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Pet Safety

Exploring the Hero Kennel

Our most rugged kennel yet, the Hero was constructed with the working dog in mind and crafted alongside former Navy Seal Mike Ritland

Our most rigid kennel yet, the Hero Kennel is built for those it’s named after: Heroes. 

This kennel is constructed of military grade materials developed and tested in the harshest environments. It’s perfect for those that have aggressive dogs or those who are just looking for an additional layer of security, while also proving to be an astounding option for military, police, or hunting dogs. 

With a stainless steel door that boasts triple-locking capability, you know your dog will remain safe at all times. The first layer of security is our standard paddle latch locking door, and the last two are north-south button locks that are easy to operate. Further, because chewing can be a problem for some owners or handlers, the door has smaller ventilation holes than our other kennels – big enough to see through, but not big enough to gnaw on. 

The Hero Kennel is also easy to clean, no matter what your dog gets into – just place it on its backend and spray down with a hose. 

The Hero is built for large breed dogs – labradors, Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds, etc. – but with interior dimensions of 35L x 18.5W x 27.75H, it can fit a variety of dogs if you need a heavy duty kennel. The exterior dimensions clock in at 40.25L x 26W x 30.1H, and the kennel weighs 54 pounds empty, so keep this in mind when purchasing the Hero to make sure it will fit in your vehicle.

And if you need more convincing, take a look at what former police K9 handler and current trainer Jeff Schettler thinks: 

“The Dakota 283 Hero Kennel was introduced to me a couple of years ago for the very first time,” he said. “I had used and been a dealer for other kennels, but when I saw the Dakota for the very first time, the quality of the construction, the price point, and the marketing were above par. As a the owner of Georgia K9 National Training center, I need a kennel that is incredibly tough, that can take the abuse — and can be thrown in and out of the truck as you need to. I need a kennel that can have a dog with massive drive getting into it, doing whatever he needs to do inside, and not breaking out of it.  That, honestly, is a big issue with working dogs because they are so high drive that they want to get out there and do something. 

“In my business, we have to have something that is a representation of our company: it has to be incredibly strong and absolutely secure. We found that with the Dakota 283 Hero Kennel.”

A note about our kennels 

A note before we go about our kennels and dogs. 

Dakota 283 manufactures high-quality and innovative products to contain and protect your dog. We take pride in serving the vast majority of the dog population with our products. With that said, our kennel products may not contain all dogs. We expect that there are some breeds and or pets that are beyond containment with our products. While we have had great success in kenneling aggressive dogs, we are not claiming that we can contain every dog. 

Dog owners know their dogs intimately and should be the person that makes the final determination regarding the use of any product or kennel. We are regularly working on additional products and upgraded designs that will give a higher degree of containment for aggressive breeds. If you have any questions concerning these products or if a kennel is right for your dog, please reach out to us so we may help you through the decision process.

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