Dog Health & More
Thursday May 10th, 2012
I use crates for my own dogs, but to find out which brands are top notch, I went to the true experts: People who go to dog shows and performance events and spend lots of time carting their dogs around. Opinions were all over the map--they varied with personal preference and what the crates were used for--but I did emerge with a few front runners.
There are three types of crates--wire, soft-sided fabric, and solid plastic--and I feature crates from each category. What's best for you depends on several factors.
Wire mesh crates are good for:
Solid plastic crates are good for:
Solid fabric crates are good for:
One last note: Crates can be a terrific tool--for travel, during housetraining, or just to provide a den-like space for your dog to relax and feel safe. But they can also be overused to the point that they harm a dog emotionally and mentally. Be sure that your dog doesn't spend more of his day in a crate than out of it.
Solid plastic crate review:
Petmate Deluxe Vari-Kennel
Fabric crate review:
Pet Gear Home 'N Go
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