I'm thinking about getting a soft-sided or larger airline crate... but I'm looking for more opinions. Looking for something not ridiculously priced, durable, that will contain my dogs for what I need, and be EASY to transport.
We're doing more events out of town or where the dogs need to be crated (Frag (90lb GSD) and Recon (40lb Border Collie)) such as flyball, agility, and herding, and I don't always have my car close enough to keep them in. Lugging around 2 36" wire crates is wearing on me; I'm 130 pounds of out of shape girl, fyi.
I really want to get two guardian gear medium & large soft-sided crates for them, however I have ZERO experience with these and the quality... If I leave them crated and I'm doing something else, such as working another dog... and a 95lb GSD starts to scratch at it (He scratches/paws at the crate lightly when he gets anxious to work) is it going to tear or rip? I know the fronts of these are mostly screen and nylon... If I zip it up all the way so that he can't see are your dogs less likely to whine/paw at the cage to get out? The last thing I need is either dog (Recon does the same pawing if he thinks we're going to play, work, etc) escaping while I'm running another dog.
Do you use airline crates for some sports/events and soft-sided crates for more calmer ones? (like dock diving, perhaps, or an out of the way area at agility/herding?) Should I just save the money and hassle and stick to wire and buy some crate covers?
The soft-sided crates have the plus that they are light AND compact, whereas the airline crates are a little lighter than wire, but take up a lot of room... the wire ones are a little heavy, but compact. They also rust, along with the airline crates...
Input needed... I can't decide.