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Old 07-12-2007, 07:06 AM
 
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Default What type crate is best?

I need to buy another crate for my wiem puppy. Presently I have a plastic crate but wondered if maybe a wire crate would be better since she tries to eat the plastic. Since I have always had the plastic I am wondering if there are any benefits to using a wire crate other than they fold up and take up less space.

Gabby is now a real weim full of energy and into everything. She is not too happy when I put her in the crate but I came home yesterday from the store to half eaten cookbooks. No she wasn't hungry.
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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I used a wire crate when I brought Katy home when she was a puppy. It worked very well for potty-training as well. It took some time and I thought I was going to lose my mind but then one day, she was trained. She is four years now and has NEVER had an accident in the house even when I've left her for 10 hours.

She was very active as well. When I was gone all day at work, I used the crate for her or my whole house would have been chewed. It didn't have to be that way for too terribly long as eventually, she got better with her chewing and I was able to leave her out of the cage.

I still use the cage when I transport her to the vet or wherever. It was a great investment for me. I bought it on eBay at a lesser price than any place else I checked.
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Old 07-12-2007, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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I use a coated wire crate. I like this type because the animal gets maximum ventilation as well as visibility.
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Old 07-12-2007, 08:21 AM
 
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i have used both. I like the vari kennel better only because if you need to travel with the dog in the car it is way eaiser to transport. Then when the dog is older they used it as there bed, they just go there on there own.

It you get a wire one be sure that the tray is not plastic, since I had a puppy who would decide to eat that, the metal tray is way better. either one is a good choice. the wire is good since the puppy can see all that is going on also. and for an accident it is easy to clean.
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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Actually my crate is coated wire and I do like the air and visibility aspect as well. It does, however, have a plastic tray but she never chewed on that. Amazing!! It's still in great condition.
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Old 07-12-2007, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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The wire crates seem to be better than the plastic ones. We use them alot for our show dogs and then seem to like them better...
We use the Life Stages ones because they fold up & down quickly, easy to move...They can be spendy if you buy them at a pet store but we have found them @ a local pet manufactuer for MUCH cheaper. Here is there webiste Ryan's Pet Supplies Our warehouse online wholesale prices professional products shop or request a catalog they do ship...
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Old 07-13-2007, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I like the wire crates too. They are pretty indestructible. I like the ones with removable metal bottoms. In the winter when it's cold, I cover the crate with a blanket to keep it warmer inside. My dog doesn't have much hair! The cover also makes it den like and keeps the dog calmer.
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Old 07-13-2007, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Jax
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I've never crated, but I've used baby gates with great success, maybe it would work for you too? You can adjust the amount of space based on the activity and size of the dog.
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Old 07-13-2007, 06:57 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine, Florida
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I need to buy another crate for my wiem puppy. Presently I have a plastic crate but wondered if maybe a wire crate would be better since she tries to eat the plastic. Since I have always had the plastic I am wondering if there are any benefits to using a wire crate other than they fold up and take up less space.

Gabby is now a real weim full of energy and into everything. She is not too happy when I put her in the crate but I came home yesterday from the store to half eaten cookbooks. No she wasn't hungry.
Haha.. we know how that is! My husband and I own two American Pit Bull Terriers. Brooklyn, our 1 year 2 month old male and Destiny, our 6 month old female. They are wonderful dogs, but they hate to be home alone! We have a crate for each of them and they have always slept in their crates at night.. when ever we would go some where we would just doggy proof the house, close all of the bedroom and bathroom doors and leave them in the main part of the house with the TV on, some toys and some water. Until they started chewing things up! Like I said, we doggy proofed the house so it's not like there was anything for them to get into, but they always found something to destroy! They chewed up rugs and the sofas, they would get up on the table and knock it over, they would even try to dig through the front door! Needless to say, now if we go some where we put them in their crates! They also like to try to chew through the crate so the plastic crates don't work very well. They each have a large (36" x 24" x 37") Petmate pet home training kennel. They each came with a divider so the crates grow with the dogs. They tried a few times to chew through it, but it didn't take them long to see that was pointless! lol! I would definitely suggest a wire crate/ kennel over a plastic one any day!

As KewGee said, our dogs crates are coated wire and they also have the plastic tray in the bottom, but our dogs have never messed with that. We have doggy beds in their crates for them so they never pay any attention to the plastic tray.
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Old 07-14-2007, 04:11 PM
 
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Thanks to everyone's advice I bought a wire kennel and she already likes to just go into it and lay down. I figure that may have to do with her being a puppy mill puppy. Of course, she is not nearly as happy when I put her in it when I leave the house. It also gives her more room than the plastic crates to lay down at least it appears that way to me. She is so tall but she can stand up with her head just barely touching the top and it is an extra large crate.
I just wish I had someplace to put it so it wasn't taking up so much space.. but I can live with that for a while, it is better than her chewing up things that I can't afford to replace. She chewed up the cable remote but I was lucky enough to have an extra one.
Again, thanks for all your help and advice

Last edited by Keeper; 07-14-2007 at 04:13 PM.. Reason: added info
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