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Dog Crate Cost


How Much Does a Dog Crate Cost?

 
low costPortable Crates: $35-$200average costWire Crates: $60-$350high costDecorative Crates: $100-$570

Crates provide a temporary shelter for a pet. A safe and comfortable "room" of its own, crates keep the dog safe and secure while the owner is away or has company, or during travel.

Typical costs:

  • Crates vary in cost from $25 to $571, depending on the material and the size. There are three basic styles.
  • Wire crates are most common and typically cost $60 to $350. Kennel-Aire's popular, collapsible Black Professional series is sold for $130 to $230 at most pet stores.
  • Portable crates are useful especially for outdoorsy pet owners or frequent airplane travelers. There are two types of portable crates, soft and hard. Soft crates are often made of nylon and are best for calmer pets that won't topple them over. These typically cost $35 to $200, depending on the size of the crate. Hard crates, like Pet Den Dog Crate[1] that starts at $25 in its petite size, are typically made of molded plastic.
  • Decorative crates costs from $100 to $570. Decorative crates, sometimes called pet enclosure furniture, are made mostly of hardwood or wicker. Some double as usable furniture, like an end table, such as Orvis's Wood/Metal Deluxe Dog Crate[2] , which costs $375. DenHaus[3] is a popular decorative crate brand.
Related articles: Dog House, Pet Carrier, Owning a Dog

What should be included:
  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says crates are an essential pet supply. Many dog experts point out that dogs were once den dwellers, and appreciate their own enclosed space within a home.
  • The ASPCA notes that crates work well for puppies, especially during housetraining. The society provides a detailed account of how to crate train a dog of any age over a weekend.
  • Wire cages are easy to clean and allow for plenty of airflow and visibility for the pet. They are often foldable, allowing for easy storage and portability. This could prevent injuries.
  • Other portable crates are made of hard plastic, such as those that can be used for airline travel, and soft nylon, for camping and other outdoors activities.
  • Dogtime magazine briefly weighs the pros and cons[4] of different crate types.
Additional costs:
  • Most crates come with a pan in the bottom that is removable for washing or replacing once worn. Small replacement pans can be purchased for about $10; large replacement pans cost about$50. For example, replacement pans for Midwest models cost $30 to $40 at Petsmart[5] .
  • Crate beds, which add comfort and warmth in the otherwise utilitarian crate, cost $10 to $49. iDogBeds.com offers the Precision SnooZZy Sleeper Dog Bed[6] for $10 to $25.
  • A divider panel, available in wire crates, is a single, wire wall that is the just shorter and taller than the crate. A panel is useful for a growing puppy because keeping the crate compact yet a comfortable size will keep the dog controlled. These sell for about $25. Petco sells Petmate wire kennel dividers[7] for $25 to $47.
  • Precision sells a clamp fan for dog crates. The K-9 Kooler[8] costs about $12.
  • Crate covers insulate, cushion it for comfort and darken it for a calmer experience. They cost $18-$110.
  • A cart for transporting larger crates is available for about $65 to $130. Carts are usually made of sturdy metal, have four rotating wheels and have either straps or a handle for pulling. The Precision Pet Dog Kennel Kart costs $78 at MightyPets.com[9]
Shopping for a dog crate:
  • The American Kennel Club[10] advises buying a model that's large enough for the pet to stand, turn and lie down at full size. Make sure it has handles and grips and doesn't have parts sticking out on the inside. The crate should have an absorbent, leak-proof bottom and ventilation on opposing sides.
  • Petco[11] , Amazon[12] , and Drs Foster & Smith[13] .
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  1.  www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=16017&rel=1
  2.  www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=3C56
  3.  www.denhaus.com/den/b/build.asp?page=Home_DenHaus_Dog_Crate_Furniture&
  4.  dogtime.com/dog-crates.html
  5.  www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2752844&utm_source=googleproduct&utm_...
  6.  www.doghouses.com/dog-beds/728+732.cfm
  7.  www.petco.com/product/13745/Petmate-Wire-Kennel-Dividers.aspx
  8.  www.precisionpet.com/detail.aspx?ID=19
  9.  www.mightypets.com/KennelKart-DogCrateDollyCart-PrecisionPets.aspx
  10.  www.akc.org/public_education/travel_tips.cfm
  11.  www.petco.com/N_22_4294956564/Dog-Crates-Kennels-and-Carriers.aspx
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