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48" is a huge crate, I wouldn't go any larger than 42" if you're going to be transporting it. All my crates for traveling are 36".

If you start competing in obedience and agility, you will end up buying more crates. Actually you will develop a collection of crates. My dogs have house crates, car crates, show crates, and hotel room crates. If I took classes somewhere that let me leave a crate, I'd have class crates too.

My dogs start in wire crates. Once they show they know how to behave in a crate and won't try to escape, then they can use soft crates (except I just permanently leave up wire crates in the house and in the car). Flip was 3 before I'd put him in a soft crate. Conner ripped through a couple of soft crates when he was younger, so e was five before he could stay in one again.

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Wow Jodie, thanks for that info. I didn't even think about how many different crates I will be using. Size wise they will be changing too, I did figure out that much But I hadn't realized that I will need a different crate for transport than I do for trails. Our basement is gonna be full of crates.
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You don't HAVE to, but lugging around crates is a pain, so most find it easier to have several and be able to leave them up for the weekend. My first dog show ever I owned one crate, a wire crate that we used in the house. I folded it up and set it up in the car for the drive. Then I took it out of the car, folded it back up, lugged it into the trial, and set it up there. End of the day, bring it back to the car, then go set it up in the hotel room. Next morning, back in the car. Set up again for Sunday's trial. End of the trial, back in the car. Get back home and set it up again in the house.

For my next trial I had a second crate. By my third trial I owned three crates LOL

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Craig's List is a good place to buy extra crates. I paid $30 for a 36" plastic travel crate that was only used for one plane ride. That one sits in the back of the van.

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My DH askes "Do you really need all those crates? Your not using them and they're taking up space". I reply "Do you really need all those power tools?"
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