If you’re a dog owner, you’re also a dog lover. That means you want the best for your furry friend!
Just like you enjoy having your own personal space to relax in, your dog does as well. This is where they go to get away from things for some peace and quiet, to relax and sleep in peace. This is especially important in a house with children or other pets. Beyond this, sequestering him for a while will keep your dog safe and help train him. By providing a safe space and effective training, you’re helping your dog to feel loved in a safe and clean place. So the question becomes: do you use a plastic crate or a larger, chain link dog kennel for your pooch?
Plastic Dog Crate
Pros: Most of these are airline approved or can fit in your vehicle, so they can be useful for traveling. They are easy to clean out, only requiring a hose. You can stack them in your garage when not in use if you have multiple dogs.
Cons: While these are popular, they are not the best choice for most situations. Since they are plastic, they can be chewed by a particularly-determined dog. Also, the plastic absorbs odors, so you may find that over time you’ll decide against traveling with it in your car. In addition, they are generally small and your puppy will grow out of his and require a new one or multiple ones for different situations.
Metal Dog Kennel
Pros: A quality dog kennel is made to last. You won’t need to purchase multiple kennels, your dog will grow and still enjoy his “bedroom.” Dogs cannot break their way through these, so they’re the perfect place to safely put a dog while entertaining guests, in time-out, or away from the house. Also, the “open air” design allows for a lot of airflow and since it’s metal, it won’t absorb odors. Your dog kennel will never stay stinky the way a plastic crate will, even if your dog makes a mess inside.
Cons: Metal dog kennels cannot travel with you the way a small crate can, in a vehicle or on a plane. However, with a reputable company you can have one that is free standing, meaning your portable kennel has unlimited uses. With a high-quality dog kennel from Central Fence, there are no postholes to dig and no special tools required- just a wrench.
All of these benefits apply, of course, if you buy the correct size for his age and breed. We can help you with that as well! Download our free guide Your How-To Guide For Sizing a Dog Kennel to Fit Your Breed so you can know exactly which dimensions are best for your pet. We will be glad to assist you in the design and selection of just the kennel for you and your dog’s needs.