the best dog box for your truck: why you should buy a gunner kennel
07-19-183 mins read
The great debate – no we’re not talking politics here, but there seem to be just as many opinions on the point: what’s the best truck kennel to choose for your hunting dog? Is it the aluminum dog box, a traditional crate or Gunner Kennels? You know our choice. But let us break it down for you why.
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It’s been an ongoing debate for years: What is the best dog box for your truck? Is it an aluminum dog crate or a traditional crate? It used to be that the large, bulky aluminum dog crate was the safest way to transport your dog. But that’s no longer the case. GUNNER has produced a kennel that is safer and more fitting to most lifestyles. Here are four reasons why a GUNNER kennel is the best truck kennel for your hunting dog.

 

MOBILITY 

Flexibility is a major benefit of a GUNNER kennel, especially if you’re mainly using it as a hunting dog crate.

Our G1™ kennel is designed for travel. Its portability lets you take it anywhere and move it between home and truck easily. Don’t worry if you have to take a buddy’s truck out for a hunting trip or if you’re staying at a lodge for the weekend–your GUNNER kennel can come with you.

Debating if an aluminum dog crate is right for you and your pup? Think twice before going in that direction. Even our largest G1™ kennel is less bulky than the standard aluminum dog crate that usually takes up most of the space in your truck bed.

With the G1™ dog crate, you have the advantage of being able to move your kennel from vehicle to vehicle. And you can do all this without disturbing your dog’s sanctuary and safe space.

“Exceptional value and made rock solid. I sold all my aluminum kennels and now use only GUNNER Kennels.” – George P., trainer

SAFETY 

First and foremost, the best dog box for your truck must be safe. At GUNNER, safety is our number one priority. Our dog crate has been tested & proven to save real dogs in real accidents. Check and see if the other product you are checking out can say the same.

Here's something to think about: an estimated 100,000 dogs are killed each year from riding in truck beds alone–not to mention dogs who die from general car accidents. Plus, there are about 18,000 wrecks per day in the US, according to the NHSTA. These statistics is shocking and an important reason why we’ve made safety our primary goal here at GUNNER.

The G1™ kennel is the original 5 Star Crash Tested dog kennel on the market. It was awarded this certification through rigorous testing standards set by the Center For Pet Safety and set the standard. In 2015, the organization tested its first round of products using this protocol. 85% of all the products tested failed; every other dog crate but GUNNER Kennels failed. Like we said: safety matters to us. 

Now, we have to say that CPS hasn’t yet tested traditional stationary aluminum dog boxes. In fact, we can’t really find well-documented testing for them – but they have put other plastic and aluminum crate options on trial.

Plus, we’ve conducted our own tests. We’ve thrown the G1™ off a 200-foot cliff, shot it with a 12-gauge shotgun at 7 steps, dropped a 630 lb. sled on it from 8 feet high, and applied consistent pressure all the way up to 4,000 pounds (at which point the G1™ broke the machine…. We don’t actually know how much it can withstand). Even the best aluminum dog crate can’t withstand that much force.

To say that your choice of a kennel isn’t important is to put your dog’s life on the line. Even the most careful hunters (and drivers) know that accidents happen. So when they do, make sure your pup is in the safest dog box he can get, which is a GUNNER kennel–it can actually save his life. 

FEATURES 

Engineered for your dog, designed for travel, and built for your peace of mind, nothing comes close to a G1™ kennel. Here are a few of the features that make a Gunner kennel the best dog box for your truck:

  • Double-Wall Construction: 2x the impact protection for your dog. Heavy duty for the safety factor, but not immovable. Double layer also guards against UV rays, humidity, and outside chill
  • Stainless Steel Hardware & Water-Repelling Windows: our vents were engineered to limit penetration of seasonal elements like rain, sleet, and snow. Stainless steel hardware prevents ugly rusting and ensures your crate will last a lifetime.
  • Non-slip Elevated Feet: Raises crate off the ground, limiting heat transmission–or conduction–from surfaces. Plus, it stabilizes the kennel and minimizes slippage
  • Drainage System & Drain Plug: a recessed floor makes sure your dog isn’t sitting in water or mud and includes a removable drain plug for easy cleaning.
  • Superstrong Carry Handles: these kayak-grade handles offer an easy front grasp and helps to move the heavy-duty crate.
  • Escape-Proof, Reversible Door: our nylon door is custom welded, powder coated, and reinforced with an aluminum frame powerful enough to contain even the greatest escape artist.
  • Built-In Tie Down Pins: your crate won’t wobble in the wind with these built-in pins to secure your kennel is strapped down in the vehicle.

