There is nothing more heart-wrenching than looking at those sad puppy eyes as you walk out the door without a leash in hand. The situation is even worse when howling and crying accompany your walk to the car. Separation anxiety is a real issue for many pooches and their owners.
As your pooch can’t take a relaxing bubble bath while you are gone, the top priority is to keep them (and your home) as safe as possible. Anxiety can make Fido do damage to the home that they otherwise would not do. Dog crates are a great asset in these situations. The crate is your pup’s haven where they feel secure.
As you can probably guess, there are an intimidating amount of options available. You can have anxiety yourself trying to figure out which one is best. To help keep everyone calm, we have reviewed the ten best dog crates for separation anxiety. We will provide the stats on size, construction, durability, and all the extra features that matter. Take a browse of the list below, and also check out the buyer’s guide at the end!
A Quick Summary of the Winners (updated in 2020):
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10 Best Dog Crates For Separation Anxiety:
1. LUCKUP Heavy Duty Dog Crate – Best Overall
The number one spot on your list goes to this durable metal crate that comes in two sizes and either silver or black. This option has a top door so you can easily interact with your pup, and a wide front door making it easy for your dog to enter and exit.
The strong bottom grates are narrow so you don’t have to worry about paws catching or getting stuck. It also has a sliding bottom tray for catching food and other “debris” that could fall through. That said, this model has two solid steel locks that are very durable.
You can use this crate indoors or outdoors as the spray-painted exterior is rust-resistant. The entire set-up is non-toxic, folds down easily for storage, and can be assembled in three to five minutes. Plus, it comes with four detachable locking wheels that rotate 360 degrees. Overall, this is our number one pick!
2. Sliverylake Dog Cage Crate – Best Value
To have a diverse selection that will suit everyone’s needs, our second choice is a more affordable option. This model also comes with a top and front door for easy access all around. It comes in three sizes and you can choose between brown or silver-tone color.
This sturdy little option has a steel frame that is resistant to deformation. The collapsible frame is also equipped with locking wheels, though they do not have a 360-degree radius. The Sliverylake can be assembled quickly and easily, and the bottom grate and tray slide out for easy cleaning.
The bottom grate also features narrow spaced slates to keep all furry toes intact. The 61.2-pound weight is average, as well. The one aspect of this crate that keeps it from the top spot is the lock. It is not as secure as the best choice, although the slide pin is not the worst. Beyond that, this is the best dog crate for separation anxiety available.
Moving onto the flip side of the option above, this next pick is our premium choice. This dog crate features 20-gauge steel construction with reinforced 0.5-inch diameter steel tubes for extra durability. The black frame comes in either medium or large sizes, so it is not recommended for smaller pups.
Keeping this more costly unit out of the top spot is the fact that it only has front door access. On the other hand, it does have removable locking wheels, a sliding bottom tray, and dual push-locking latches that are impossible to open even with your pooch’s full force.
Beyond that, the crate is a little heavier than the option above, but it is still not bad at approximately 75 pounds. The only other drawback that we can detect is the bottom grate slates are slightly wider, but if you line the bottom, there should not be a paw problem.
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4. SMONTER Heavy Duty Dog Crate
Moving right along, we have a hammer-tone coated frame with welded joints for sturdy durability. This two-door crate has the top and front door along with two sterile and odorless sliding trays for easy cleanup. You also will be able to easily move this 50-pound cage where you need it as it has four wheels, two of which can lock.
The bottom grate is also steel with narrow slats. This option will allow you to fold it down for easy storage. Setting it up is also easy as it comes partially assembled. A few other features include a non-toxic construction and rust-resistance. One thing to be mindful of is the size options. This model comes in three sizes including a 38, 42, and 46-inch crate. The confusing part comes in with the upgrade.
Each size has an upgrade level. The only difference is a one-inch height disparity and a stronger lock set-up. All the models have an escape-proof push-in lever lock, but the upgrade has a slightly thicker lever. It is important to be aware that although the upgrade difference is minor, the cost is considerable.
