Frisco Ultimate Heavy Duty Steel Metal Single Door Dog Crate review

Features

  • Best heavy-duty crate
  • Strong steel and dual locks
  • Stands up to destructive behavior

If you’re looking for the best crate for a dog with separation anxiety, the Frisco Ultimate Heavy Duty Steel Metal Single Door Dog Crate is an excellent choice.

If your dog displays destructive behaviors as a result of their anxiety, this crate is the 1 for you. It’s very heavy-duty, made from strong steel, and features dual locks to keep your dog safely confined.

The crate has a grated floor with a removable plastic slide-out tray underneath to keep your dog comfortable and clean (see also ‘How To Clean A Dog Crate‘).

I find these plastic trays very helpful, as they’re easy to slide out even while your dog is still in the crate to make cleaning up any mess or accidents simple and hassle-free.

The metal mesh means it’s very well-ventilated and allows your dog to keep an eye on what’s going on outside their new safe space. The crate comes in 2 sizes to suit medium and large breed dogs (see also ‘The Ultimate Dog Crate Sizing Guide (By Breed)‘).

While this crate is on the higher end of the price range, if your dog is destructive it’s well worth the investment to keep them safe.

Frisco Ultimate Heavy Duty Steel Metal Single Door Dog Crate

Pros

  • Owners found this crate very secure and sturdy, keeping even extreme escape artists safely confined
  • Bigger dogs, like Labradors and German Shepherds, found this crate roomy yet small enough to help them feel safe and calm
  • Some found the wheels were very handy for moving the crate, especially in small homes where the crate needed to be moved at night
  • Many owners felt that, despite the higher price, the crate was worth the investment for its strength and security
  • Despite being heavy-duty, most dogs found the space comfortable especially when some comfort items such as beds and blankets were added

Cons

  • Some owners found that the ball bearings fell out of the wheels when the crate was moved around a lot
  • When dogs frequently bit the bars, some owners found that the crate became rusty in well-bitten areas
  • Heavy and harder to move than other crates

Frisco Indoor & Outdoor 3-Door Collapsible Soft-Sided Dog Crate review

Features

  • Best soft-sided crate
  • Cozy and comfortable
  • Easy to clean and transport

The Frisco Indoor & Outdoor 3-Door Collapsible Soft-Sided Dog Crate is 1 of the best crates for separation anxiety, especially if you’re looking for something soft and cozy.

Being soft-sided, lightweight, and foldable, this crate isn’t particularly strong but is great for dogs who aren’t destructive when they’re anxious.

It has 3 mesh doors with locking clips, which I found created a cozy, well-ventilated area making my dog feel safe while still allowing them to look out at the world.

A water-resistant base that can be hand-washed helps keep your pup comfortable and is easy to clean if they have an accident. The crate is available in a wide range of sizes to suit all breeds. It comes at a very reasonably low price.

Frisco Indoor & Outdoor 3-Door Collapsible Soft-Sided Dog Crate

Pros

  • Owners found that the crate was lightweight and easily portable, making it great for travel
  • Many felt that this crate was very affordable and had good value
  • Easy access through 3 doors, making it easy to get your dog in and out of the crate no matter where it’s positioned
  • Spacious enough for your dog to turn around and lie comfortably, yet cozy enough to keep them calm
  • Mesh provides ventilation yet the crate is still dark and ‘den-like’, which owners found helpful for anxious dogs

Cons

  • Not suitable for dogs who are destructive or try to escape, as it’s not designed to be particularly sturdy
  • Some owners felt the material wasn’t as durable as other crates they’d tried
  • Some found that it was too warm for their dog during hot weather

Petmate Two Door Top Load Dog & Cat Kennel review

Features

  • Best plastic crate for small breeds
  • Sturdy structure and secure latch
  • Cozy and comfortable

The Petmate Two Door Top Load Dog & Cat Kennel is a fantastic option for small breeds with separation anxiety.

It’s made from sturdy plastic and steel wire, and features a secure latch to keep your pup confined safely. 2 entryways provide easy access for you and your pup.

Plenty of ventilation will keep your dog comfortable and cool, while the plastic is easy to keep clean. The plastic sides help to keep your dog feeling cozy and enclosed, which I’ve found really helps with anxious dogs.

This crate can even double as a carrier and comes at an amazingly low price.

Petmate Two Door Top Load Dog & Cat Kennel

Pros

  • Easy to assemble, requiring no tools, and with simple-to-follow instructions
  • 2 doors provide easy access for the dog and owner, while also allowing the dog to peep out
  • Many owners found that the option to use the crate as a carrier was very useful
  • Easy to clean which is helpful if your dog has accidents when nervous or during travel
  • Lightweight which owners found helpful during travel or for moving the crate around the home

Cons

  • Some owners found that the ventilation holes were sharper than expected, which they felt was a safety hazard
  • Some felt that the crate was not as sturdy as expected, particularly regarding the 2 plastic sections which clip together
  • Some owners found the size description misleading

MidWest Homes New World Dog Crate review

Features

  • Best on a budget
  • Affordable price
  • Strong, secure construction

The MidWest Homes New World Dog Crate is ideal if you’re on a budget but still need a secure crate for your pup.

Made with high-quality metal and featuring dual locks, this crate is designed to keep your dog safe. Paw block technology works to stop your dog from opening the locks from the inside.

