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12-09-2013 04:52 PM
jocoyn The thing I like about the 48inch vari kennel, other than added room for the dog, is I can crawl all the way in it to clean the walls (which get nasty).
12-09-2013 04:09 PM
fredh When I got my Boy the Breeder advised us to avoid metal collapsible Crates. This is what we have:
12-09-2013 01:21 PM
Mts678 Good information here! Thanks for y'all's input, I definitely want to get a different crate now, my girl sleeps upside down too (as you can see in the pic- they're so cute sleeping like that lol). I'll look into what y'all suggested! Any recommendations to where to buy and what kind y'all are using?


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12-09-2013 01:14 PM
pyratemom I've heard of so many crate accidents with the wire crates that my furry ones have always had vari-kennels with the fiberglass sides. Raina likes to sleep upside down with her feet in the air and I just know her toes would get stuck in a wire crate. Hope your girl is okay. Sometimes it's just the surprise that their foot is stuck more than pain, hopefully that will be the case.
12-09-2013 01:10 PM
Lucy Dog I've had this happen in ex-pens if they're trying to get out. Their paws get stuck between the metal and they scream bloody murder. It happens. I think they're screaming more of the surprise that their paws are stuck than it actually hurting them. Never had it actually cause an injury.

Probably just a fluke and I wouldn't worry too much about it unless it keeps happening. Then you might want to think about getting a different type of crate.
12-09-2013 01:07 PM
jocoyn I have had so many various accidents with wire crates that Beau's home crate is a vari-kennel (the giant 48" one) and his truck crate is an aluminum dog box to which I zip tied 1/4 inch hardware cloth to the openings.

Toes are the number one issue.

I would carry that mesh all around the crate and also zip tie the actual crate because folding crates can easily separate and collapse.
12-09-2013 12:48 PM
Mts678 I remembered I had some gutter guard here in the garage, so I'm going to zip tie that up to 12 inches from the bottom of the crate on the walls all the way around the perimeter of the crate. Attachment 146377


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12-09-2013 12:02 PM
Mts678 Omg Tracy that's horrible! Ive ziptied each aide on the top where it clios together to keep it from collapsing.

Yeah I have tried just to open the top latch to throw a bone in there and it wouldn't budge, and I didn't try bending it because I didn't want to stress it permanently.

After giving it thought, I think I'm going to take the crate up to my dads shop and weld a more pieces in between the main ones so it can't happen again.


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12-09-2013 11:35 AM
Baillif I've heard horror stories of people not latching both the top and bottom latch to the crate doors and dogs choking to death in them as they were trying to push out. Generally these days most wire crates I've seen don't allow for the top to cave like that, but I suppose there are some out there that do. I generally prefer the plastic carrying kennels. I've always wanted one of those fancy aluminum ones leerburg sells that look like you could lock a person in and poke them with a stick, but they are rather cost prohibitive.
12-09-2013 11:28 AM
trcy I was advised not to use a collapsible crate. Apparently GSD's are smart and figure out how to lift the top to make it collapsed. My breeder knew someone who had a GSD die doing that. I guess it collapsed in (as the crate does) and the dog got her head in there and was trying to push out.....just be careful.

I still use a collapsible crate for my 30 pound dog. The crate is large enough for the GSD, but we will not use it for him.
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