The Best Dog Kennels Reviews- Stat and Facts to Choose the Right One

Dogs love to run around and enjoy their freedom, but sometimes, just like our kids we need to put them in an area where it is safe, yet extremely comfortable for them. We need to review all of our options and choose what’s best for our particular pup since we know that our four-legged baby is not like anyone else’s

Our baby is unique and one of a kind, so when circumstances arise and we need to place them in a kennel for a short period of time, it should be the best kennel.

Whether it would be for training purposes, or keeping our dog safe outside, or sometimes just for them to have a place where they can call their own, a kennel should be the proper size and properly placed inside or outside of the house.

Since we are dog lovers and really want the best for them, we have created a list of the best kennels out on the market today. These reviews should help you narrow down your search and ultimately choose the proper kennel for your needs, and of course your dog’s.

Selecting the best dog kennel may not be so easy. It took me almost two weeks to conduct the proper research and create this list.

I searched all throughout the internet and read an unsettling number of articles and reviews, as well as attending some webinars to reach the ultimate solution, the proper kennel for my lovely pup.

I know how tough it is to manage time during our busy lives, I am sharing my results so that you do not need to waste any of your precious time.

The first step in buying the best dog crates for your furry baby is measuring your dog. You want to make sure you get the right kennel so your pet has room to turn in a full circle and be able to lie down.

They only need three to five inches above their head in their standing position. Measure your dog from floor to shoulders, then adds about two to three inches, and you will have the height​ you need.

Next, you need to measure from tail to head, and you add 2 inches for the length. If you find yourself buying a kennel for a puppy, like I had to do, I would highly recommend buying a larger kennel, that they can grow into and get a divider.

This will go in the middle of the dog crate preventing your dog from having any extra space. Often, if a puppy or an adult dog has extra space in the kennel they will go to the bathroom inside the kennel. They do not do this if it is just large enough for them to turn around and lie down in.

Most people make the common mistake of buying a large kennel for the dog without knowing the actual size they should get. Trust me, from personal experience, you do not want to get a kennel that is just too big, there is absolutely no point! ​

By adding a partition, you can adjust the partition as your puppy grows, and this way you can save money and not purchase multiple kennels as they grow.

Preparing the pet for the kennel​

Once you have found the best dog kennel for your dog, you have to train them and help them adjust to their “new home.” This can be challenging if your dog has never been crate trained.

There is a weekend plan that many successful pet owners have used. I had great success with this plan, and you only need one weekend to start! With the weekend plan, you can take the two days you are home from work to train, then have them be ready for the start of the workweek.

Once you have the best dog crate for your pet, make sure it is comfortable and is completely setup. On Friday night you want to start working with your dog on association skills. This means showing your dog different things they enjoy, which should go inside their kennel, to associate the kennel with good and positive things. ​

I put my dog's favorite chew toy in the doorway of the crate, and slowly moved it further into the crate throughout the day. Leave the door to the crate open and allow them to acquaint themselves with the kennel on their own the whole day Friday.

Meantime, place their food bowl in the kennel as well. Keep reinforcing positive vibes with the crate. As the weekend progress have your pet take short “breaks” in the crate, so they can get used to the feeling of being inside and feeling safe. ​

When they have sat well inside, without whining or scratching, offer them a treat, continue this throughout the day. That way in the evening, they will no longer be whining and crying and should be able to sleep through the night. ​

By Monday, their anxiety should be gone, and you will have the best dog kennel for you and your dog. From these different tips, I was able to crate train my miniature pincher and my German Sheppard over one weekend. ​

For my smaller dog, I went with a plastic pet taxi to meet his size needs. For my larger dog, I have a wired cage. Overall, they each have the best dog crates for their specific needs.

Recommended Best Dog Kennels: ​

I have listed the Best Dog Kennels below which I have found during my intensive market research.

Orthopedic 4" Dog Crate Pad by Big Barker:

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Starting off with something that could be essential for your pet’s comfort. The pad that goes inside a standard size dog crate.

