Dog Crate and Travel Crate Review
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Angel Nutter
It’s not new news that I love to travel with Dexter in the car whenever given the chance. Dexter has been my best travel companion ever since he was a puppy. Ever since our first dog-friendly road trip, Dexter has taken his spot in a dog travel crate. Over the years, my dog crate selection has changed depending on our vehicle and space inside.
Chewy reached out to me to test drive one of their products, and I chose the Indoor & Outdoor Soft Dog Crate by Frisco. I felt this soft sided crate would be the perfect setup for our road trip to Maine. When choosing a dog travel crate for Dexter, I was looking for one that would easily fit in my small car, yet would accommodate my 30-lb boy and offered ventilation. I ordered the 26 x 20.5 x 20.5 inch crate. The dimensions said for 25 pounds, but the measurements seemed right for Dexter. Please note that this crate is not crash-tested but can prevent distracted driving and will keep your dog or other pet secure while driving.
When our dog travel kennel arrived, it was easy to set up. No tools were required, and it was pretty self-explanatory what went where. I was happy with how roomy the crate actually was. I placed Dexter’s travel bed inside, and there was even more room than Dexter’s previous dog travel carrier.
This dog travel crate has three zippered doors, which allows for various placements throughout the car or home. You can also secure the zippers shut with locking clips. There is mesh ventilation on both sides of the crate. One is the full length and height, while the other is ½ the height. I love the fact that the one side is full ventilation. The mesh doors can also be rolled up and secured to stay open.
I’m impressed at the crate quality. Frisco’s Indoor & Outdoor Soft Crate is made with a sturdy steel frame, a water-resistant base, and durable fabric that can be hand-washed. The soft-sided crate is lightweight and features a carrying handle, making this a perfect portable dog crate. When not using the crate, it easily folds for compact storage.
Since I was going to be using the crate for travel, Chewy also sent me the Kurgo Carrier Keeper Strap to help secure the crate in the car. The Carrier Keeper allowed me to strap the crate into the seat belt to help secure the crate and lessen movement on the road. The no-slip adjusters stayed secure through our entire trip to and from Maine.
Frisco’s Indoor & Outdoor Soft Crate has been performing exceptionally well. Our maiden voyage was from Ohio to Maine. We had a great dog-friendly week exploring Maine and getting in and out of the crate. Dexter was dirty, wet, and dry. The zipper has held strong, no tearing spots, and the crate was easy to wipe down.
I drove a rental car that had loads of room in the back seat and also air vents in the back. Dexter stayed nice and cool without the need of my portable fan. However, in my car I do not have back seat air vents, so I will likely prop up my portable fan to blow inside the crate and use his cooling mat.
I have no complaints with the crate and will be switching Dexter’s older dog travel crate out for this new Frisco Indoor & Outdoor Soft Crate. I am very happy with the roominess and overall quality. The soft crate is available in sizes ranging from 21 inches to 42 inches long to accommodate pets up to 85 pounds. All sizes are lightweight and include a carrying handle for easy transport when not in use.
If you are looking for a quality soft-sided dog crate, I highly recommend checking out Frisco’s Indoor & Outdoor Soft Crate. If you are planning on using the crate as a dog travel crate, don’t forget to order Kurgo’s Carrier Keeper Strap.
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34 thoughts on “Best Dog Travel Crate Review | Safely Traveling with Pets in a Car”
I just lost my dog of 13 1/2 years last week. She loved to travel in the car. I will bookmark this for our next four-legged kid!
I am so sorry for your loss. <3
This pet crate looks perfect for traveling with your fur baby! I think we have to get one soon and I will also recommend this to my niece so she can take her beagles with her when she travels.
Thank you. Beagles are such sweet dogs.
That is a cool travel crate and it looks so cozy. I appreciate that companies provide gear like this to take furry friends on adventures.
Me too! We need more and more travel gear for our puppers. It makes life so much easier.
This seems like a really great crate. I like that its so well ventilated and easily secured. When you hear soft, you don’t always think durable, but this sounds like its really well made.
Yes, the material is strong and so is the mesh. The steel frames give it great support.
the crate looks super useful and easy to have. I love that i’s collapsible. I am little worried about the zipper but it will work find if the pet is calm enough
If a dog is not properly crate trained any crate can be a risk. I’ve personally known 2 dogs get their teeth stuck on the wire sided crates.
Oh i need this crate for sure! I love how practical it is and the fact that is foldable is perfect. Thanks a lot for sharing.
I love how light it is when folded and carried!
This sounds like the perfect crate for dog trips especially as it is soft sided.
I think so too. I love that it’s soft, better for the car.
This looks like the perfect carrier for small dogs! The amount of space and ventilation available really speaks to the quality.
You are right, such a fantastic crate for small dogs. They do also have larger sizes for our bigger friends.
The crate seems useful and effective! I’m gonna read more about this and maybe give as a gift for my dog owner friends!
Thanks for sharing!
This is such a wonderful crate. Thank you for sharing!
You bet. Thanks!
this does looks great for small dogs. I have a german shepherd so he wouldnt fit!
They have larger sizes.
This is an amazing products for dogs. It really sounds excellent. I like how spacious it is.
I love how much space is inside.
It’s nice to have a comfy travel carrier like this. Your dogs look like they are enjoying their travels!
Thank you. Dexter and his buddy Levi love to travel.
This is awesome. I especially love that it lays flat for storage!
Yes, easy to store!
It does look like a pretty great crate. I’ve never used one for Oreo before but I feel like he would like having this one for his own space.
Dexter has always had a crate and always traveled in one. This one is very roomy, I bet it would be a good one for Oreo.
What a cool crate! We don’t have pets, but I’ll share with my friends/family that do!
Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much for writing this post. One of my closest friends just adopted a puppy and traveling with the little guy was a concern. Now that I’ve read this, I can provide insight for my friend!
You bet. Thank you for sharing!
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