The Ultimate Buying Guide
There are multiple features to choose from when buying escape-proof dog crates. However, these should be your priority:
Soft-wall cages are cute and often look like outdoor tents. But if you want a dog crate that lasts, it needs to be heavy-duty strong.
Hard-sided crates are the best option for young pups who are still in their teething and chewing stages. However, the ideal dog crates for escape artists contain sturdy metal frames. These will resist the impact of your dog’s scratching, biting, and pounding when you’re out of sight.
SMONTER’s Heavy Duty Dog Crate is our first choice, especially for powerful canines. While no product is perfect, escape artists are less likely to chew their way out of this one.
Yes, you’ll want a cage that’ll fit snug around your pup. Still, you need to consider the costs of buying new dog crates every time your pooch outgrows their den.
It would be wise to buy a cage with adjustable sizing – one with a divider panel included in its package. As your pet develops, you can always release more space in the crate so it can feel comfy.
Not only does the MidWest Ovation have adjustable features, but it can also fold to fit into tight storage spots.
Air is crucial. There are tons of misconceptions in the pet industry, and many of them stem from poor training practices.
My clients often wonder if breeds like Rottweilers are easy to train because of the stereotypical aggression. But did you know that your canine might be resisting their crate because they feel constrained?
Small crates can make dogs feel claustrophobic and trigger their anxiety attacks. Plus, cramped spaces aren’t healthy for any pet. They tend to harbor bacteria that could make your dog sick.
Among our list, the Proselect Empire Dog Cage comes specially made for treating dogs with behavioral issues. The whole point of its design is to allow maximum ventilation for an agitated pup.
Dogs are one of the most creative creatures to exist. Don’t be surprised if Spud figures out how to unlock his cage. Nevertheless, you could be making it easier for him.
Ensure that you examine the lock type on your dog crate. Many claim to be escape-proof but turn out to be just as good as a box.
Safety buckles are good reinforcements for locks, though they shouldn’t rely on them solely.
Slide bolt latches don’t need much technique to master. On the other hand, slam latches close on impact, and most require a key to open them back up.
Overall, dog owners show the most success with double chain locks, like those from the Homey store. Sometimes, I even get confused by their style!
Most heavy-duty crates come with wheels to help move them around. But if you’re into serious travel (I mean airtime), you need something compact and a bit lightweight.
Our crate selection from Pet Gear is perfect for travel. It’s foldable and comes with a travel bag.
Beware, however, that not all travel agencies allow pets on board their flights. And not all those who permit them will pay your pet any dignity.
You should always request information on their air travel guidelines. Some companies have strict policies for dogs and animal crates.
Here’s what the AVMA has to say on the matter:
“Make sure that your pet is allowed where you are staying. Some accommodations will allow pets, and some will not so check in advance. Also, when traveling, you should bring a portable kennel with you if you have to leave your pet unattended.”
It’s not just about having wheels on dog kennels. Pet hygiene is essential, too.
I always tell clients to check if there’s a removable plastic tray beneath the crate. These usually collect food and puppy waste that would otherwise soil the cage.
No dog wants to lie in their filth, and the tray takes away the hassle of always having to peep inside your pet’s crate.
Homey Pet Store earns all our points here with their convenient wire crates. Their model even includes a feeding port at the front of the cage. You won’t need to open the main door and risk another escape during lunchtime!