After sorting through hundreds of models, interviewing dog experts, assembling the top models and lugging them to a veteran trainer for examination, and then trying to break each crate at its weakest points with measured force, we found that the MidWest Ultima Pro is the crate most people should get for their dog. It’s the most sturdy, secure, and adaptable wire crate we found, and it’s designed to last over the lifetime of many dogs. It’s also available in multiple sizes.
However, while it may help provide physical comfort to your pet, remember that it is your pet’s physical needs that need addressing in particular. For helping deal with your dog’s separation anxiety, the ThunderShirt is a possible aid. It is however not the solution. You’ll still need to complete crate training with your pet to ultimately help them get over their anxiety.
Place the crate somewhere ‘scenic’ & interesting. It may be beneficial and relaxing for your dog to have something interesting to look at while in the kennel. You could experiment by placing the enclosure near a window so your pet can watch the world pass. The opposite may be beneficial and distractions such as cats and people walking by may get him overly excited and needing to escape.
For that matter, purchasing an indestructible crate for a dog is the owner’s best decision. It offers your pooch a safe place that they can use whenever they want. The dog won’t see the metal bars as something that keeps him imprisoned – he will, instead, see them as an integral part of his small cave that keeps him protected from the outside dangers. In other words, he won’t see his new crate as a negative space as long as you use it appropriately.
Addendum added January 28, 2013: My vet had never noticed these carriers because I had never put one up on the exam table until my last vet visit. She looked at it with interest and totally concurred with my opinion of having a small, but open carrier for my two (panicky) cats. She has seen more than a few overheated pets in too enclosed carriers. Since I live far from the vet I always carry spare towels for the bottoms of the carriers and she found that the "stable floor covering'* I use was an additional comfort feature for my pets long trip to their appointments. (I just ordered the larger size of this carrier for my "Phat Kat" and will donate her previous carrier to our local animal shelter.)