Heavy Duty Dog Crates - A Pricing Perspective
I’ve wanted to write something informative about the cost of true indestructible and escape proof heavy duty dog crates.
Some folks seem to think that real heavy duty crates are very expensive. They are, but, I think a bit of perspective is in order. To put it another way, let’s explore a frame of reference here.
I’ve been specializing in heavy duty dog crates for over 8 years now. Oh, the stories I’ve heard. While we aren’t here today for stories, some do relate to our subject, the price of genuine heavy duty dog crates.
The Landing Page Adventure
A landing page is the page one lands on when visiting a website or following a URL usually from Google or any search engine. When visitors get to www.carrymydog.com the first thing they see are heavy duty dog crates ranging in price from $359 to $719. Of course, these prices are for the smallest size.
The typical big box or pet shop crate costs between $100 and $150. You can imagine the customer's shock. They quickly exit the page without seeing or reading anything but the price. They are off the page and down the yellow brick road in search of a $200 crate that will hold their escape artist dog. Guess what folks....it doesn’t exist.
Before I get too far along here let’s get to the point. How does anyone justify a price of $500 and up for a heavy duty dog crate? Remember, we are talking about dogs that have escaped every crate the owners have purchased. In some cases that could be as many as 4 to 6 crates, none of which successfully contained their dog.
Here’s one way to address the price and I like to call it "It's Cheaper Than."
It’s Cheaper Than............
- A new couch-maybe he ate just an arm or maybe the whole couch. $1,600 minimum
- A new recliner or any other upholstered furniture. $1,000
- A new door and/or multiple door facings and or door knob set $800+
- Replacing windows after the dog has jumped out of one or more $600
- The vet bill for pulling broken teeth your dog got from escaping from the pet store crate. $1,200
- Cheaper than the titanium tooth replacement if you chose to save the tooth $3,000
- You have to leave, no one to stay with your dog so you take him with you. Auto upholstery repair $3,000
- You went to work and let the dog loose in the house because you are still shopping for a crate that will hold him for under $400. While you are gone he turns the water on. It runs all day. $25,000 plus motel expense for a month.
- You just moved. It’s a rental but a beautiful home just refurbished. You left your dog loose but locked him in the bedroom. You arrive home to find a 4’ x 5’ area just inside the bedroom door with no carpet. Repair and replace carpet $1,000.
- You arrive home to find puddles of green vomit all over the house. Inside the vomit are what looks to be little pills. Yes, your dog managed to find a medication bottle of yours. Ate every pill then promptly began barfing them up all over the house. Holding a positive thought here and assuming the dog survived. Vet bill for pumping stomach, IV and other miscellaneous work $1,000 minimum.
- You arrive home to find your dog obviously struggling and in pain. You look around for clues. You find a half eaten hand towel. He has ingested the rest. The vet bill for surgery to remove foreign matter from the dog’s stomach $3,000.
- Your dog has escaped his pet store crate 3 times. You now have chains, wire, bunji cords and plastic zip ties all over the crate because....... wait for it, you are shopping for a heavy duty crate cheaper than $500 bucks. You arrive home and yes, your crate alteration held but, he chewed the wires, got his head through but couldn’t escape entirely. While trying to pull his head back inside the crate the broken wires have jabbed him in the neck and back of his head. He is bloody. Vet bill for medication and stitches $600.
Believe me, I could go on but I won’t. Many of you can relate to something above, and yes, I do have so many more examples of why a $500 or $800 heavy duty dog crate is a low price.
Just a side note: Once your dog has learned that escape is possible he or she can't "unlearn" it so just know that the next crate you get will need to handle the full force of the dog's knowledge that it is possible to escape the crate.
What about the Love Factor?
Something I would also like to bring to your attention is the fact that the overwhelming majority of separation anxiety dogs come from shelters. Yes, you adopted your dog. He or she is the perfect angel you hoped they would be. Adopted dogs seem to give more unconditional love. Yes, perfection until you leave the house. They then turn into little devils because all hell breaks loose.
