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Old 12-05-2014, 06:54 AM   #1
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Best collapsible dog crate?

Does anyone have a favorite portable / fold-able / collapsible dog crate that they can recommend? I need a fairly large one - 24 by 36 inch footprint.

I don't necessarily mean a crate for active use while inside your trailer or motorhome, but one that you take with you in case you need it (for example, we frequently visit other folks in their homes and summer cottages, residences that are not dog-proofed).

The problem with crate-shopping on the internet is that the postings usually show nylon crates that are set up, and they provide no information on how they fold down. Some only fold into their own fixed footprint, the same way a steel crate does. That would be useless for a trailer or motorhome. I need a good one that collapses into a very compact storage shape more like those portable infant play yards do.

Incidentally, as I was searching this forum for existing info on this topic, I did find reference to someone traveling with their pet duck in a dog crate. Yes, a duck. But no specs were given on the dog crate.


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Old 12-05-2014, 07:07 AM   #2
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Don't know if it's the best, but this is the kind my mom used for her dogs on the rare occasions when she traveled:
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Stages-Si.../dp/B00063MQJ4


It's available in several sizes, including 2436 and two larger sizes.
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I use soft sided crates, but they fold like a steel one. Storage isn't an issue for me as the pups travel in them so they are always set up in the TV. I like soft sided because they don't rattle. Your dog does need to be well crate trained because a determined one can dig out of it.

All of this is of no use to you, sorry.


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Petco has dog crates that fold into it self. I use the wire crate for mine and I also use the portable dog pen.


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Old 12-05-2014, 07:40 AM   #5
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Don't know if it's the best, but this is the kind my mom used for her dogs on the rare occasions when she traveled:
Amazon.com : Life Stages Fold & Carry Single-Door Dog Crate Size: Small - 24" L x 18" W x 21" H : Pet Kennels : Pet Supplies


It's available in several sizes, including 2436 and two larger sizes.
We have one of those and our dog uses it daily at home (she is not just crate-trained - she is crate-attached). We also travel with it in our minivan when needed. But there would be no room for it in an Interstate unless we put it on the roof, slung it beneath the chassis, or added it to a trailer or hitch platform. That's why I'm searching for a true collapsible version.
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We have one of those and our dog uses it daily at home (she is not just crate-trained - she is crate-attached). We also travel with it in our minivan when needed. But there would be no room for it in an Interstate unless we put it on the roof, slung it beneath the chassis, or added it to a trailer or hitch platform. That's why I'm searching for a true collapsible version.
Yeah, you would be kind of limited to loading it through the rear doors and carrying it on the bed, even if you tore it down to where you could put it back into the box it came in. Sorry.

Have you considered asking your veterinarian if he has any recommendations? He's probably exposed to as many carrier styles as anyone, through is patients' owners.
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Alison & Lawrence,

I now exactly what you're looking for: something like a Doggone Good Pack-A-Pup Tent. When set up, the footprint is 32" x 40", but it packs into its included carry case to make a compact package roughly 20" x 7" x 7". The crate assembles with exterior spars, like a tent. It is constructed of a durable nylon fabric with mesh for ventilation.

A lightly larger alternative: the Cabana Crate Ultra-Lite. Of course, both of these items are discontinued.

I have two very lightly used Pack-A-Pups from our dog show and Agility days. If you're interested in one, please email me privately. As far as I can tell, everything currently on the market folds into its own footprint (like the Nose2Nose soft crates we currently use).

As others have mentioned, soft crates do not provide crash protection and are not escape-proof. And good crate training (Crate Games or the like) is always a good investment, no matter what type of crate is used.

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Collapsible dog? That could be handy. Dog too big? Collapse him and put him in a smaller crate...
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Finally a question I can answer! Being pretty new with my AS, still learning lots. But the main reason I got the Tradewind was to go to dog shows. I raise and show Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Somehow I fit four comfortably in the trailer at night. I swear by nylabone crates. They are no longer made, but are readily available on eBay. Kind of pricey, but really worth it. All of mine are the 27 inch. Open, they are 20w x 27l x 19h. Folded, they are 20w x 27l x 3h. They are made of a high impact plastic that is very lightweight and extremely durable. Wire crates will easily weigh 30 pounds; these weigh about 13 pounds. Dogs cannot chew or rip their way out like with fabric crates. Also no bars to get paws caught in like wire crates. Easy to clean - just hose them down or better yet, take them to a "do it yourself" car wash and hit them with the wand. You can stack them if you have multiple dogs. Absolutely nothing better. They come in three sizes, one small than the 27" and one larger. Can't give you the measurements of the others as all I have are 27's. Expect to pay $100-150 for them, but well worth it.
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Alison and Lawrence,

POI...."Fado" has been crate trained from puppyhood.

We use a 'Port-a-Crate', soft sided folding crate.

It works very well if your dog is trained for traveling in one. Easy to clean & fold and is much lighter than the wire units.
Plus the mesh top provides some shade.

We use a wire folding "X-cercize Pen" at home or outside at the campsite when needed.



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Best Crate

We have the folding nylon travel dog crate from Orvis. We love it.
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I have one similar to this although not the folding type. Pictures and videos: CL3000 Folding Crate :: Zinger Dog Crates :: Zinger Sport Dog Gear Inc.
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Alison & Lawrence,

I now exactly what you're looking for: something like a Doggone Good Pack-A-Pup Tent. ...

As far as I can tell, everything currently on the market folds into its own footprint (like the Nose2Nose soft crates we currently use).

As others have mentioned, soft crates do not provide crash protection and are not escape-proof. ....

Kathryn Foran and the 'Streamin Standard Poodles
Something like that, yes, but unfortunately that unit is discontinued.

We don't have to worry about our dog escaping her crate - she is crate-attached, having slept in one for almost five years now. She gets a bit agoraphobic without it. This summer prior to buying our Interstate, we took a cross-continent trip in our minivan. We loaded her steel crate into the van so that we could set it up in hotels (actually dragged it up to the 23rd floor of the Park Lane Hotel in Manhattan). Each time we would unpack the crate, she would be overjoyed at having her familiar home reappear.

I don't need a crate for traveling on the road, just for landing at cottages and hotels and peoples' houses. If you show up to visit someone, the first thing they say is "let's celebrate and go out to dinner". Which is wonderful, except I have to put the dog up first. So far as this has happened, we have simply left the dog in the Interstate (which is like a giant crate), because it is winter and there is no danger of the vehicle getting too warm. But in warmer weather, she'll have to be moved to some unfamiliar indoor place.

Thanks for the suggestion. At least now I have a picture of the type of device I'm looking for.
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Collapsible dog? That could be handy. Dog too big? Collapse him and put him in a smaller crate...
In a similar vein of comic relief, attached is a screengrab of one of the images returned during my internet search. I was looking for 'dog crate' but Google has pre-associated me with the term "Airstream" and so this type of thing is the amalgamated result.


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