The pad is crucial for your dog, because you want your dog to stay inside and be relaxed and comfortable.

This pad will do just that. It is waterproof, heavy duty and tear resistant (we all know how important that is when your dog is trying to either get out or even get comfortable to lay down for their nap). It offers orthopedic support and is machine washable, so you can use this for a long time.

Although it is somewhat expensive this is a piece that you will only need to pay for once, since you can use it for years to come. It is also made of the needs of your pet in mind. We know how important they are to you and so does this manufacturer. A great addition to most crates.

Pros:

  • Made in the USA
  • Cover is machine washable
  • Heavy duty
  • Scratch resistant
  • Orthopedic support

Cons:

  • Somewhat Expensive
  • Does not fit all craters

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This is a high-end dog crate that has so many unique and convenient features. It is considered to be on the smaller size, so mainly for small breed dogs.

Contains a 5 Way Door, which can be opened from either the left or right side, or can be removed completely and stored underneath the kennel itself.

This is a high-end dog crate that has so many unique and convenient features. It is considered to be on the smaller size, so mainly for small breed dogs. Contains a 5 Way Door, which can be opened from either the left or right side, or can be removed completely and stored underneath the kennel itself.

Pros:

  • 5 Way Door
  • Padded bottom of the legs
  • Solid wood

Cons:

  • An expensive kennel
  • Only available in a small size-fit for smaller dogs

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This is a great option if you would like to keep your dog outside for a short period of time. For example, if you decide to go to the beach or even decide to travel with your pet, this is a great option.

The gazebo is portable and is easy to set up. Does not require any tools for assembly. It is very sturdy and has a vinyl roof, to protect your pets from all-weather types,

whether it is rain or a sunny day, your dog will be protected from the drops or appreciate the shade.

This is great for the outdoor owner who enjoys going fishing, hunting or a fun family picnic. Always thinking about and keeping your four-legged baby safe and having them near-by.

Pros:

  • No tools required for assembly
  • Easy to set up, portable
  • Vinyl roof will protect from weather conditions

Cons:

  • Customers said the sizes were smaller than they anticipated
  • Size small may be too inconvenient for the owner as well

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This is another great option from the Mr.Herzhers’ brand. This particular dog kennel comes in four different sizes and two different colors.

Features the unique to the manufacturer two-way door, which is very convenient for both your pet and you, their parent.

One of the most convenient features they offer is their double-tough removable floor. This is very convenient to clean up any messes that may occur inside the kennel, or just to wipe the floor clean for your dog to enjoy.

Pros:

  • Removable floor
  • Two-way door
  • Comes in two different colors
  • Comes in four different sizes

Cons:

  • Some believed the door latch was difficult to open and close
  • A few buyers made note of poor quality control

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This is another accessory that one should consider for the dog kennel. For some, they consider this just to be something that is fun to put on top of their kennel, to make it more appealing, rather than just looking at metal bars.

Different color options are available, to provide for any house decor.

Another great use of this cover is if you decide to take your dog outside in the kennel. A great protection from the sun or even rain in some cases. The cover is machine washable and dryable.

The manufacturer also offers a 1-year limited warranty, which is always a plus for anyone who is hesitant to finalize their purchase.

Pros:

  • Comes in four different sizes
  • Comes in variety of different colors
  • 1-year limited manufacturer warranty
  • Machine washable and dryable

Cons:

  • Somewhat expensive for a cover
  • Sizes available fit most kennels, but not all

Editor Rating:

This is a cute and great option for a place that your dog can call their own. It is mostly used outside and it comes in different sizes to fit different breeds.

The door does close, although when your pet is inside it is most likely they will want to keep it open, and you will probably as well.

It is made out of “White Cedar” wood, which is durable and long-lasting. Easy to set up and will not take you long to build a home for your pup. The most important are to get the right size, so measure your pup correctly as I mentioned before and let them enjoy their new house.