From the many stories I’ve heard over 8 years of heavy duty dog crate business, I know that it takes about a week for adults to fall in love with a shelter dog (perhaps any dog). Heck, I’ve done it in 24 hours or less. Plus, if there are children in the home that means we now have to pull out all the stops and take care of the dog no matter the cost.
Everybody wants to save a buck and how could a dog crate possible cost over $500. After all Google is filled with companies selling wire crates that they say are indestructible for as low as $95. The typical wire/steel crate being called indestructible is around $250. Is it escape proof? Nope! So far Google hasn’t been asked to only list businesses that tell the truth. So you buy the $250 crate. In 1 day to one week the dog is out again.
You’ve now purchased the original pet store wire crate for $150 then the so called indestructible crate for $250. You’ve spent $400 on crates so far. So where to from here. If you buy another $250 crate you know, it won’t work. If you buy a $600 crate that will be $1,000 total spent on dog crates. Wow...... who knew.
The point is simply this. When you adopted the dog nobody told you he had separation anxiety and that he would change your environment and your life. Maybe the agency didn’t know (likely) or maybe they just didn’t want to tell you. Either way it is a mute point now. You must have a crate, a crate that will contain your dog. You need the peace of mind that knowing your dog has not destroyed your house or hurt themselves while you are at work.
Do Your Homework
I hope by now that I have demonstrated why it is so much better to get a true indestructible heavy duty dog crate rather than continuing to replace one cheap crate after another. Each time you get an inferior crate you are putting your dog at risk.
I have referenced here, the $600 crate. There are crates available for over $1,000. It is necessary to read as much about the crate and how it is constructed as possible. Determine what makes sense to you regarding strength and warranty. If you see a crate with a Lifetime Warranty then that will be a crate worth checking into and reading more about. If you see a crate that has a 3 year replacement warranty check it out too. If a dog hasn't escaped the new heavy duty crate in 30 days, he never will.
No manufacturer is going to put a Lifetime Warranty on materials and workmanship or a 3 year replacement warranty (if your dog breaks it we will replace it) on a crate that won’t hold your dog. Who would that make sense to? You don’t offer a 3 year warranty on a crate that your dog can break in 2 weeks, 2 months or 3 years.
Here’s another thing that makes it difficult to understand why true heavy duty crates cost so much. The wire on our welded steel wire crates is approximately 3 times thicker than the pet store crate your dog just escaped from. Many dog owners cannot visualize this. After all, you cannot find these crates on the shelf in any store. The heavy duty wire crate and the pet store crates have nothing in common except they are made from wire. That’s it.
Heavy duty aluminum crates are made from flat aluminum stock that is cut, punched designed and assembled in such a way that your dog cannot escape. Again, you won’t find these in stores so just read about how they are designed and built and you will probably understand why they are $700 and up.
WHY PURCHASE YOUR CRATE FROM CARRYMYDOG.COM
- The price is the same as the manufacturer
- The product is the same
- Most sizes are in our stock most of the time (24 hr. shipping)
- The warranty is the same
- We're an authorized dealer
- Our Customer Service will exceed your expectations!
The heavy duty aluminum dog crates you will find here at CarryMyDog.com will get the job done. There are many styles and price points to choose from. Some are manufactured and used by the military and law enforcement. Feel free to order your crate here at CarryMyDog.com because we do have the inventory of these strong crates. These crates are so popular that the wait time with the manufacturer is typically much longer than purchasing out of our stock.
The bottom line is simply this: Go cheap and know this won’t be your last crate. Buy a $600 and up dog crate and know that it will be the last crate you will ever need to buy. It’s done........the crate will last for many years.
Thanks for stopping by. If you have a need, we hope to see you at www.carrymydog.com for your next real heavy duty dog crate.
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