I bought one of these crates six years ago, shortly before I picked up our seven week old Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy. Dog crates are all pretty much the same so I am not going to review this particular model but how a crate can be extremely useful in training a puppy with love and consideration. Having said that, this particular model is a good one.
We bought the largest possible crate in the Hagen range, ,admittedly half price but designed for a Great Dane. The idea was that it would be a bed, haven, play pen for our pup. Safely erected in our kitchen, it was covered with a blanket to create a cave like feeling and then we put layers of newspaper at one end and a dog bed in the other end. I had given the breeder one of my old jumpers for our Puppy to sleep on during the week before she came home and I made sure that jumper went into the crate on her first night home.... Along with a well wrapped hot water bottle and a small ticking clock (imitates Mums heartbeat) the little munchkin seemed to like her new bed and settled down with only the minimum of crying that first night,
Dogs are naturally clean animals and will not mess their sleeping quarters. A crate (if it is big enough) helps with toilet training in the early weeks. Our pup did her business in the far end of the crate away from her bed. We cleaned the newspaper out each morning and consistently took her out into the garden every two hours during the day. We found that overnight, if she needed the toilet , that she would 'go' as far away from her bed as possible or try to hang on until morning. I can honestly say that she only had two accidents in the house and those were because we were watching TV or too distracted to take her out on cue.
The blanket covered crate proved to be her safe place. Every dog needs somewhere to go when they want to be left alone, especially when lots of visitors are in the house or noisy children. Also, we all have to leave our dogs home alone for a few hours, whether we work or not. A crate is ideal for this if it is a cosy, safe place of their own and you leave them with a stuffed Kong toy or something to chew on. This way they are not bored or insecure enough to chew your possessions. Once our dog was house trained, we never shut the crate door, it was always left open and she was quite happy to go in there with a treat to munch on.
If you want a crate to work for you then my advice is to never, ever use it as a punishment or to keep your dog away from you whilst you are in the house.
I have never been a fan of keeping animals in crates. I have a clean and tidy house but I would never keep any of my three dogs enclosed in a cage for dogs for any length of time, simply to keep them out of our way - if that were the case I wouldn't have invited them into our home in the first place.
Having said that, we did purchase one of these cages when one of our little dogs needed to remain with her friends yet also needed a bit of space to herself at the same time. The large size of the cage means that our toy poodle cross has plenty of room and there are also two doors which means easy access.
The cage has meant that for an hour or two in the evenings, all our little gang can be together ( but separate) which suits the situation ideally.
I have also used this sturdy black cage ( which I think is plastic covered metal) when we have had very young visitors to the house so that the dog can see the visitors and the visitors the dog,but with a bit of space between one enthusiastic, leaping, licking poodle and a toddler who is equally enthusiastic and friendly but lacking in the knowledge of how even a friendly dog should be handled.
There is no way that i would use this cage as a long-term containment for my dogs but with an open door, I do feel that it could be kept on as a 'den' for an older puppy who used it during younger years as a safe place when his owners were out for a short time.
I got my second oldest dog Pip nearly five years ago now. She's a chocolate labrador and we picked her from the litter when she was 5 weeks old and obviously had to wait until she was older until we could actually bring her home, which gave us plenty of time to prepare and get everything ready. My first dog was an 'inheritment' and we got him when he was 1 so getting a puppy was really exciting. My mum read a book on puppies and dogs etc to get an idea of what we would need/what to expect, and she insisted that we get a dog cage (also known as 'crates') to help the puppy feel secure and to also contain the puppy when we were out/at night time etc and for the puppy to have its own space. I know that a cage sounds quite cruel, but they really aren't when used properly. A dog cage gives a dog somewhere to go when they want their own space, and they feel secure and safe in their own little 'den'. Some dogs won't like cages and some will. I have four dogs and all of them have used this crate. Talia liked it and then grew out of it, Clyro didn't like it at all and refused point black to even step inside it, Harvey wonders in there when he fancies it and Pip goes in it once in a while when she wants to be left alone.
Purchasing the right dog cage is important. You will obviously need to make sure that it's large enough for your dog and also you will need to ensure it's good quality and will be able to withstand your dog moving inside it. If you have a small dog that won't grow much then it's pointless buying a large but don't buy an extra small and then realise that your dog will need a medium when it grows lol - think things through and check measurements. Me and my mum set out in search for a dog cage about 3 weeks before we got Pip. We were shocked at how much they were in the pet retail shops such as pets at home etc and decided to pop into the 'discount' type factories that were scattered around where we used to live (eg B&M and so on). We ended up purchasing this dog cage from a shop called Tickertee Boo for £40, which was the cheapest we'd come across and we snapped it up.
The RRP for these cages varies depending on where you buy it from and which size you get. We chose the extra large as we knew my dog would grow up to be quite chunky and we wanted it to be a long term item rather than just for use while she was a puppy. The RRP for the extra large is around £87 and it can be purchased for £10-£20 less on a range of discount pet supplies websites. Other sizes available are small, medium and large so there's a size to suit every breed. The cage came flat packed and weighed an absolute ton, setting it up was easy from what I remember, you just connect the various hooks and so on to build it up, it didn't take too long at all and the cage looked impressive once it was finished and it didn't stand out from our decor. We had the cage in the conservatory but it really doesn't matter where you place it in your home.
The cage comes in either silver or black and we chose black as we were concerned that the silver may rust, however the black did wear and rust after about a year which wasn't too bad and we simply went over the rusty patches with some black paint. The tray that goes in the bottom of the cage got very dirty and mud stained but it was easily covered up with a foam mattress that was provided, although as Pip grew older she ended up chewing the mattress up and it wasn't very durable. Getting the tray out of the cage is simple. You simply unhinge the bottom of the cage and pull it off then remove the tray. The tray is easy to clean with a damp sponge but it did get scratched easily. It's not an option to chuck the tray away if it gets stained badly though as underneath it's metal wireing which would be uncomfortable for a dog even with a blanket over the top.
