KONG® Space Saving Double-Door Pet Crate
Not Strong enough
This product was bought for its claim to be one of the strongest crates on the market. This is just not true. The crate overall is too flexible and bendable. My German Shepherd got out of it in 5 minutes while on a dose of Xanax! He pulled the gate with his bite until it bent and out he went. money down the drain. I recommend spending a tad bit more on an empire crate. Its the Alcatraz of dog crates and much safer for your dog. My German Shepherd was rescued and has severe anxiety issues when we leave the house. He's going to the off the leash training outside DC soon which will hopefully help with his anxiety and destructive behavior when left alone. If you have a tame dog its a nice looking crate and will be sufficient for most customers. But if you have a smart strong escapee, then probably not for you.
December 21, 2014
I love this crate! I had previously purchased a similar crate by another brand that had the overhead door. It was fine for my older dog. We sold it after he passed away. But then I got a determined dachshund puppy. I choose to get the Kong version because it has two doors instead of one.
Having the option of opening it on either side is great. It is easier to incorporate it into the house however the doors are slightly harder to open and close. You've got to make sure you're pulling it up and down evenly so that it doesn't catch. It isn't hard by any means, just takes some getting used to and you'll have to be quicker than your pup.
I can leave it open all day and my girl can do in as she pleases without having a door swinging around or closing on her. That makes it prefect for my house.
November 27, 2014
I just brought this home (size Large) yesterday and put it together today. The instructions were somewhat helpful, but I had a lot of difficulty getting the crate to 'fold' open the way the instructions indicated. Once folded open, the doors would not slide up and down as designed, although eventually, after moving the handles that came attached incorrectly, I was able to get the doors to slide open.
The side door is a very poor fit and will not close completely, as something (I'm not sure what) does not align properly. I think that perhaps either the door, or the frame, is bent. It closes enough, however, for it to seem to be secure. Once the crate was folded open, and somewhat working, I tried to fold it closed and it absolutely would not. So it is now open, and it is going to have to stay open.
For the amount of money these cost they are definitely a poor value. I am not familiar with the other brands but I doubt they can be any worse than the Kong, and for a lot less money. I'm not sure I'll keep the Kong, in fact I would rather not, but I'll probably keep it as that would be a lot easier than returning it. Especially since it has to be folded closed to get back into the box, and this crate will not fold closed. I find this to be a really poor piece of merchandise and a terrible choice in dog crates. I am very disappointed and would definitely NOT recommend it to anyone!
November 7, 2014
BEST Crate Going
I do rescue, and believe me, I have had some really tough fosters --- pitbulls. They are muscular, 65 pounds plus, and athletes. Not a one of them has ever been able to get out of this crate and that is saying something. I have had fosters who charge the walls when they see one of my cats go by and it didn't budge. I've not had to zip tie it, and am actually surprised at the few reviews that stated the crate was flimsy. My crates have very heavy wire, and the doors are very sturdy on thick tracks. I like the way the doors pull up and over the crate because in prior crates where the doors swing open, the dogs have been able to push and/or bend them open and escape. This feature also is space saving, and no more bumping into open doors when the dog is out in your room free. I highly recommend this crate.
May 13, 2014