Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 13
Rated 1 out of 5 by ProudDogdad DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!
I had purchased this because I felt the price was a bargain for the size kennel that I had wanted for my two dogs (a lab (65lb) and pit bull (45lbs)) to provide them a dog run to keep them in one area of the yard. First this kennel takes hours to assemble even with 2 people. Once it was assembled I noticed the bottom of some parts of the fence were loose or not very well connected so I had to use many wire ties to correct this. Also some bottom areas were not very secure as with a slight push a dog could simply crawl out the kennel. So I had to use lots of wire ties and zip ties to correct this. Finally the door itself has a design flaw as it doesn't fully connects to the metal frame. This meant that a slight push on the door and it came off which happened during one of my dog's many escapes. So lets talk about the escapes. After many hours of set up and reinforcement I introduced it to my dogs. After spending time with them to make sure they were comfortable I left them to be in the kennel. I leave my house for a short while and return finding my dogs loose in the yard. I go and check the kennel and find that they had created a hole in the part of the fence that had came not fully connected and I had used wire ties and zip tires to attach together. So I use a separate piece of welded fence to place over the whole and place them back in the next day. Now I leave again for a short time and come back and find them in the yard again. I go and I find that they had chewed/dug a hole at the bottom of the fence and escaped. Frustrated I went and created a wooden barrier to place along the bottom of the kennel (3'x15' of wood barrier) to prevent them from creating holes to the fence. So I leave them in there again, monitor them from inside my house for a while and everything seemed fine. However a little while later I look out the window and they are free in the yard. I look at the kennel and they had pushed the part of the fence next to the door hard enough to knock to door and the metal frame next to it off the kennel. At this point I went to local hardware store an purchase a black solid steel kennel that was being sold which was more expensive but my dogs contained my dogs. I returned this kennel later, unless you have a small 15lb dog with no teeth avoid this product.
July 6, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Christabas Disclaimer - I did not buy this for dogs
I bought this kennel to be used as a chicken run. For that purpose, it is pretty good. Light weight enough to move easily, not too difficult to make predator proof, not too difficult to put together. However, directions ARE vague, so you have to use your imagination to figure it out, and I would NOT use it for a large dog. It is definitely flimsy and a large dog would have no trouble getting out. My chickens love it!
June 8, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Dreamliner Poor quality fencing
I bought this kennel for my 12 year old lab. We had bought the same kennel 12 years ago when she was a puppy. We combined the kennels to make a larger one for her. The new kennel (same make and model) is made of really cheap, low grade fencing, especially compared to the old one. the new fencing comes apart when unrolling the fence. It took many hours to weave the fencing back together. The corners on the new kennel frame are square instead of round and it is difficult to pull the fencing tight around corners without the fencing coming apart.
April 27, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5
by PgLabGuy not for strong dogs
I purchased 2 of the 10'x10' kits, for 3 labs, 65-90 lbs each. Installation was not that bad, it helps if you have put up chain link before, 2 people make it easier.
There is a SERIOUS design flaw, the fence poles connect into a bracket in each corner, the horizontal poles have push pins to lock them in place, but the vertical poles do NOT LOCK. This means that when you lock the gate, the vertical pole the latch is attached to will rotate freely and the gate will push open rather easily. You can simply drill and bolt to prevent this, but should be aware of this issue. #see picture#
The chain link itself is very malleable and pliable, my dogs can easily open holes in the chain link. I repair them as they happen but the 65 lb has escaped this way.
The tension clips are weak and open up over time, allow dogs to break out from that corner...again this is easily fixed with a visit to a fencing store #rona#. Buy proper connectors. It cost me an extra $80 dollars to be happy with kennels overall.
If you have small dogs, then these are likely not even issues...but if you have large breed dogs, or maybe even a Chihuahua with an attitude, the kennel will need reinforcing...
March 26, 2015