Whether starting with a new puppy or starting again with an adult dog,
this folding double-door metal dog crate cuts housebreaking time in half
and reduces behavioral problems. The exceptionally versatile unit
features a divider panel that allows for adjusting the length of the
living area. Keeping the living space small enough reduces the chance of
the puppy eliminating in one end and sleeping in the other. Choose the
size of crate that the dog will need when it reaches its full adult
size, as the divider can be adjusted as the puppy grows. For easy
placement in an automobile or in the corner of a room, the dog crate
also comes equipped with convenient double doors, which allow both side
and front access. Other highlights include safe and secure slide-bolt
latches, a durable satin-black electro-coat finish, 1-1/2-by-5-7/8-inch
mesh, rounded corners, and two plastic handles for carrying. The unit
easily sets up and folds down to a portable size for suitcase-style
carrying, and an ABS-composite plastic pan for easy clean up comes
included. The dog crate measures 36 by 24 by 27 inches and carries a
one-year limited warranty.
LifeStages® single-door and double door dog crates by MidWest Homes for Pets® are designed completely around the safety, security, and comfort of your dog. LifeStages® crates set up easily in seconds, do not require tools, and can be assembled by almost anyone. Features include safe and secure slide-bolt latches, rounded corners, a durable satin-black Electro-Coat finish, and a removable, washable plastic pan for easy cleanup in the event of an accident. LifeStages® crates also come with a free divider panel for use while your puppy is growing. Simply choose the size of crate that your dog will need when it reaches its full adult size. The divider panel will allow you to adjust the length of the living area while your puppy grows, keeping the living space small enough to reduce the chance of your puppy eliminating in one end and sleeping in the other. LifeStages® crates easily fold down to a portable size for suitcase-style carrying and include plastic carrying handles to move the folded crate from one location to another comfortably. LifeStages® carry a one-year limited warranty and are available in six sizes: 22in, 24in, 30in, 36in, 42in, and 48in.
If you have a medium sized doggie
and are looking for a crate because you live in an apartment, this
particular model is a good choice. Crate training is amazingly simple
(just don't use it for punishment--make it a happy experience when your
puppy go into his crate). We have been using this for two months, and he
takes to it easily.
1. Easy to put together and fold away. Solid black e-coat steel wire, conjoined with small metal plates with welded corners facing out. It comes with a slightly smaller divider that you can hook to the insides of the crate. As our puppy got bigger, we moved the divider and eventually removed it.
2. The two doors (one on the long end is off-centered) are not removable and opens only one way so it's not omni-directional when you place it in tight spaces. You may want to check out some crates with three doors if so.
3. The bottom tray is made of black-composite plastic material, easy to wipe clean and slide out from under the short end of the door.
4. I like the double latch, but some people may find it a little more work to open and close day-to-day.
5. If you buy a crate cover, check out Cratewear Pet Dreams 3-Piece (which fits this model well, but only work with the door on the short end).
6. For this price, it's a good crate to highly consider because your goal is to have a sanctuary for your puppy (for time out and quiet-time) and to housebreak your dog and/or temperate from negative behavior (such as chewing furniture, etc.)
I hope this review is helpful for you.
By J. Chen on May 14, 2006
This cage was a waste of money in every sense. It took my 6 week old puppy a matter of days to figure out how to get out of it. There are a number of different problems with the cage. For starters, the locks are not spring loaded, they simply lift up and slide over so it is really easy for her to push them with her paws. Secondly, the metal is weak and once she was larger, as in the video, she was able to bend it and break it completely, and within a few months she had completely destroyed the cage. The hinged area of the gate is just the metal folded around so she was able to push on that until the metal bent backwards and she escaped that way quite a few times. In the video it is the far side of the gate. The plastic piece on the bottom is easy to break, she did this too, which can be very harmful if your dog likes to eat things like mine. It also gave her access to the carpet, which she destroyed. After about a month we had to buy 4 padlocks and a bike chain lock and put them on the gates, there are 2, just to keep her from getting out. After a couple months it became too frustrating, not to mention the cage was so bent and broken it wouldn't even fold up anymore, we bought one of the plastic crates with spring locks and she has yet to escape. I would never recommend this product to anyone, especially if you have a semi-intelligent dog. The video shows her breaking out, it is edited to reduce the time, it took her about 4 and a half minutes to break out in real time. I believe she was about 6 months at this time.
By Zachary Thomas Stapleton on September 19, 2013