Dog Crates

All about Dog Crates

PetMate Kennel


I’ve used PetMate Kennel (aka: Vari Kennel) for decades housing many thousands of dogs in them safely.  Here’s why I love them:

Sturdy – These crates do not wear out. The only part that has needed replacement from time to time in the doors and those are readily available. Full disclosure: I use zip ties instead of the screws provided. Zip ties are faster and easier to use then those screws but for “set it up once and be done” life in a pet household there may be no need. If you use the screws, use them as show with the plastic nut on top. That way, if the screw loosens, the nut will fall off and you’ll notice.

Easiest to clean – If you have ever tried to clean up a dog mess from a wire crate, you’ll immediately understand the appeal of a petmate kennel. Mess is contained – it is not on the floor or the wall or every wire.

Reassuring – Anxious or fearful dogs often feel more secure in an enclosed space. They can curl up in the back and feel pretty protected. In a wire cage they are fully exposed.

Least escapable  – Almost any crate can be escaped by one dog or another, but these hold up well to many dogs. If a dog starts to focus on the gate, turn the entire kennel toward the wall. That generally stops that.

The only two downsides of these are: they don’t fold up for simple storage and they aren’t as ventilated as a wire cage.

Petmate Ultra Vari Kennel

  • Durable wire windows with rear vents
  • Heavy duty kennel fasteners and a secure locking door
  • Features 25% recycled materials
  • Meets USDA and IATA requirements for shipping live animals
  • 6 Sizes
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Petmate Two Door Crate
Petmate Two Door Top Load 

  • 2 Door construction allows for easy access
  • Steel and plastic combine for strength, safety and visibility
  • Comfort carry handle
  • Water Cup not Included
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Petmate cratePetmate 21647 Pet Porter Fashion Dog Crate, Giant, Dark Gray

  • Perfect for light travel around town or to the vet?s office
  • Heavy-duty plastic shell with wire door and plastic wingnuts
  • 48 x 32 x 35 inches
  • Ideal for pets up to 34 inches tall
  • Meets airline requirements
  • Made in the U.S.A.; 1-year manufacturer?s warranty
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Petmate Pet Carrier
Petmate 21087 Pet Porter Fashion Dog Crate

  • Small, inconspicuous case your pet will enjoy traveling in
  • Cool ventilation on all sides with quick-latching front door
  • Easy to carry with shoulder strap eyelets
  • Made in the U.S.A.; 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • 3 Sizes/5 Colors
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