How to Collapse a Dog Crate?


Taking your pup with you on adventures was no less than a fantasy. Big gratitude to dog crates which made this imagination real. The dog crates contain your pet and become a safe place for them to rest or sleep. But this blessing can turn into a nuisance in no time if you cannot handle it.

Dog crates can take up a lot of space and create storage issues if you cannot collapse them. Imagine reaching your destination, taking your dog out, and getting stuck with a full-size crate because you have no space to keep it.

We understand your inconvenience and how it can affect your holiday mood. Therefore, we recommend buying an easily collapsible dog crate to avoid problems.

But collapsing a dog crate can itself be an issue if you do not know how to collapse a dog crate. So, if you face such confusion, do not worry because we will provide you with a complete manual guide and tips on how to fold a dog crate. But before you collapse a dog crate, there are some additional measures to be taken. So, let’s read and find out.

How to Collapse a Dog Crate Step by Step?

As we said earlier, just collapsing a dog crate is not all. It would be best if you take some necessary measures before folding. The first step is identifying the type of your crate.

Types of Crates

Different types of crates have different collapsing requirements. Therefore, you must know the type of your dog crate.

Plastic Dog Crates

how to collapse a dog crate

Plastic dog crates are robust plastic suitable for smaller to medium dogs. The cherry on the top is the carrying handle and swinging door on the front. Also, the plastic crates provide a private, secure place for your puppy while traveling because of their thick and enclosed body.

These crates offer a good ventilation system, but wire crates have more room for air. In addition, these crates can easily be collapsed by pressing the release button on each side. 

Folding (Metal)Wire Dog Crate

how to fold dog crate

You can see a wire dog crate in almost every dog’s parent’s house. These crates have a metal body, come in every size, and provide excellent ventilation.

Furthermore, metal crates offer better visibility for the canines to see the outside world because of their mesh structure. Unfortunately, you need to release every hinge to fold this crate. 

Heavy-Duty Dog Crates

how to fold down a dog crate

This crate is a one-time investment product because it is made of highly durable and secure material that does not get damaged. As a result, it can contain the heaviest and large dogs. In addition, they provide excellent ventilation and strength so that you do not have to worry about your dog’s security.

These crates take time to collapse because you will need to disconnect every panel separately. After all, it has no hinges or releases buttons.

Soft-Sided Dog Crate

Soft-sided crates are best for calmer and trained dogs as they are easy to handle. They are made of soft nylon or polyester fabric or mesh. These are lightweight and easily collapsible. Smaller and medium-size dog breeds fit best in these crates.

These crates suit best for the training of dogs to stay in crates, but it is not good to be taken on trips as the pet can chew the mesh. 

Now you know the type of crate so let’s move toward the cleaning process.

how to put together a dog crate

How to Clean The Dog Crates?

Empty the Crate

It will be best to empty the crate before collapsing or cleaning it. Remove everything, including the bed, pillows, blankets, toys, meal bowls, and every other accessory placed inside the crate. Also, extract the bottom tray of the crate if it is removable and keep it aside for scrubbing.

Wash the Items

Collapsing a crate can be the best time to wash all the items. But you should make sure to use a non-chemical scrub to keep your pet secure. For example, you can wash the blankets and bedding sheets in the laundry. The meal bowls are easily cleanable like regular dishes. The toys can be scrubbed and rinsed with water. You can also wash them with other clothes if you have stuffed toys.

Begin The Folding

Follow the steps to figure out how to collapse your dog’s house properly. All the crates will collapse using these steps except soft-sided crates.

Read the Instructions

You should read the owner’s manual before collapsing your crate to know its model and if it has some specific folding instructions. It is not a big issue if you have somehow lost the instructions or did not receive any. You can contact the manufacturer of the dog crate and ask for a recent manual.

Close the Crate Properly

how to assemble a dog crate

Once you have emptied the crate, close all the crate doors properly. Unlock the latches at the front or back doors, right and left sides, and top and bottom openings.

Some dog crates have an extra escape pannel. If your crate has such a feature, you should check and close it.

If any door remains open or the latches are not secured, you will have difficulty collapsing the crate, so be careful. Moreover, a closed door would not damage or break while collapsing.

Folding Short Side Panels

Wire crates usually have shorter side panels. You should start by folding these short side panels towards the middle of the crate. After these panels, you can close the longer panels. 

Carefully unlock the hinge holding these panels and push these down towards the floor.

pro concepts dog crate

Detaching the Shorter Side Panels’ Latches 

There are some crates with latches, and plastic crates are one of them. In this step, you should detach the locks connecting the shorter door with the longer ones.

Release the latches, and push the shorter panel inside of the crate. Repeat the same process on the front and back sides.

Right and Left Sides

Now it’s time to fold the crate’s right and left sides panels. You can fold these by unlocking the latches and simply pushing the sides down. Then, place them over each other carefully on the floor.

You should be careful and keep your fingers safe in every step because they can get entangled in metal or wire, and you will badly hurt yourself.

Secure the Folded Crate

The dog crates come with a latch or hook to be used after collapsing. You should push the two halves of the latch or hook together to fasten the crate. It will help you put your crate safely without the fear of getting it opened, and you can easily lift it.

How to Collapse a Soft Crate?

A soft-sided crate has a different screw mechanism, but it is easy to collapse. You just need to identify and push its collapsible points, and the sides will fold.

Next, you should press the entire side paneling and fold one side of the crate over the other side lying in the middle of the crate.

Once you fold your pup’s house, fasten it with a strap available in the crate.


The crates are home to our pets. Therefore, we should protect these as we safeguard our pets. But it becomes tough when a pet parent does not know how to fold them.

An unfolded crate becomes a trouble when you face the difficulty of putting them somewhere. But on the other hand, a folded crate is convenient to be carried and manage. So, we have prepared this guide acknowledging the gravity of your concern.

We hope this article helps you manage your pup’s home sweet home. We will be glad if you tell us about your experience of folding your dog’s crate before and after reading this guide.Post

Cody Mitchell
Cody Mitchell is a pet lover and a passionate pet writer. He has worked as a professional writer for over 6 years, with a focus on creating compelling content for pet-related brands. His work has been featured in major publications. When he's not writing, Cody can be found playing with his two dogs (a labradoodle and a cocker spaniel) or cuddling his cat.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

Sign Up For Newsletter!