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Usually, it is not necessary to cover the crate. It depends on the situation.

If the dog is not expected to sleep, leave the cover off so that he can see whats going on around the crate, like if it is a puppy being crate trained.

If the dog is expected to sleep, but his surroundings are distracting, a cover may be useful to block out disturbances.

If the rest of the household is calm (for example, at night), a cover is not usually necessary, but if the dog is being noisy and refuses to be quiet, a cover may be useful to calm him/her down.

However, it would be best to use this as only a temporary solution. Ideally, the dog should be taught that noisiness in the crate is not an acceptable behaviour.

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