Top Paw Double Door Dog Crate
Locking system changed for the worse!
We bought this crate in a 36" for our new puppy last year and it is still great. Since our pup is about a year old now, we wanted to get him a larger day crate so we thought to get the same one in just a bigger size.
Since our purchase last year, Top Paws has changed there locking system on the crates and it is now a door that lifts up instead of the sliding lock. Our Vizsla easily gets out every time we put him in it and since he is a counter surfer, we come home to a mess. Luckily Petsmart has a good return policy and we got a full refund.
I would NOT recommend this crate for anyone with Top Paws new lift door locking system.
August 6, 2014
I purchased this crate in order to crate train my Golden Retriever puppy. I liked the adjustable gate that can be installed inside because I wanted to limit her space as she grew. After a few weeks, she figured out how to open both the doors, so it was impossible to keep her contained. I recommend a crate that has a more secure latch instead of simply lifting up on the door to open it.
July 31, 2014
My 4 month old collie/Aussie mix was crate trained prior to my adopting him and he loves laying in the crate with his toys, however the latches on the doors are not as shown. I too wish I had read the reviews prior to purchasing (before reading I thought he was Houdini) so that I could've gotten a better quality. The material is very weak (my dog is only 30lbs but can bow it) and you need add-ons in order to keep puppy inside. Luckily he is a good boy and doesn't get into any trouble when he is not crated. I will be returning this product and will be purchasing a better quality for him. All in all it's not the worst but it certainly won't work if your pup has the will to explore.
July 7, 2014
Not as bad as some say
I was apprehensive about purchasing this crate after reading the reviews, but I was in desperate need of a crate, and couldn't wait the 1-3 days for a better crate to be shipped. My German Shepherd was proving to be difficult to housebreak, and I needed a crate ASAP.
The first thing I did after assembling the crate (which is ridiculously easy, by the way), was to take a plastic zip-tie, and used it to secure the side door. The second thing I did, was to begin the crate training.
I took my pups favorite bone, chew toy, and some treats, tossed them inside the crate, and locked her OUT of it. This caused the reaction I was looking for, as within 5 minutes, my dog was begging to get INSIDE the crate! I opened the door and she jumped right in. Over the next few hours I experimented with closing and opening the door, and long story longer, she was crate trained within three hours.
She did figure out how to open the other crate door the first night, however. I solved this problem by fastening the door with a small caribiner, preventing her from lifting the door. Problem solved. I honestly believe that if it takes more than that to keep your dog in the crate, it isn't properly crate trained. The crate should be a place that the dog truly enjoys going. When my dog isn't in the backyard, or playing, she is in her crate with a chew toy or a bone. The best part of this whole experience, is that my pup hasn't had a single accident in the house since I brought the crate home for her almost two weeks ago.
By reading the reviews, it seemed to me that people with smaller breeds had the best luck with this crate. This isn't true at all in my case, as my pup is almost 19" tall, and is weighing in at 60lbs.
My only gripe about the crate is that the gauge of the metal seems a little bit weak. If you can wait to have a crate shipped, I think you would be better off waiting for a higher quality unit. But, If you find yourself in a pinch like I did, I think this crate will serve you well.
July 7, 2014