Questions About Dog Carriers & Crates

Doggie Front Pack Carrier

by Cassandra (Baldwin, NY)


I would like to make a carrier for my small dog (a Westie) that would fit against my chest and loop around my neck or back.


At this time we don't have a design for a doggie sling. If you haven't already found a design, here are some suggestions:

Find a baby carrier in a store or one that's owned by somebody you know and look at how it's constructed. Or visit a dog park and ask small dog owners if anyone they know has a carrier. If possible, take pictures with a digital camera.

Then take an old sheet or piece of scrap fabric that's big enough and make a dummy version using safety pins instead of straight pins if you want to try your doggie in it. Remember to allow enough room so that you can fold raw edges under and make seams. You can use strapping off old backpacks for the straps or create your own from your fabric. You might also want to put a firm bottom in the pack by taking a piece of rectangular plastic from an old milk jug or large juice container.

Need XXXL Dog Crate - Anyone know a brand?
by Hilary (Victoria, Canada)


I need an XXXL dog crate for airline travel. My dog is a Giant Schnauzer and he needs a crate that is at least 40-42 inches high/ tall. Does anyone know a brand that can accommodate this? If not a brand, a custom crate maker?


Hilary, I don't know of a particular brand but you could contact companies selling crates online - yours cannot be the only large breed dog that has needed an airline crate.

If that doesn't work, and you would like something custom made, talk to someone at a local welding shop and see if they would be willing to tackle this. If you could get a photo or drawing and dimensions to them, as well as the desirable weight, they may be willing to do the job. I imagine it will cost you several hundred dollars. The airlines may also have information regarding distance between bars, weight, etc.


xxxl dog crate by: Viki Gentilman

It sounds like you only need an x-large crate, which is up to 48 inches high. Large dog crates may work also, as they are up to 42 inches...Most pet stores carry x-large (some even carry larger...) You need to just look for a crate that is airline approved, which will withstand a bit of punishment. The dog needs to be able to stand up and turn around, but doesn't need much more room than that since it will probably sleep most of the way. Check with your vet to see if they think if will needs some mild sedative (especially if your dog has never flown before) and what paperwork you need (health certificate for example) for the destination. Good luck!

Dog crate for Huskies
by Billie-jo (Wales, Anglesy)


I'm breeding my Malamute and she's big so we need a big crate to fit her and her pups when they need feeding. I can't find anything. Please help me. Thank you.


Hello Billie-Jo,

There are several options that come to mind:

Option one: You could advertise that you're looking for a large crate through an online ad. It would help if you could measure your Malamute to provide dimensions so that you don't go chasing after a crate that is too small. I would suggest looking for a crate at least a foot longer than she is and about three times as wide. Leave at least three inches clearance above your dog's head.

Option two: You could get a large refrigerator cardboard box, cut air holes in the sides and a door, and use fiberglass on the outside to stiffen it, as well as for the floor. The fiberglass could get quite expensive.

Option three: You could build your own crate out of metal rods. Wood could be used but it would not be chew proof. The floor and ceiling could be plywood; then drill holes that are the diameter of the rods along the perimeter of the plywood pieces. Glue the rods in place. Leave room for a door - this will need to be on some type of hinge such as a gate hinge and it should have a strong fastener that you apply from the outside to keep the dogs in. Cover the floor with an old carpet for cushioning, then some thick plastic or tarpauline material that you staple onto the underside of the board for urine proofing. (You do not want staples to be on the top side since the holes might be leaky). Finally add some old rubber mats so the dogs' claws do not tear holes in the plastic (a possible source of these mats would be a junkyard for cars).

Option four: Get a crate custom welded at a local machine shop. Again, you will need to be very specific about the length, width and also the height. It is possible that you could find scrap aluminum for the floor and ceiling that this individual would weld onto some bars for you. In this case, you will also want to cover the floor.

Good luck to you - and remember we'd love to get a photo of your dog with or without her pups.

Solutions for Hot Dog
by Makari (Utah, United States)


My dog is a mix between a black Lab and a Retriever. She is black with really long hair and it's the middle of summer here in Huricane, Utah.
It is 100 degrees and my dog has to stay outside because she sheds due to being so hot. What should I do?


A simple thing you can do is get a hard sided kiddie pool and fill it up with water. Then she can lie in it to cool down. You can fill empty yogurt or cottage cheese containers with water and freeze them, then dump them in the pool to get the water colder. You can also freeze her food or treats to cool her down and give her something to do.

Also make sure that she has some type of shady spot to lie in. If you do not have any trees in the yard, you can create a shade shelter by putting up four posts (wood or metal) and adding a plywood or metal roof. Angle the roof slightly so that if it rains it will run off. You will want to make sure that the shelter is at least six inches taller than her head and that it is a minimum of six by six feet. That way she won't have to move every few minutes.

Another option is to make something along the lines of Sam's cool kennel, designed and built by John Dunn of Fresno, California, where 100-degree-plus temperatures are common in the summer.


What I have done by: Lisa

My dog is part husky so she doesn't handle the heat well. She will not go into a pool which your dog may because of the Lab in him. So what I have done is on the north side of my house I made a sand box. She goes there during the day to keep cool and it is an area she is allowed to dig. In the evenings I water it down and by the morning it is a bit drier and not muddy (or whatever you call wet sand). Since it is against the foundation of the house there is a cement wall that borders the sand box and that wall is always cool to the touch.

I have also used frozen soda bottles to outline a "nest" for her to lay inside of but she ignored them when the sand pit was put in.

I invested in a "Cooling Pad" which is the best thing i have done for her. We keep this indoors but if you have a sheltered area outdoors you could lay it on a blanket on a flat surface. It is like a thinner version of a waterbed. If it is in the sun it is not as effective. I have mine on top of an old crib mattress and covered the pad with an old twin sheet (say what you will, I've heard it before. She is a bit spoiled). One of the things you can do to help your dog cool off is to keep him brushed out. It is easier for him to get the coolness to his skin if the hair is thinner.
I hope more people post their ideas as I too am always looking for ways to cool this dog down in the summer.