing pet content to, she is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and has over 16 years of experience in treating animals. Her expertise is in educating pet owners on common pet health problems and providing them with option-based care to help choose what is best for their companions

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