Dog Cages & Crates: Drs. Foster & Smith Basic 1 Door Dog Crate
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Drs. Foster & Smith Basic 1 Door Dog Crate

Drs. Foster & Smith Basic 1 Door Dog Crate
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Multi-point locking system eliminates door-gap "danger zones"
Divider panels customize the perfect pet den size
Sets up fast, folds away flat!

Give your dog a safe, private den ideal for housetraining, quiet time, and travel. Basic front-door crate is an ideal starter unit for occasional crating and great for visiting canines. New features include wire hinges at the top (no clips) to increase the overall strength and reliability and an upgraded tray latch for easy, one-hand operation. The new design is also quieter. The included divider panel allows you to adjust crate size as puppy grows.

These crates offer the safest doors on the market and super-easy setup. Multi-point locking system eliminates any gaps around the doors to reduce risk to persistent muzzles and paws. All arrive assembled and ready to set up.

Six sizes let you easily find the perfect fit. Black electro-coat finish. Leak-proof, EZ-clean polypropylene tray included.


1.18" - 1.26"

Which size crate is right for me?

For breeds up to
XSmall, 19" x 12" x 15" high
10 lbs
Small, 24" x 18" x 20" high
25 lbs
Medium, 30" x 19" x 22" high
40 lbs
Intermediate, 36" x 23" x 26" high
70 lbs
Large, 42" x 28" x 31" high
90 lbs
XLarge, 48" x 30" x 33" high
110 lbs

Downloadable Set-Up Instructions PDF.
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For replacement polypropylene pans and floor grids, shop all dog crate accessories.

Please click on "More Information" for setup instructions.

More Info
For safety, remove all collars and leashes before allowing pet to enter crate or pen.

Step 1
Unhook latch on the side of the crate. Place the crate on the ground with the pan on the bottom. Lift the top panel upwards to open.

Step 2
Pull the top part of the crate upwards to form a square shape to create the top and sides.

Step 3
Reach into the crate and pull the back panel forward until it's sides rest within security hooks. Repeat for front panel. Press roof down while pulling back panel out and over the top border wire. Hooks should nest securely over the top border wire. Repeat for the front door panel.

Step 4
To remove pan, pull pan guard underneath the bottom wire. To secure the pan, lift the pan guard upwards and under the bottom border wire. This will keep the pan from sliding out.

Divider Panel Instructions

Step 1
Insert Divider Panel into crate with side hooks facing downward.

Step 2
Open Divider Panel and attach side hooks to a vertical wire on each side of the crate. You will need to attach one side at a time.

Be sure the Divider Panel is straight, and that you have allowed enough room for your dog to go into the crate, turn around, and lay down.

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Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE should the cage be located?
Dogs are social animals, so they like to be around the people in your home. Whenever possible, place the crate in a location where your family spends a great deal of time. Do not isolate the cage in a furnace room, laundry room, or any other room in which you don't spend a lot of time. If your dog already has a favorite spot in your home, start by placing the cage there. You can always move it if needed.

WHEN should your dog be placed in the cage?
The number one rule with a cage is that your dog should never be placed inside of it as a punishment! Always have a separate place (e.g., bathroom) for "time outs."

The ideal time to use the cage is after your dog has had play and exercise, time to eliminate, and is calm and fed. For puppies, choose a time when the pup is ready to nap. This helps establish early on that the cage is a relaxing refuge. Your dog should be ready to sleep, relax, or chew quietly on a toy when placed in the cage. Nighttime is an ideal time to use the cage. During the day, we recommend your pet spend no more than 5 hours in the crate. Make sure to crate your dog both when you're at home and when you need to step out. That way, crating your pet doesn't always mean you are leaving.

A cage or crate is ideal for auto travel with your pet, also. Plan long trips only after your pet is fully accustomed to the cage, and be sure to schedule stops where you can allow your pet to get out on a leash and eliminate, exercise, and play.

What about puppies and cage use at night?
It is acceptable to use the cage at night in your bedroom with puppies. Night time is usually a challenging time with new puppies, and they may whine or bark in the cage. As noted above, it is important to use a distracting noise to get your puppy to stop the behavior temporarily, and only release your puppy from the crate after the behavior has stopped. For puppies under 4 months, you may need to take out your pup to eliminate once during the night. Never leave your puppy alone in the crate longer than he can "hold it."

A wire cage or plastic crate provides a sense of security - a refuge where your dog can go whenever he needs to get away from the high activity level of your home or just wants some peace and quiet.
Dogs are instinctively den animals who prefer a space of their own. When used appropriately, cages are beneficial and calming - a great solution to giving your dog a private, quiet space.
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