Just curious as to what kind of crates/kennels people use in their house. I use a crate which is really a large carrier. I have seen the metal kennels which is probably what you are suppose to use, but I just like the looks of the kennels better. What do you use? I have to buy one more for the house and was trying to decide which kind to buy.
we have the wire crates. they are in the dining room though, so i made covers for them that match the drapes so they blend in better, andit doens't look loke doggie day care while we eat. i fond them easier to clean, am deasier to travel with. plus, i can remove the cover and air can circulate around on warm days. the carrier types, not the case.
I use the metal ones also. I used the plastic carriers before and still do when traveling but I found that the dogs were chewing up the plastic on the inside of the crate when they were teehting or just because they wanted out so i switched to metal for overnights and while gone and the plastic for traveling.
I personally prefer the plastic Vari-Kennels or solid metal crates. I have used the metal wire crates that collapse, but stopped after hearing about these tradgedies: 1. a woman left her pup in the wire crate for about an hour while she was away. She came home and found her pup dead. The pup had been reaching for something outside the crate, got her collar stuck in a corner, and choked to death. 2. a friend left his dog for 2 hours while away and came home to a bloody mess. His dog had tried squeezing through a small spot by the gate, got his jaw caught, panicked, and broke his jaw. The dog went through 3 surgeries to fix his jaw. Metal wire crates are fine if the dogs are supervised or very calm. I have had dogs catch thier collars or get a paw stuck in them and I didn't like that. I have had great success with Vari-Kennels and the solid metal crates. They are much safer and more comfortable for the dog (more denlike). Not to mention they can be easier to clean and if they are in the house, you can use them as endtables!
I don't keep collars on my dogs due to the many, many accidents they could cause. Some of you know that I had a puppy die a few months ago because a stick got in his collar and he choked to death. It was horrible. I know it was probably a feak accident, but I cannot bring myself to leave a collar on my dogs when they are unattended. I leave their collars attached to their leashes. They are puppies right now, so neither one try to run out of the house or anything. However, I know that is always a possibility. I want to get them microchipped as soon as I can afford it.