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Old 07-25-2014, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default crate or wire kennel for the house

Is there a preference to a plastic crate or wire kennel?
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I prefer a wire kennel in the house, only because, one it's easy to collapse and move around, and two it is more open and IMO since they can see easier they don't mind being in it as much.... noooo proof behind that, just my opinion
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I prefer plastic. Not as much for the dog to get hung up on.

Downside if the crate is in your bedroom, it's sounds like a drum if he/she flops around in it.

This is a matter of opinion but I've heard of dogs getting toenails etc. caught in wire crates.

I will agree the wire has more airflow. We just turn on the ceiling fan and he seems to be much happier.
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I never thought about that Sp00ks.. I guess then the other thing to consider is what your dog does when crated and how they act. Titan just lays there.. sleeps, chews sometimes.. so either worked for us and really was a matter of preference.
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I prefer wire crates and have been using them for years with no injuries or problems Mainly for convenience as Whitney has already stated both for me and the dog
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Old 07-25-2014, 12:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I use a plastic crate. I bought a larger wire crate and it's still in the box, never has been opened. I freaked myself out thinking about his getting a paw, jaw, etc caught or even mangling it to a degree and escaping. I don't have those worries about my plastic crate. I'm considering using the wire when I remake my son's room into the 'dog room'. I plan to put the crate in the closet if it will fit though with an extra fan. That way there is only one side that there is a possibility of escape ... the front.
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We first got a large wire crate - big enough for her to play around in (since we have to leave her in it while we're at work - have a friend who stops by mid day to let her out and have play time).... however... she recently broke off TWO of her teeth in it (down to the root). I came home from work and found blood on her toys, bed, everything in the crate - was coming from her broken teeth. Took her to the vet right away - now we have to constantly monitor her mouth for infection, and have some antibiotic liquid to put in her water. Anyway - she did it by biting the wires (underneath the kennel door) and pulling on them [with impressive force], trying to get out. Crazy pup.
So, now we have a plastic kennel - for some reason she seems more relaxed in this one, and she can't hurt herself that way again. I'm sure it's different for every pup though!
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plastic. wire is dangerous.

if you're rich then aluminum is the best.
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what can happen with wire? breaking teeth trying to get out of it? or what?
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Oh good, I get to break "taboo"again! Crates or cages or any of that is unecessary. Nice that your pup proved that but sorry for the pain involved. SO IF YOU GET A DOG HAVE A SECURE FENCE! DO NOT EXPECT TO LOCK THEM UP FOR YOUR CONVIENCE! If you want a container pet, get a fish!
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