COST 

Many dog owners are concerned about the price and value of their desired kennel. It often seems like the options are to pay an arm and a leg for the best aluminum dog box or go with a cheaper plastic crate option that isn’t trustworthy.

Not only is a Gunner kennel cheaper than a custom aluminum box–it’s designed to last forever. Gunner guarantees a lifetime warranty, provides better safety for your dog, and offers more versatility for your lifestyle.

You can rest assured that a Gunner kennel is the best dog box for your truck and home to keep your dog safe and comfortable wherever you go. After all, man’s best friend deserves man’s best kennel.

Read more: The World’s Best and Most Durable Dog Crate

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GUNNER strap sets are the only ones that we recommend, and have met each of the brand’s crash test standards. They are the straps that the Center For Pet Safety recommends using when anchoring your crate to your vehicle for 5 Star Crash Test certified safety.

Our new & improved tie-downs are made with an extra-thick custom cam buckle for additional break strength and a synthetic material that ensures you can leave these out 24/7: better guarding against fading and stretching, and perfect for high abrasion environments.

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Your dog works hard for you – this fan works hard for your dog. The GUNNER Fan Kit is a high-powered device designed to mount easily to the crate, with a stainless steel mounting rod and custom tensions bolts. Built to provide significant ventilation, especially while kennel is stationary. A durable structure, just like our customers are accustomed to.

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07/05/2021
Brandon M.
United States United States
  • How would you describe your dog? Gun or Bird Dog
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
It’s like an insurance plan….

This is by far the best kennel made. I use mine daily and they take lots of abuse. They never even seem to wear at all. Hose them off with soap and water and they look brand new. I encourage all of my puppy buyers to get them as well. It’s like an insurance plan for your best friend!

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06/14/2021
Kris T.
United States United States
  • What's your primary use of the product? TravelHomeHome & Travel Equally
  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
Wow, Just Wow

Wow, this kennel is the Yeti of dog kennels! everything about this kennel is first rate. Yes, there are cheaper, but none can compare to a Gunner kennel.

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05/31/2021
Alec L.
United States United States
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
Amazing travel kennel

This thing is built like a tank. I have no doubt this will protect our little guy if we are ever involved in an accident. We recently completed an 800 mile road trip with him in the crate. It was well worth the money. This was the first time he was calm in the car and not whining. He slept easily during the drive. We felt calm know he was secure and comfortable. Cannot recommend this crate enough!!

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05/08/2021
Angus O.
United States United States
  • How would you describe your dog? Family or Companion Dog
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
Unlike any other crate I have seen

I purchased two Gunner kennels, a medium and a small, for my pups. Immediately, you understand this is a different level of product compared to what you’ve used before. The construction is fantastic and legitimately heavy duty. I feel so much better knowing I’ve done everything I can to keep my dogs safe in case of a worst case scenario.

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03/18/2021
Patrick K.
United States United States
  • What's your primary use of the product? Travel
  • How would you describe your dog? Gun or Bird Dog
Best purchase for my best friends

I’ve been buying cheap kennels for the four years I’ve owned my dogs, none of them seemed to hold up. I’ve wanted a Gunner for a year now, and the more I read stories of how they have saved dogs lives, it made me think of how losing my best friends would damn near **** me. So I made the purchase and will never look back. It is one solid kennel and I will not let the kennel hold me back from traveling farther to hunt anymore. It’s well worth the investment. I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for, and this will not let anyone down.