Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: Large Dog Crate | Midwest Life Stages Double Door Folding Metal Dog Crate | Divider Panel, Floor Protecting Feet, Leak-Proof Dog Tray | 42L x 28W x 31H Inches, Large Dog Breed
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I purchased many many crates for my dogs in the past 45 years, I bought the cheapest and I bought the most expensive. You used to have to get them at the pet store and pay anywhere from $90-$200 for standard great. Thank goodness for Amazon. I just added to my "stable" of dogs with an eight-week-old golden retriever named Bentley. Now he's just a little guy weighing in at 12 pounds but he will get bigger. Right now he fits in a small crate and I mean fits. He can get in it but he can't lay down or turn around. I needed to get him a crate he can grow into so I went online to Amazon and looked around. I saw my old friends Midwest who stood by me with durable crates during my dog show days. They always made a sturdy crate out of heavy-duty material that was well engineered and well put together. It's been a few years since I bought a crate and a few things have changed. Pretty much now everybody offers a folding crate that wasn't so back in the day Midwest was one of the first to offer that feature and they did it well and they still do. They have a variety of sizes more so than most manufacturers so I chose the middle middle size which is a little bigger than other manufacturers middle size. Some of the features I like was this one has double doors, one on the side and one on the end. Each closes and locks sturdily and securely with two hasps on each door. Nowadays the bottom tray is made of plastic instead of steel so with a little lighter and more resistant to corrosion and easily cleaned. I ordered this crate and it came promptly from Amazon as I am an Amazon prime member. It was packaged well and arrived without damage and I had it set up in less than 5 min.. The only problem was the location where I was going to use it was against a wall and the doors were all wrong. Well I solved that by swapping the ends by bending back four hooks on each end, then squeezing them tight again to finish up, this took all of 3 min. to do in my crate or I should say that Bentleys crate was ready to go. One of the big advantages of having the second door is that when I wanted to introduce Bentley to crate I left both doors open so he could wander in and out at his leisure. I placed a few toys and water bowl in their as well as a wee wee pad and some bedding. He was curious and wandered in and out. I will admit however, the first night he was full of screams and barks and crying for most of the night. It was his first night in a crate. The second night I placed him in the crate and he laid down and was quiet until early morning. When he saw me and heard me moving around a little bit he started vocalizing so I took him out. The Crate also comes with a divider so you can change the size as your dog grows. At this point I'm not even using divider and giving Bentley full run of the crate. I am really glad that Amazon is selling these and the price is phenomenal. If you go to a pet store I'm sure you will easily over $150 for this crate or poorly made imitation. I really recommend Midwest and I think you'll be very happy with the quality and the operation of this crate. if you're a first-time buyer, check the AKC standards for how big your dog will be, then buyer accordingly. Don't buy too small as you will have to buy bigger later on. I give this five stars I love it I know you will too and it's recommended buy
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I have used many cages and for the price this is a good cage but two stars docked as to put up and down is possible but not a nano second job however for travelling around the country with my dogs I know it will keep them secure in the car - heavier than I expected
Found it in warehouse deals at a price less than 36 ads. I searched through on Kijiji, and it was brand new; only the packaging was ugly. I have owned a Midwest, 3-Door, 36" long crate for 12 years, so I knew what I was getting when I found this deal. It was super easy to unfold and pop together and fold down flat again. One door is enough. The tray was less slippery than my older model. It didn't come with a plastic clip-on carry-handle for when it is folded flat, like my bigger crate has, but because it is smaller, it can be carried using the cage wires easy enough.
I love this crate. Assembled in 10 min. Divider is a little bit harder to attach on bottom but that makes it fit properly once it is in. Strong material and 65lb puppy has not bent any part of it. It I put a blanket in the crate but will replace it with a nice Midwest bed once he stops chewing everything up. Once you get the divider out the crate is easy to unclog and fold for travel. Clips together and has carry handles. In the pic there is no divider. I will put it back in today as my puppy is not yet big enough for the whole crate. 5 stars because I find no fault with this crate. I am very happy with the purchase. I paid for this crate so this is an honest opinion.
I bought the XS crate for my mix puppy who's half English bulldog and half French bulldog. I think the size will be perfect for his puppyhood. It was super easy to assemble--everyhing is already connected, you just have to lock it in place. It's light and portable, so I can easily carry it to different rooms in the house. I actually don't think I'll need the divider (but it's great to have) since my little guy will have just the right amount of space to sit, stand, move a bit and lay down.
Overall I'm super happy with this purchase! Despite delay times, this arrived on the expected date which I appreciate.
This brand came highly recommended. And I was not let down. This is perfect and well built. Love the side door, it is great in the house and will be great if we need to transport. I was worried about finding a quality crate in Canada. The one I have from the US is not sold in Canada. But this is equal to that one in quality.
It just arrived, 15 mins ago and within 5 minutes it was set up without even refering to the instructions. Unhooked two clips, unfolded it then stood the walls up, lifted the door end and it hooked right into place, lifted the wall end and hooked it into place and that's it. Absolutely no regrets buying this. I just may put a few zap straps on it just for a little more security.
An update. The only thing I find a nuisance is the side door doesn't swing back onto the side of the crate. I want to leave the door open for the dog to come and go as she pleases but I'm always finding the door in my way.
Compré la de 42 y la de 24 pulgadas para un pastor inglés y un pomerania respectivamente. Se ven súper duraderas y de muy buen material. Se pueden plegar para guardarlas, pero sí están pesadas (20 kg y 8 kg). El panel divisor está excelente porque ahorita puedo meter a mis dos perros a la jaula grande y mantenerlos separados como si fueran dos jaulas diferentes, en lo que crecen. Tiene una base plástica que se puede extraer fácilmente para limpiarla en caso de que sea necesario. Me gustaron mucho.
I purchased this crate because I was looking for an easy, "no tools" set-up, which is how this crate is described. However, after becoming extremely frustrated at my prolonged inability to "pull the door panel forward" as described in Step 4, I phoned customer service and was told that I need to use a flathead screwdriver to pry apart the two hooks that appear to be holding both the door panel and the end panel to the bottom of the crate (hence my inability to pull the door panel forward with brute force alone). According to the videos I have watched on how to set up this particular crate, it should be an easy, one-handed task to pull the door panel and end panel forward and secure them in place.
The CSR told me that it was a "common problem" to have the parts of the crate shift during shipping and the various hooks inadvertently "secure" parts together that are not supposed to be attached to each other. If you do run into a problem, it is not apparent to the consumer what the problem is, making the phone call to customer service a necessity. So, complicating the set-up are two things: 1) It is very difficult to tell, as you are setting up the crate, which parts of the crate the many hooks ARE supposed to secure together and 2) The crate is not freestanding UNTIL the door panel and end panel are in place. Thus, as you are trying to pull the door forward, the sides and top of the crate will collapse inward and on your head, which only adds to the set-up frustration.
So, I am off to buy a flat-head screwdriver and hope that I can get this stupid crate set up today. Though I am already regretting my purchase of the crate, I am loathe to pack it up and send it back--heavy and awkward!--so I am hoping the customer service advice is on the money. My initial dealing with them was satisfactory: they seem decently informed and helpful and there was no wait time to get through.
UPDATE: I was able to unhook and lift the front door panel off the bottom of the crate without using a screwdriver (which only succeeded in scraping off some of the epoxy finish). The crate was simple to set up after that!