Differences Between Pet Containment Systems
If this is first time you’re shopping for dog crates you may find it a little complicated. You may have noticed already that use of word kennel can be somewhat confusing. So before making a final selection it's a good idea to learn about differences between some pet containment systems. Equipped with this information you'll be ready to choose best crate for your dog.
How Can I Tell The Difference Between Dog Crates, Dog Kennels & Pet Carriers If They're All Called Kennels?
A “kennel” is a very general term meaning a place where dogs are bred or kept. By its very definition it can be used to describe a broad range of pet containment products such as pet carriers, dog crates, pet exercise pens and outdoor pet kennels.
For example, a wire kennel and a hard plastic kennel sound very similar because both are called kennels. In some ways they are very different. Depending on how you plan to use it there are certain features that you'll need it to have. This is why it’s very important to focus on features that you need. Only after carefully reviewing features of a specific model can you be certain that it will adequately fulfill all your needs.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
A wire dog crate or kennel is designed to safely contain your pet. But, it’s not designed to be picked up and moved around with your pet inside it. Although available in soft-side models, soft crates are usually not referred to as kennels.
A hard plastic carrier or kennel is designed so that your dog can safely travel inside carrier. Pet carriers also come in soft-side models. Soft pet carriers are not usually referred to as kennels.
Some hard plastic pet carriers make ideal dog crates, but a dog crate is usually not a good substitute for a hard pet carrier.
What Are Some Of The Basic Features of Dog Crates & Pet Carriers
Wire Dog Crates / Kennels
Used for crate training, housing breaking and as an everyday crate Many models are available with divider panels for growing puppies Can be used to contain your pet in a vehicle Available in collapsible or folding models Not approved for airline travel Offers most visibility and ventilation - well suited for heavy-coated dogs
Soft Dog Crates & Tents Soft crates & tents are light weight, portable, easy to set up & take down Can be used as an everyday crate Not approved for airline travel Pet must be well crate trained Not for diggers, chewers, aggressive dogs or dogs that experience anxiety while crated
Hard Plastic Pet Carriers / Kennels Hard plastic pet carriers are used to carry and transport pets Some models can be used as an everyday crate Many are approved for airline travel Not recommended for growing puppies since they don’t come with divider panels Can be used to contain your pet in a vehicle Available in collapsible models
Soft Pet Carrier Bags (for pets under 25lbs)
Soft pet carriers are designed to safely transport a small dog Can be used to contain your pet in a vehicle A soft pet carrier should not be used as a dog crate Many are approved for airline travel and some can be taken in cabin if carrier fits under seat in front of you.