Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 176
Rated 1 out of 5 by Kevin827 It worked well for a couple of days.
My dog had broken out of 2 crates prior, and a mate asked if I wanted him to buy this crate for me. I was very skeptical but shrugged and agreed. Setting it up was a terrible process and we hit a snag where the front panel just wouldn't come up. After some banging on it and pulling, we finally got it set up. The two doors were a bit awkward to use, as they would sometimes pop off the rail and need to be manhandled back on track. My dog was fine in it the 1st day. Fine the 2nd day. Pushed the tray out the 3rd (a sign he had had enough and was plotting his escape). The 4th day he had gotten out and trashed the house. He had somehow pulled the bottom part of the bigger side door inward, pushed the door up, and then he was free. Now I can't even fix it and I'm still not entirely sure how he did it. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone with a dog with separation anxiety like mine. For a mild mannered dog that doesn't care or whines a nit when you leave, maybe.
February 15, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5
by DP2358 Strong but not strong enough
This is definitely a bit overpriced and it couldn't handle a puppy Doberman. Within 1 year my dog has managed to breakout out of both doors. Yes I know my dog is somewhat intelligent (at times) and he managed to find a weak point and he kept working it until he could pop out the door within 5 minutes.
I then zip tied the doors shut. He would nip each zip tie and then pop the door right off again with his paw. The cage lasted two years because I have about 65 zip ties reinforcing the front door and I put the large side door against the wall so he can't pop it open. This causes me to slide the moderately heavy cage away from the wall with my 100 pound bundle of joy each time I need to get him out.
The use of a guillotine door is "meh." I get the pup in the cage, stand up to slide the door down and he zips right out thinking we just started a cool game of "Not a chance am I staying in there." Also once the guillotine door is slightly bent, good luck jostling it back into place if it comes off its track.
The pad that is sold separately is a waste. I came home to my dog looking like santa clause within a week of owning it. This led me to analyze his droppings for 3 days to make sure all the pipes were still working.
So yes, it is a cage, if you have a dog that has some type of intelligence, you will be out 200 dollars real quick.
February 5, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by CrateReviewer Crate is not as tough as Kong claims
We bought this crate as an emergency purchase, because my dog ate her plastic airline-type crate. It was $70 more than the comparable metal crate. My husband said that they claimed it was "indestructible" or something to that effect. Well, it's been less than a month and my dog has eaten it. She ate the plastic tray on the bottom. You can't buy those individually so the crate is more or less ruined.
Kudos to petsmart though. I called today and explained what happened, and they agreed to let me exchange it. We will be getting the cheaper model and trying to get creative to keep her from eating a third crate.
Bottom line, save your money and do not buy this crate if you think it is going to be extra tough. The tray is plastic just like the other models.
October 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by BoxersMom Best We have Found for Houdini
As a foster parent to boxers, we go through kennels pretty quick as dogs learn how kennel training. On top of that we have a Houdini of our own that knows how to open doors on normal kennels, collapse the walls in or pry the wire bars apart. This is the eighth kennel we have used with her and it is the only one that has lasted two years without major issue. Unlike conventional kennels, she can not open the door on this one and the metal is stronger/sturdier than a lot of other ones so she can't bend the bars or collapse it easily like the others. However, there have been two occasions where she managed to push the door off and I think partly that was because the door got off track and wasn't properly closed. Two times in two years are pretty good odds if you ask me. It also folds down easily for transport, the first few times are a little tougher because the material is new and needs more muscle to assemble, but in the long run (if you are not taking it down and setting up often) it is better because that makes it stronger than a lot of other kennels we have used. The way the door opens is great too because we leave kennels open for dogs to go in whenever they want. With this design we are not constantly smacking into the open door, it's out of the way and self contained.
Having tried a variety of different kennel styles I'd say this is the best if we have come across.
September 1, 2015