Finally, the only other drawback to this model is the front door which is a little narrow for some wider breeds. If your pup already has existing anxiety, a small door can be difficult to use as they do not want to feel trapped. Other than that, this is a great option.
5. KELIXU Heavy Duty Dog Crate
Now that we have come to the number five spot, we have a great middle-of-the-road option for your fuzzball friend. You have the option of four different sizes and it comes in a back finish. The steel frame is durable, keeping your pup in the place.
This crate has a sliding tray and bottom grate for easy cleanup plus it is rust-resistant so it can be used inside and outside. The weight comes in at 59 pounds, you can assemble it with ease, and it folds down for storage.
The drawback of this model is the single front door that is a little small. Also, the 360-degree rotating wheels do not lock as securely as they should. Though your pooch won’t be able to escape, they will be able to scoot across the floor if they put their minds to it.
Beyond that, you will get a “chew-through” warranty with this option. Plus, an anti-escape lock. The only other thing to keep in mind is the bottom slats have a wider gap, so you will need to make sure your pet’s paws can’t get stuck. At the end of the day, this is the best middle-of-the-road option.
6. ITORI Heavy Duty Metal Dog Cage
The ITORI is the next crate up for review. It is an eco-friendly rust-resistant option with two anti-escape locks on the front door. This model does have a top door as well, but the lock is not nearly as durable as the two on the front door.
The frame, other the other hand, is steel with reinforced tubes. You can choose from either a back or silver finish and either a 42 or 48-inch size. Keep in mind, this model is recommended for medium/large breeds. To keep things clean, there is a sliding tray, although it is a heavy metal. The four wheels lock on two sides. Keep in mind, the wheels do not turn easily so moving the 83-pound cage can be tough.
Other than that, the assembly can be a bit harder than other options and you will need to line the coss bottom grate with something to keep your pup’s paws safe. All in all, though, this is a good non-toxic option.
7. Impact Collapsible Dog Crate
Not to start things off on the wrong foot, but the downside to this model is in the name. The aluminum frame, while durable, is not going to have the strength of a steel crate. If you have a large very strong pup, they may be able to cause some damage.
On the upside, the aluminum makes this a lightweight option that folds down quickly and easily. The two sides of the crate push inward to collapse. The tan and black style is also not as well ventilated, as it has the appearance of a traditional plastic crate. This can be more difficult for anxious pooches.
The powder-coated exterior is rust-resistant and comes in a medium, large or extra-large size. It has crush-proof corners, slam latch marine-grade locks that keep the front door closed. Also important to note, it only has one door, and does not have a sliding tray, although it does have drainage holes. Finally, the non-toxic construction has welded rivets, but if you are not satisfied with this product, you will pay a 10 percent re-stocking fee.
8. DOIT Heavy Duty Dog Crate
Our next pick comes in seven different sizes to accommodate any breed. The phosphate steel frame is durable if your pup does not have super strength. Though the tubes are welded for extra security, they can be bent if there is enough force.
You also have the option of a top and front door, both they are a little small for the size of the crate (on all sizes). The pushdown level locks are secure though, so you will not have to worry about your pooch breaking out that way.
You can also fold this model down for easy storage and use the two locking wheels for convenience. As with another option above, however, the wheels are harder to turn. Finally, the assembly is more difficult and requires two people, plus the single-wide tubing bottom grate is large and will need to be covered to make your dog comfortable.
9. JY QAQA Pet Heavy Duty Dog Crate
The JY QAQA dog crate is made of durable steel and comes with four detachable wheels and two locking mechanisms to keep the cage in place. There are two doors at the top and front, though the locks are both are not that secure. Also, the top door is very narrow. You will not be able to get your pup into the unit from that angle.
You do have a variety of sizes that will accommodate most size dogs. They range from 36 to 48 inches. Keep in mind, this is not recommended for larger pups. Also, be aware that this model will require two people to assemble it, and although it is advertised to be rust-resistant, you should not use this option outside.
