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Which Crate is Right for Your Pet?

Catherine Mabe/PetSmart

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Plastic dog crates

Recommended uses: Crate training, travel and at-home containment

These portable crates are perfect for the pair that's on the go--many are federally-approved for airline travel! The lightweight top and bottom can be screwed together and taken apart for storage or travel as needed. These dog crates feature ventilation along the sides and a wire door in front that latches to close and is easy to open. For the fashion-conscious family on the go, some plastic dog crates are even available in designer colors.

Plastic dog crates

Recommended uses: Crate training, travel and at-home containment

These portable crates are perfect for the pair that's on the go--many are federally-approved for airline travel! The lightweight top and bottom can be screwed together and taken apart for storage or travel as needed. These dog crates feature ventilation along the sides and a wire door in front that latches to close and is easy to open. For the fashion-conscious family on the go, some plastic dog crates are even available in designer colors.

Use inside, outside or when traveling via automobile or airplane. (Check with your individual airline to ensure your plastic dog crate meets travel requirements). Smaller plastic dog crates have handles for easy carrying and mobility. Larger crates aretoo heavy to pick up with the dog in them, so many feature wheels, but keep in mind that if you choose one that does not, you'll need another method of transporting the large-size crates.

 

Wire dog crates

Recommended uses: Crate training, at-home containment and travel

These durable crates are made entirely of heavy gauge wire and many can be easily folded down for transport and storage. When purchasing a wire crate be sure that the wire gauge is spaced close enough to keep your dog’s head and paws from squeezing through. A plastic or metal pan on the bottom of the crate makes for easy clean-up. This pan is either galvanized metal or heavy plastic, depending on the manufacturer There are two different types of wire crates:

--Quick-folding: These dog crates fold down quickly and have handles that allow you to carry them like a suitcase. You can store them in a closet or under the bed when they're not in use.

--Drop pin: These dog crates are designed to be a long-term fixture in your home though they can be taken apart and stored. They have 6 separate panels that are secured together with a drop-pin in each of the 4 corners. Drop-pin dog crates are easy to set up and require no tools for assembly.

Canvas dog crates

Recommended use: Travel

These lightweight are excellent for Pet Parents of adult dogs who need containment solutions when they're out on the road. They're not so ideal however for puppies or heavy chewers who could potentially tear through them. These crates feature a durable spring-loaded frame enclosed in a washable outer cover, which makes them easy to clean and fold down. They generally have top and front entry doors and many have roll-down window shades with heavy-duty zippers plus mesh panels.

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