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03-31-2014 04:01 AM
sechattin Kaiju is the first dog I've ever used a crate with. All my previous ones were ranch dogs that normally slept outside (though we did have a large plastic crate on the porch for ours to sleep in). I like the wire crate for the collapsible convenience, and I think Kaiju likes it for the airflow. He's long-haired with a ridiculously thick coat so he appreciates cooler containment. I haven't had a problem with him trying to bust out of his crate or getting caught in the wire, so I can't comment on that.
03-31-2014 03:32 AM
Redrider469 I have 3 plastic. Two for the house and one for the car. Haven't had any issues and my girl loves her crate.
03-31-2014 03:27 AM
TommyB681 I use wired. Dont travel with my dog so I a travel crate isnt practical to me. Plus my wired one breaks down and is pretty compact when not in use
03-30-2014 10:39 PM
llombardo I will say it depends on the dog. I've been able to use wire with all of mine except one. Attached is a picture that shows how dangerous the wire ones can be if a dog wants out. This was 5 minutes after I got him in the crate, I was home thankfully, needless to say within an hour I had a plastic crate for him and he went with me to get it. The thought of what could have happened scares me...

03-30-2014 09:56 PM
TigervTeMar my family's rottie used to love his enormous sized plastic one so I ordered the 'giant size' plastic one from amazon. hope he likes it
03-30-2014 09:48 PM
Oskar's Human When we first got Oskar we went with the plastic crate. But then I found a 48 in wire crate on chewy.com for 75.99. Snatched it. I also liked the idea of it being more open. In the picture below you can see we had to put the box on top of it to block out some light for the first few weeks. I stole this pic in the dark while he was sleeping. Also I have not had any issues with him destroying his crate or getting his paw stuck, so I am not able to comment about that. He did get it stuck in the door of his ex-pen one time but has been getting better about jumping so it is not much of an issue. Not to mention his paws are HUGE.

We just got back from a weekend at my uncle's. This crate is collapsible. Super convenient despite its size.

03-30-2014 09:40 PM
AnaleighK12k14 Also I will say that Kona once managed to get herself out of the wire crate but never the plastic one.


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03-30-2014 09:39 PM
AnaleighK12k14 I have and use both. My older dog definitely preferred her plastic crate for her first year and actually would pull the metal bars off her wire crate. She sleeps in the wire one now without a problem. We only use it when necessary anymore because she sleeps on her bed downstairs.

The puppy is in plastic right now but will move to wire when he outgrows it.


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03-27-2014 12:25 PM
Rottendog I've got both, but use the wire ones much more. The girls have their own bedroom with their crates set up and all kinds of good soft bedding in them. I also have extra crates broken down so when we go on vacation, pack em up! I keep one large plastic "airline" crate. I use it for rescues and for hospital transport if someone is sick and has to be crated. I think both types have their good uses.
02-12-2014 09:52 AM
Scout's Mama I voted "wire crate" but we have used both. Currently Scout is in a wire kennel and Emma has a plastic crate. Emma LOVES her "cave" and goes in there when the toddlers (furry and human) are too loud. Scout likes the wire one because she feels less shut out and more involved.

Of course, all our dogs prefer the couch as long as no one is home to catch her...
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