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Crate or Carrier?

What is best for a puppy, a crate or carrier? I am setting up an area in the back hallway for my new puppy. I am trying to decide what would be best for my puppy. I know that dogs like a "den-like" living space, just trying to figure out what to do. Could anyone help?
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hmmmmmm, I would think you might want both .. and an x-pen... LOL

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Hi Tammy: Would I need both? One for home and one to take along on trips? And what is an x-pen? I will also need a gate to keep my puppy in one area.
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Hi Tammy: Would I need both? One for home and one to take along on trips? And what is an x-pen? I will also need a gate to keep my puppy in one area.
yes, one for traveling (hard plastic) and one for home (wire one) sometimes work well for people.... but every puppy is different!
go to amazon.com and search for excersize pens, it should display a variety of 'cage-like' fencing that can be manuverd any way you want it: a large circle, a small square, ... they are usually metal, about 8 panels and can be folded flat.
Invaluable to confine a small puppy when you are working on potty training. They are VERY easily moved and can be used to block off things also that you don't want puppy getting at (CHristmas tree, etc ... LOL).

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Thanks, that's great advice. I can't wait...
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Gabby loves her crate --- plastic one --- she's had it since she was a pup. She sleeps in it every night and I use to use it to travel when she was real little. Get one that is big enough that she'll grow into

Ex-pens are great too (for when they are young)

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Since I show Kodi, he has a plastic, hard-sided crate (carrier, but we never "carry" him in it!) for him to relax in at shows. He has another one in my office, with the door detached, where he likes to hang out while I'm working. He USED to sleep in a wire crate attached to an ex-pen at night (his choice) but this year, during the extended 4th of July fire works in our area, he got really afraid. Now he ONLY wants to sleep in his smaller, cosy, plastic crates. So NOW we have a 3rd plastic crate inside his ex-pen. I'm going to just take the wire crate down and put it away, as he has NO interest in it anymore.

I think the plastic crates are cozier, but if you live in an area where heat is an issue, the better air flow in a wire crate might be better. You can always cover (or partially cover) it with a towel or sheet to make it more den-like.


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