I loved that this crate was easy to assemble with no tools required. It even folds down for storage or transport! Like many of the other crates here, it has a removable plastic bottom for easy cleaning.

Unlike some of the other options, the floor is solid which can be more comfortable for your dog. However, it’s not as strong as the heavy-duty options.

Overall, I think this crate comes at an excellent, affordable price and is high quality. It comes in a range of sizes to suit most breeds.

MidWest Homes New World Dog Crate

Pros

  • Owners found this crate was easy to assemble and fold down for storage
  • Most owners felt this crate was fantastic value for money
  • Highly durable, with many owners saying it had lasted for years
  • Owners liked the range of sizes and felt the crate gave their dogs plenty of room
  • Option for single or double door to suit owners’ needs

Cons

  • Some felt the plastic floor wasn’t strong enough
  • May not be suitable for strong dogs who are destructive when anxious, with some owners finding their dog could escape from this crate
  • Some owners said the crate wasn’t sturdy enough

SMONTER Heavy Duty Dog Crate Strong Metal Pet Kennel Playpen review

Features

  • Best bite-proof crate
  • Y-pattern prevents dog biting
  • Heavy-duty construction

If you need a heavy-duty crate for dogs who tend to bite when they’re anxious, the SMONTER Heavy Duty Dog Crate Strong Metal Pet Kennel Playpen could be the best choice for you. It’s made from welded steel bars to ensure it’s highly durable.

There are strong double locks with safety buckles to prevent escape. Best of all, the top of the crate features a Y-shape pattern to stop your dog from getting its mouth through the bars and biting its way out.

I liked that this crate came partially assembled, making putting it together quick and easy. It is very heavy, so I’d recommend having someone else on hand.

Like some of the other options here, it has a removable plastic tray for easy cleaning and wheels for easy transport once assembled. A choice of sizes is available to suit most medium to large dogs.

SMONTER Heavy Duty Dog Crate Strong Metal Pet Kennel Playpen

Pros

  • Most owners found this crate was highly secure, standing up to dogs who had previously escaped or destroyed other crates
  • Some said it looked more aesthetically pleasing than some other wire crates
  • Many felt the wheels were handy, allowing them to move the crate with ease
  • Most felt this crate was comfortable and spacious for their dog
  • Several owners said this product gave them peace of mind when they were out of the home

Cons

  • Some dogs were able to escape over time as the crate wore
  • The crate is very heavy, with some owners finding it hard to put together or move

LEMBERI 48/38 inch Heavy Duty Indestructible Dog Crate review

Features

  • Best double-door heavy-duty crate
  • Access from the side and top
  • Strong, reinforced construction

If you need a heavy-duty crate for your dog with separation anxiety, the LEMBERI 48/38 inch Heavy Duty Indestructible Dog Crate is an ideal choice.

This crate is made with 20-gauge steel and reinforced 0.5” diameter steel tubes to ensure it’s durable and strong. Anti-escape locks work to keep your dog securely enclosed.

I liked that this crate had two access points: a side door for your dog to get in and out, and roof access so you can interact with your dog while they’re inside.

The removable tray makes cleaning up easy. However, you may need to add bedding on top of the mesh crate bottom for your dog’s comfort.

This crate is fairly easy to assemble considering how heavy-duty it is. Once assembled, there are locking wheels to allow you to move the crate around your home with ease.

LEMBERI 48/38 inch Heavy Duty Indestructible Dog Crate

Pros

  • Many owners felt that this crate was high-quality and well made
  • Owners generally found this crate was strong enough to keep their dog safely contained, even for large breeds or those who are escape artists
  • Some found that the crate was simple to assemble, especially with 2 people
  • Owners found this crate gave their dogs plenty of room
  • Several owners stated this crate was worth the investment and gave them peace of mind

Cons

  • Some owners found the crate tricky to assemble
  • May need to add an additional layer due to the wire bottom

LUCKUP Heavy Duty Dog Cage Strong Metal Kennel and Crate review

Features

  • Best for medium to large dogs
  • 38 inches long
  • Strong, heavy-duty construction

The LUCKUP Heavy Duty Dog Cage Strong Metal Kennel and Crate is an excellent choice if you have an escape artist due to separation anxiety.

It’s constructed from industrial corrosion-resistant steel, making it extremely strong and durable. There are 2 reinforced locks on the door to prevent escape.

Like many other crates here, there’s a removable plastic floor that is convenient for cleaning. There is a slatted floor, so you may need to add another layer for your dog’s comfort. I liked that there were locking casters to make moving the crate easily.

I felt this crate was very high-quality and feel it’s worth the investment if you have a strong, anxious dog.

LUCKUP Heavy Duty Dog Cage Strong Metal Kennel and Crate

Pros

  • Most owners found this crate kept their dog contained, even with strong dogs who had previously destroyed other crates
  • Many owners said the crate was easy to assemble in minutes
  • Easy to move around with the wheels, even for older people or those with limited strength
  • A removable plastic pan makes cleaning up easy
  • Several owners said this crate was worth the price due to the quality and the peace of mind it gave

Cons

  • May need to buy another bottom layer due to the slats
  • Some found their determined dog could escape this crate
  • Some owners found the latches failed over time