Dog Crate: Plastic or Metal?

A dog crate is an essential carrier for your dog and enables you to transport your dog easily and comfortably. It also makes a vital training tool in successfully molding the behavior of your dog. Many people have an initial aversion to crates because they feel putting a dog into a crate is the same as putting the dog in a cage. However, a solid crate has several important functions. When placed within your house, it makes a cozy and safe "room" for your dog because it serves as the dog's private space. It is much easier to manage destructive chewing and housebreaking with the help of a dog crate. When traveling, it makes a convenient and comfortable carrier for your dog. You can find crates at your local pet store or a wholesale pet supply company. Some hardware and department stores also stock them. Most of the solid crate types come in plastic and metal. Each offers different features.

Plastic Crate

These have become increasingly popular in recent years. They are affordable and lightweight, making it convenient to travel. They are not complicated to put together and can be easily assembled. Others can be used immediately when they are unpacked from the box. A plastic crate has solid panels that makes your dog feel safer than he may feel in a wire crate. Federal regulations have established standards for airline travel, which most plastic crates meet. It is possible to get them in various colors. Durability varies according to the manufacturer although some make them tough enough to resist chewing by the dog.

Disadvantages of plastic crates are that the ventilation is not very good, they do not keep the dog comfortably cool during the summer and warm in winter and if made from plastic that is not resilient, the crate will prove easy for your dog to chew at it. Also, cleaning a plastic crate is a fairly tedious task.

Wire Crate

Stainless steel or aluminium is the choice material for metal dog crates. Most wire crates are rectangular shaped and well insulated to keep your dog comfortable whether the temperature is hot or cold. Ventilation is much better with a wire crate than the plastic type. A metal pen is durable and not easily destroyed either by the dog or other agents. Wire pens make a solid crate that is sturdy and durable. There is no danger of rotting due to the tough and resilient properties of metal. When selecting a wire crate, you need to ensure that the wire gauge is spaced closely so your dog will not be able to squeeze its paws or heads through the openings. A wire crate is much easier to clean than the plastic variety.

Disadvantages of metal crates are that they are more difficult to take apart for storage or travel. They also may not collapse into a convenient size when collapsed for storage. However, some will take the shape of a suitcase when folded, making it easier for travel or storage. Unfortunately, this type of dog pen has not been approved for airline travel.