Soft Dog Crates: Pros & Cons
Dog owners have many choices when it comes to dog crates. They can be made from plastic, metal, wood, or fabric which are otherwise known as soft crates.
Dog crates are meant to provide a dog with a safe place at home or when traveling. Gusto has stayed in a crate as a puppy when I have had to leave the house and no one was home to supervise his activities and in the car as a safe, secure place to rest.
For the sake of this discussion, let's review the pro's and con's of soft fabric dog crates.
Pros of Soft Dog Crates
- Easy to Assemble and Disassemble
- Plenty of ventilation
- Increased visibility
- More comfortable padding
- Usually have storage pockets
- Great for travel
- Fabric can be replaced if torn or destroyed by chewing dog
- No sharp edges
- No one can drop food in or poke at your dog
- Doors roll up and can be secured
- Less expensive than hard crates
- Folds down flat for easy storage
Cons of Soft Dog Crates
- Lightweight – can be blown around if used outside at events
- Dogs can shuffle their position by wiggling inside the crate
- Houdini dogs can escape by opening the zipper
- Fabric can be chewed and torn by dogs
- Not for puppies or destructive dogs
- Not always allowed at dog sporting events
So Should You Buy A Soft Dog Crate For Your Dog?
Yes, if you have a dog that is happy staying in a crate while traveling or in the home. No, if you have a puppy that likes to chew, a dog with separation anxiety, or a dog that has been successful at escaping a crate in the past.
Will I Buy Another Soft Dog Crate For Gusto?
Gusto has been able to unzip an unsecured front zipper on his Noz2Noz Firstrax soft crate. When that zipper was secured, he ripped through the mesh window and escaped. He didn't do this because he didn't like the soft crate. He did this because he wanted to be free in the house.
The good news is that I can fix the mesh that Gusto tore. I can replace the wire crate in the car with this soft crate so that he will be more comfortable. In case of an accident, Gusto's body and limbs will stay inside the soft crate and the give and take of the fabric will lessen the likelihood of severe bruising that would happen if he were in a wire crate.
Do you and your dogs like soft crates? Why? Do you prefer one brand over another brand? Leave your comment below and…
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