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Christhewilsonzoo
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Rating: 3

Small crate probably OK, but big version a pain.

posted 6 years ago

I have the XLarge version of this crate, which is 31x48x35, so many of my problems with it are probably related to size.

FIRST: If you have a large, rambunctious dog, this may not be the crate for you. The metal frame is not that strong - my doberman has successfully bent the frame several times. Fortunately, as I said, it isn't that strong, and I was able to easily bend it right back, using my bare hands. For small dogs, it's probably perfect.

PUTTING UP THE CRATE: Probably a lot easier with the smaller ones. With the big one, I have to practically climb inside. "Structural integrity" for this crate comes by having the front and back zipped - the metal frame is in the 2 end pieces. Until they're both zipped, you have no structural integrity.

TAKING DOWN THE CRATE: Easy to take down - just unzip the front and back panels. Let the ends drop to the middle (I believe the instructions tell you which end to drop first).

PUTTING THE CRATE BACK INTO THE *#$)@%&$ FITTED CARRY CASE: Oh what fun. Once again, probably a LOT easier with the smaller crates, since there's a lot less material to deal with. Best way to cope: lay dropped crate out on the bottom of the carry case. Then, stretch the crate fabric neatly either side of the folded down panels. Then you can either gently shove each half between the two panels, or try to fold them over the crate and hope they don't get caught in the carry case zipper as you zip it up (good luck with that). Warning: do not just wad up the fabric, or you'll never get the zipper to close - it is, after all, a fitted carry case. It must lay somewhat neatly.

This whole thing would be a lot easier if the crate body itself came with some velcro straps to hold the folded crate together. Since it doesn't, that makes it almost impossible to actually pick up and put back into the carry case without having fabric falling all over the place.

Again, maybe this whole process is easier with the smaller crates. And, with practice, though, it does get easier. I've gotten the tear-down process down to less than 5 minutes now (that includes removing all the dog toys from the inside, something you have to do in order to get it to fit into the carry case).

Honestly, for the money, I really would recommend going with one of the other collapsible crates. I know I wish I had.

Pros: Light weight and portable

Cons: Maybe a little TOO light weight for the big dogs (and a pain to deal with too).

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Katrina J.
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Rating: 4

For the crate trained dog

posted 6 years ago

I really like this crate for daytrips and overnights. My dog is crate trained and doesn't try to escape. The side flaps can be rolled up or put down for privacy. Putting the sides down helps calm my dog especially when there are things she would want to chase outside it. She doesn't like it as much as she does her wire crate but it is good for travel.

It is not easily cleaned as it has a fleece pad instead of a plastic pan. The pad must be washed. The pad is covering a flimsy piece of board which I plan to replace with plastic. This crate was meant for dogs that are crate trained and do not chew. This crate is not claw or chew proof.

Pros: Great for travel

Cons: Not chew proof

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Fandrews
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Rating: 5

Great portable crate

posted 5 years ago

This is a good soft crate. It's good for traveling. It's easy to carry and quick to setup and take down.

Pros: portable

Cons: dogs can escape if they are determined

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