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A crate will eventually become a home for your dog.  You’ll even find them in there when the door isn’t shut, just relaxing.  That is the goal for crate training.  It’s a good thing too.  When we were training my service dog (when he was a puppy), if we left him out when we were out of the house he would chew through the upholstery on the couch and play with the springs.  Nope, not kidding.  After his destructive tendencies went away and he was potty trained we would still find him in his crate when we were home.  We propped the door open so he could get in and out freely.

The Benefits of Plastic Crates

  • Restricts the dog’s view of his surroundings (may be a disadvantage depending on the dog and situation)
  • Provides more insulation; good for cooler areas
  • Can be disassembled for storage
  • Can be used as an open dog bed by removing the top
  • Many are airline approved
  • May give greater protection in an auto accident
  • Usually weigh less than wire crates
  • Usually have a variety of colors

Disadvantages of Plastic Crates

  • Allow less airflow, not the best for hot or humid areas
  • Will not fold flat
  • At larger sizes, very difficult to move around