Besides those issues, this is another model that will require a bottom lining to keep your pet from getting their paws stuck. Also, though you can fold the crate down, it is not as easy as some others. Finally, you will need a strong back for the 90-pound weight.
10. PARPET Heavy Duty Empire Dog Crate
The last option on our list is the PARPET dog crate. The 20-gage steel is not as durable as you would like it to be for a heavy-duty crate and the sliding locks are easy to open from the inside. If your pup is good at escaping, they will figure out these locks quickly.
The option has four wheels that rotate 360 degrees and all four lock to keep the unit in place. Unfortunately, this model only has one narrow front door and is difficult to put together. Again, you will need two people, plus the bolts tend to fall out easily with average movement from the dog.
Also, you only have two options as far as size, and it has a wide gap bottom grate almost to the point your pooch will be standing on the sliding tray. To add more bad news, the tray is steel so it is very heavy. Overall, this is our least favorite option, and you will have better luck with any one of the previous models.
Tips When Buying
There are several things to consider when purchasing a dog crate for a pooch with high anxiety. The first thing to note is that separation anxiety for dogs can be very stressful and have physical side effects. A dog will do their best to get out of their crate and chew on anything available to relieve the stress. To keep your pal safe, you want to make sure they are well maintained in a comfortable and secure crate.
The first thing you want to do is determine the size of your dog. The best way to do this is to measure your dog from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail and then from the top of the nose down to the floor. Once you have those measurements, you want to add three to four inches to the measurement to get the correct crate size. You want your pup to be able to comfortably turn around in the space, and stretch out.
Other factors you want to consider are the durability of the frame, the availability of the doors, and cleaning. Steel construction is the best type of material for these cages. They are very durable and your pet will not be able to escape easily. If you have a smaller or older dog, you can go for an aluminum model, or another type of material, as well.
Doors are another factor. Most models offer a top door and a front door. A top door is great for interacting with your pet without them trying to escape. When it comes to the front door, however, you want to make sure that your pooch can easily walk in without hitting their back or crouching down. If they have to do so, it can make your dog feel like it is in an enclosed space. It will also make stress worse.
Another thing you want to consider is the cleanup. As we all know, your furry friend may have an accident from time to time. Also, if you are going to be away from home for an extended time, you may want to leave food and water in the crate, as well. Most models come with a sliding tray that is easy to clean. Metal and steel trays can be heavy, though, so if you have a more difficult time bending you want to avoid this option.
Finally, you want to inspect the bottom grate of the cage. The bottom slats that have more space between them will allow your pup to get their toes or paws stuck in the grate. This can cause a lot of harm and stress for your animal. Make sure that the slats are slim, or you can use a mat and a bed to ensure that no damage is done.
We hope that you have enjoyed these reviews. There are several other things to consider when it comes to a dog crate that will depend on your pup. Factors such as ventilation, assembly, locking wheels, and secure latches are always going to be issues you want to consider.
If you are still not sure about which option is best for you, go with our number one choice which is the LUCKUP Heavy Duty Dog Crate. If you are looking for a more affordable option, try the Sliverylake Dog Cage Crate.
Featured Image Credit By: Dog in Crate, Chelsea Nesvig, Flickr
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- A Quick Summary of the Winners (updated in 2020):
- 10 Best Dog Crates For Separation Anxiety:
- 1. LUCKUP Heavy Duty Dog Crate – Best Overall
- 2. Sliverylake Dog Cage Crate – Best Value
- 3. ProSelect 37 Empire Dog Crate – Premium Choice
- 4. SMONTER Heavy Duty Dog Crate
- 5. KELIXU Heavy Duty Dog Crate
- 6. ITORI Heavy Duty Metal Dog Cage
- 7. Impact Collapsible Dog Crate
- 8. DOIT Heavy Duty Dog Crate
- 9. JY QAQA Pet Heavy Duty Dog Crate
- 10. PARPET Heavy Duty Empire Dog Crate
- Buyer’s Guide
- Tips When Buying