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01-13-2014 10:12 PM
NancyJ I do have the heat concerns with the plastic kennel in my TRUCK. There I spent $500 for a welded aluminum dog box then lined the barred windows with 1/4 inch hardware cloth to keep toes in and fingers outs. It is a very cool (temperature) solution. The hunters have this stuff figured out. Plus I have seen videos of plastic crates collapsing during mild impact. Of course wire crates do not fare much better.

I made that decision after my truck slipped in a ditch, Grim's foot slid under the rail of the folding wire crate, and he was trapped. It took me feeding his foot back through and two strong guys pushing his weight uphill at the same time. Fortunately he knew we were helping him and did not freak out-though he screamed bloody murder till we started. Fortunately he did not suffer any broken bones but I figured one broken leg would run a lot more than $500. The plus of that dog box is I can also lock it which is good when you consider some of the places we have to go for searches.
01-13-2014 10:04 PM
JackandMattie I have used both. My separation anxiety Houdini Weim bloodied herself escaping from a wire crate ($150 vet bill), and on top of that, did over $2500US in damage to my apartment. And that was during one afternoon while I was at work. But I had AC, so ventilation was not an issue. When I brought home my GSD rescue and he broke out of the wire his first day in house, and I had to pay to stitch up the Weim (another vet bill!), replace a window, a pair of boots and an end table, and clean the carpets, I switched to plastic for his and her own safety, and my own sanity. But about a year later, I felt comfortable switching to wire with him and we have had no issues. If you have a Houdini dog with issues, then a wire crate probably isn't your safest option. They can escape those, and they can hurt themselves and others in the process. If you have a dog who doesn't challenge the crate, then go with wire, because it really does have better ventilation, and looks better overall. If you have to use the Vari Kennel, spend the extra ten bucks, and set up a fan for the dog and everything will be okay

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01-13-2014 09:09 PM
DaniRo Plastic for me!! If you are worried about ventilation, I have put a small fan blowing at the crate when it is really hot. My dogs love the crates!!

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01-13-2014 08:58 PM
zyppi Wire for us. Dogs get more air.
01-13-2014 08:11 PM
KathrynApril I have a large wire crate for in the house and a plastic one for the car. The wire crate is foldable but its so heavy and a pain. I ended up buying a plastic crate for the car. The two halves snap into place and it is so light I can just carry it as is. I used the plastic crate on my trip down to Arkansas.

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01-13-2014 03:00 PM
mcdanfam We use the wire, but we are always there when they are in the wire crates. We travel a lot. The wire crates collapse easier, they are easier to pack. When we travel and they want to feel more secure we drape blankets over the them. Ours are just over a year now...we worried about them chewing but they never far no laws have been stuck or pinched but we have the really large creates that are for much bigger dogs than our are. We have friends that use the plastic, the dogs don't seem to care which they are in....just like a place to chill while traveling. Good luck deciding.

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01-13-2014 02:55 PM
Okin Mine is wire and pretty large. The floor is plastic and pulls out. I have not seen any plastic nearly as large as this crate. My dog loves it and doesn't try to get out at all.
01-13-2014 02:51 PM
Corvus Laeus Saw this thread and wanted to give my experience. My Tiberius is coming up on 12 weeks. I've been using my old Schnauzer's wire crate while he is still small enough to fit in it. He has been doing pretty well crate training with no accidents. However, yesterday evening he was yelping a little bit after being put back in from post-dinner potty, when it turned to shrieks.

I ran into the kitchen and he had caught his teeth on the rear bars from chewing. I was amped up and squeezed those bars in instantly freeing him. Luckily, it doesn't look like his mouth or teeth were damaged. Someone is always home while I'm at work, but I'm certainly looking at plastic crates now. I knew the benefits, but this was scary. Good luck.
01-13-2014 12:46 PM
mego we have both but her main crate is a plastic crate. It seems more den-like for her and she's always preferred it. Also when she rolls around and adjusts in the wire crate it makes a bit of noise, but the plastic one doesnt.
01-13-2014 12:34 PM
GSDAlphaMom Wire. Good air flow, cooler and the puppy can see me. (I only use on puppies at niggh until potty trained). They are done with them by 4-5 months.

I only use plastic for shipping.
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