Pros:

  • Comes in different sizes
  • Reasonable price
  • Made out of “White Cedar” wood
  • Easy to set up

Cons:

  • The door may get stuck when closed, as reported by customers
  • Lots of customers reported damaged parts, but the manufacturer was quick to respond and send replacement parts.

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This is a great option as a portable and lightweight pet crate, that can be easily taken anywhere you go with your pet.

It is made with heavy duty polyester, that is water resistant, which is always a nice feature with anything pet related.

This is a great option as a portable and lightweight pet crate, that can be easily taken anywhere you go with your pet. It is made with heavy duty polyester, that is water resistant, which is always a nice feature with anything pet related.

Pros:

  • Reasonable price
  • Lightweight
  • ​Easy to put together
  • Very compact when folded

Cons:

  • Not meant for the larger breeds
  • Not as sturdy as the wooden or metal crates

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This made in the USA igloo-shaped dog house is great for outdoor use. It is heavy duty and weather resistant.

It is made out of Microban, which is considered to be stain-proof and fights the growth of odor-causing bacteria, a detail that is extremely important when considering which kennel or dog house is best for your dog.

The entry way has an extended offset doorway, which is another level of protection from severe weather conditions. This dog house is useful all year around and is a perfect home for your four-legged baby.

Pros:

  • Comes in different sizes
  • Rain and wind resistant
  • Made out of Miccroban
  • Features an air ventilation opening on the roof
  • Heavy duty

Cons:

  • The large house seems to be small for the breed it is intended for
  • The opening may be too small for any dog
  • Sizes of the house do not correspond to size of the dogs

Editor Rating:

Although this is more expensive than other kennels out there, it has the unique feature of being used as a pet crate and then being able to convert into a gate.

Once set up as a crate it includes a solid wood veneer cover that can be used as storage on top of the crate. The colors are designed to complement most home decor.

The crate can be converted to a simple gate, yet heavy duty and sturdy. Gates are great to keep your dogs out of specific areas or keep them inside an enclosed area. Great product all around and will be of great use to any dog owner at some time of their lives with their beloved pet.

Pros:

  • Can be both a crate and a gate
  • Heavy duty and sturdy
  • Flat surface on top of the crate for storage
  • Appealing look for home décor
  • Easy to assemble-no tools required

Cons:

  • Customers complained of their dogs being able to break the crate with ease
  • Customer complained that there were either missing or broken parts in packaging

Editor Rating:

This is one of the most expensive dog houses on the market, but it is created with your dog in mind at every hinge, material and size. It is of large size and is suitable for any dog breed that is up to 220 lbs.

This is considered to be the most technically-advanced house created for a dog.​

The materials insulate the house according to temperature: cooler in the sooner and warmer in the winter. It is also made to be resistant to moisture and insects.

It is easy to assemble, and even though you will be shelling out a lot of money, you will only have to get one house for your dog because this one will last you for years to come.

The house, that is made in the USA, comes with a 90-day satisfaction guarantee and a 5-year warranty. This way, you do not need to worry you will buy something and regret it immediately but will get stuck with it. The manufacturer backs up its product by guaranteeing your satisfaction.

Pros:

  • Insulated according to weather
  • Resistant to moisture and insects
  • 90-dsay satisfaction guarantee
  • 5-year warranty

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Only made for large dogs

Final Verdict

I personally believe that my loving pet is safer with me than staying in a boarding or daycare center. However, if you want you can train your dog by an experienced dog trainer. Sometimes it is better to ask for an expert’s opinion and their expertise.

In addition, you can follow my experience-based instruction and train them by yourself. Therefore, do not hesitate, buy the best dog kennel for your dog today, and start training utilizing it this weekend.

Mary Ann
 

Mary Ann is a Pet Care consultant from Pleasant, SC. She is very much passionate writing on pets especially the dog, cat and much more!

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