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    DefaultFabric or wire crates.?

    I am looking at buying one of these for Tessa. Only 2 available in N.Z.
    Pet Carrier Soft Foldable Royal Blue X-Large - Pet Carriers - Pet Gear - Browse Trade Tested. I will be getting the largest which is about 48 inches
    .Collapsible Soft Dog Crate Cage Grey 4X-Large | Trade Me

    I have a wire one for Erns, which she has been sharing, but now needs her own.

    Which of these is better or wire?
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    Either look fine. If she is calm in her crate, then either should be fine. If she ever gets anxious and digs at the door of the crate, you could lose your $150 investment in a minute. Something to think about.

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    If you're also going to use it in a vehicle, the wire one. Soft sided crates are not made for vehicle safety in a crash. If you just want something to use in the house, at shows, traveling, etc, then go with the soft one. They are much lighter to carry then a wire one. Of course, that's assuming Tessa won't chew or dig through it. As for which one, I like the one in the first link. They both appear to be pretty much the same, but the first one has nicer flaps that cover the sides, and it looks like it comes with a carrying bag.

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    She doesn't dig she jumps. I thought maybe the soft side may not be as hard on her leg as the hard wire one if she is jumping.Plus not as high to give her the room to jump. Probably tip the thing over.

    I have been parking in the street and sneaking in so as to lessen the time she is jumping. Above the door are all scratched with her jumping when I come home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kassabella View Post
    She doesn't dig she jumps...
    Oh, that reminded me- if she's a "flopper", make sure your real close the first time you put her in a soft crate. The first time I put Caleb in one, he flopped against the side of it with enough force that it started to go over on its side before I stopped it. It only took that one time for him to learn not to flop against the side.

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    Remember that soft-sided crates can be chewed. I would go for wire; she can see everything that's going on and it really will not give her room to jump up. I have a 42" for Champ and it is more than big enough for him. A good pad will help.
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    I'd go wire also, especially for a extended confined time. Any chewing, scratching or whatever and the soft side is toast. I only use my soft sides at shows, and with the dogs I know will not fidget. The soft sides certainly WILL tip over, and if Tessa gets excited when you come home (even just bouncing as little as she can in a crate), it will tip over. It does not sound like you will be carrying it around a lot, so the weight of the wire crate should not be a factor.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Belles mom View Post
    I'd go wire also, especially for a extended confined time. Any chewing, scratching or whatever and the soft side is toast. I only use my soft sides at shows, and with the dogs I know will not fidget. The soft sides certainly WILL tip over, and if Tessa gets excited when you come home (even just bouncing as little as she can in a crate), it will tip over. It does not sound like you will be carrying it around a lot, so the weight of the wire crate should not be a factor.
    I was hoping to move to which ever end of the house we are in as the one I have is too heavy and has broken out the top.

    But I do think you are all right about it tipping. I looked at one today and it isn't as heavy and thought.Does look great for short periods. They are $350 in the pet shop. Wow...

    Jackie I thought about her seeing more in a wire crate.
    Melissa I didn't' think of the flopping either. I thought maybe if she doesn't use it Erns will, but he is a flopper. I can just see his face as he up ends himself.
    I have moved the crate and he keeps going to where it has always been, looks at me barks, and lays down on the floor.He wants his man cave back.
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    I bought four sheets of rigid wire mesh 4' x 4' and connected them with old leash clips on all four corners with pipe insulation on the bottom to stop it scratching the floor.

    I was then able to fix it to the wall to stop him charging around the room with it !

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    Colin that sounds good. I was looking at a dog pen thing, but she would jump out of that. Maybe not this week, but she would.I can't believe she can jump, yelp and still keep trying in a crate.She bends herself over to give herself more room and jumps.
    I have an idea. Will let you know if it works. lol.

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