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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-17-2010, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All - i will soon be getting a puppy and will have to make a 3 hr drive with him/her in the car back home and in addition i would like to have a crate in my bedroom so the puppy is not lonely and i can hear should we need to outside in the middle of the night. i already purchased a large crate for my living room and i am puzzled want to purchase for travel and bedroom. i am thinking about a soft crate but i am unsure of the size.
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For the price of a good soft crate, considering the puppy will quickly outgrow it, I would just buy a smaller solid plastic crate rather than a soft crate.

As far as soft crates go, I have a Guardian Gear and love it. But mine is almost 3 and doesn't chew on things. I would be worried about a puppy chewing its way out.
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I would never trust a young dog to not scratch or chew their way out of a soft crate. I would only put a dog that is stable in the environment you want to contain it in and even then one scratch and they can get out~Especially if you are in a venue where the excitement level is high. I bought one a couple years ago, it has only been used a couple times at home with Kacie who is pretty laid back.
Maybe check out CL for a smaller plastic one for the bedroom then re-sell it when pup outgrows it.

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I have never used a soft-crate. To me, they don't seem very safe, especially in a car, and especially with a puppy. I use a hard plastic crate for in the van. I feel that it's safe should something happen. At home, we only use the large metal crates and each dog only has one. We have never kept a crate in the bedroom though. I agree with checking out craigslist for a previously used crate, you can get them pretty inexpensively. Good luck!

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Soft crates aren't really for use in the car. Really need it to be more solid to provide security for your dog in the case of an accident. Either a good crate or many of us use dog safety belts.

Also, most pups will quickly destroy a soft crate cause they can. So it's usually the older really 'crate trained' dogs that the soft crate are better for.




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Thank you to all of you for responding - i really appreciate it greatly!
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