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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-15-2006, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Crates - Wire Mesh or Airline Style?

What is your preference? My dane has a (massive) Airline type crate.

Also, do you cover it when its time for your dog to sleep? I used to leave her in a seperate room, so I didn't cover it, but now that her crate is in my bedroom, I've been covering it.

Any opinions? Preferences?
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We have the airline type crates for all the dogs. Sophie isn't crated, though, and hasn't been since she was a puppy. She sleeps in the bed with me and is well behaved and can be left alone all day if we're going out. Rocky, on the other hand, is crated. I have to cover his crate completely with a blanket otherwise he freaks out. He'll actually yelp and bark until you cover it...then he's silent and goes to sleep .

My mom covers Bambi's crate because it helps her sleep but it's not completely necessary.




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Gumbo has an airline type crate that he stays in when I'm gone. He sleeps with me. When I'm not there and my room mate is, he'll go in there and lie down or take a toy in and chew happily. I've never tried the wire crates with him, though.

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Lady has an airline type crate and we always cover her so that the cat leaves her alone...my cat has found away to let Lady out every night so she can sleep in the crate so we also had to buy one for the cat, we put it next to Lady's and now the cat throws a fit till shes covered to lol...Puppers has a crate but he sleeps with me under the covers so I guess hes covered at night as well

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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-16-2006, 12:35 PM
 
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Neither of my dogs use a crate now. When they were little I used the wire type crates. I like them, but if I ever have to travel, Ill have to get an airline crate.
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all my life my parents had wire mesh with blankets on the bottom. the dogs understood it was meant to hold them not isolate them. they'd just go to sleep because they were content they could see us, they never barked!

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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-16-2006, 01:44 PM
 
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airline style.
the are more secure feeling (id think)
but you could use the wire kinds and throw a blanket over most of it. i have heard dogs like that closed in secure feel. i know Ruckus does.. well oviously because his crate is his favorite place in the world
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we use the airline style with allie, we've never felt the need to cover it, but then again shes hardly ever locked in, we dont even have the door on most of the time



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I have the wire style. Although when they were puppies I used the airline style. I have a board over the top of the kennels and it's covered with material. I looks like a table. I didn't realize how necessary the cover was until we moved them out of the dining room into their new room. I wasn't going to carry up the board that night but they freaked out barking. When they were covered they did much better. I have the crates back to back so they can see eachother.

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Mirra and Syd have the plastic, airline type. Scarlette has a huge wire crate. She gets nervous if I cover it so we leave her uncovered.


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I use the airline crates with my fosters.I normally don't cover them,but my last foster dog,Silvan, had security issues as she was severaly abused and so the ONLY way she settled in her crate was if I put a towel over it during the night.Otheriwse she freaked out in it.




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Hm. Interesting! My little girl Great Dane fits in her airline crate, but I'm afraid if/when I get a male he'll be too big for that one, and that's the biggest airline crate out there. But I'm not too fond of the wire mesh kind - but maybe it'll be okay?
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I have both.

Kota's is an airline style... She likes it best, as far as I can tell. But its on the small side and I plan on getting a collosal wire crate for our Dane boy. We already have an extra large wire crate, but I plan on making Kota use it when the new puppy arrives. So then he can work his way up to the collosal one. I found one at Anderson's that was WAY huge, and will definately hold a male Great Dane...

Now if we can only find it for less. I'm NOT spending 300, almost 400 bucks on a crate.


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Stella's was $200.
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post #15 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-19-2006, 09:27 AM
 
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we use the air line style and covered it until reggie figured out how to pull the blanket through the little holes and shred it so now we just close the laundry room door so he can't see the cats.
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