There are two doors to the cage which were able to be locked by pulling a hinge. We always left the doors open so the dogs were free to come and go when they fancied. All of my dogs were able to fit through the doors with no effort. The doors became creeky after a while and they also were hard to keep open as they were so lightweight they would close half way but the dogs were able to push them open so this was not an issue. We've had this cage for almost five years and although it looks slightly worn it's still in one piece and the dogs still get occasional use out of it. We currently have it in the spare bedroom however as it has a handle on top it's easy to carry and put into the car to put one of the dogs in when we take them to the vets. The cage is sturdy and doesn't slide around in the car and fits into the back of my boyfriends landrover with ease, although even a medium would be too big to fit into a small car boot.
Overall I would reccomend these cages. They're sturdy, durable and long lasting. The price is a bit of a disadvantage but due to how long they last it's well worth it.
When we first got Hamish our 9-month-old border collie the thought of caging a dog abhorred me. But after researching it fully on the Internet and speaking it over with other dog owners we decided that it was a good investment for the sake of the puppy and got out very first dog cage.
As you would expect the cage is a metal frame, and in our case the metal is covered in a black plastic coating with an aluminium base. Not the most comfortable sounding bed, however we lined it with dog blankets and a jumper of my partner's so that the dog would be used to our smell if he felt lonely in the night.
From the first instance we took Hamish home and let him loose in the kitchen he was straight over to the cage and investigating it before wandering inside and settling down for a sleep. So far so good, and dispelling the fears I had about him not liking the cage.
Over time as he's grown we've bought a larger cage for him which again the same as the puppy cage has been decked out with blankets and bedding to make it more comfortable.
Many people think cages are a form of animal cruelty, and I will hold my hand up to having been one of those people until I researched it and got a dog. The fact that our dog was straight into his told us that he liked it. And indeed dogs are known as "den animals", they like to be in a safe and secure place. Hamish knows that if there are probing fingers of little ones he can quickly head off to his cage or "bed" as we call it and he's safe.
Cages are excellent tools for training your dog; they soon learn that this is "their area" and that they can wander in and out of it as they please. Hamish is only ever locked in when we have to go out and at night when it's bedtime. He happily goes for a sleep after his afternoon walk in his cage, and in the evening when you can't find him in the house you will usually find him curled up snoring away in his bed.
One of the great features of these cages is that they come in a variety of sizes. There are cages to suit all dogs, from little Scotties and Spaniels up to Great Danes and Alsatians. If you are in any doubt there is information on a variety of websites to inform you of which cage is the best size for your breed of dog and if in doubt consult your vet. And believe me they do come in some huge sizes, ours is big enough to fit a grown man in, my partner being smart one day decided to climb in and see if he'd fit in.
Putting the cage together is relatively simple, lift the top of the cage and pull out the sides, clipping them onto the top and securing it. The great thing is that there are 2 doors on the cage, one on the side and one on the end. The cage is also easy to fold down and flatten if you should need to transport it.
Whilst these can be expensive to purchase, it's worth having a look on eBay or in your local pet shop. We got ours from a shop on eBay costing under £100 which we were very pleased with. But I would happily pay double that for the simple fact that we have a border collie. When he gets bored he can be destructive and I would hate to think of the destruction he could cause whilst we were out of the house merely because he was bored. It's in his nature and cannot be helped.
In summary, I think these cages are a godsend. They make training a dog less stressful, especially "toilet" training because the dog is loath to soil their bed. Some dogs may put up some resistance to the cage in the first instance, but persevere with it. It's worth the money because you will have a happy, secure and safe dog. This cage is their den, a place of safety to them and also somewhere to safely keep your dog should you need to leave the dog at home without having your furniture destroyed.
**INTRODUCTION** This is something I feel I want to write on as I know people will get the wrong end of the stick about this type of product. I recently bought a boxer dog, and I wanted her to have a safe home where she could go when I needed to go out and also for night time sleeps. Now when I first saw the cages for dogs I was like that is cruel until someone explained why they used it, then it didn?t seem so bad, so then I purchased one. **WHAT IS A HAGEN WIRE CAGE** The cage usually comes in a black metal frame although the frame is covered with black plastic, and a aluminum bottom, yes it does sound uncomfortable and no I would not sleep in there either. Which is why you make the cage your dogs little home, Missi as her bed in there and also all her toys and she is happy and content when I leave her there when needing to go out. This product is for your dog to keep them safe. Also helps in the training of your dog. Missi (my dog) only uses the cage when I need to go out which is not often, and also to sleep in at night. This product gets so many negative thoughts and reactions from people because they see it as cruel keeping your pet locked up. But yes it is cruel if you?re keeping your pet inside there all the time. Missi gives me no excuses to change the state she sleeps in; she does not go frantic when I put her in there because to tell the truth she is not in there long enough. Also this product would not have been made if it was so cruel otherwise it would have been taken off the market straight away. Before I bought this cage I was always worried when I went out to leave Missi in the house when I went out because of her getting hurt somehow, or making a mess, or chewing things up. Same goes for night times also, her being in this cage prevents all this and makes me feel better that she is ok when I leave her in the house. The cage does come in different sizes for your dog, and also states on the
box of what breed of dog it is for and what height its for also. I made sure I got the biggest one there was for Missi so gives her plenty of room. I don?t regret one bit in buying this product as it is useful. You can also use this product in the car, also too keep your pet safe when your out on a journey also trains your pet. **EASE OF USE** The assembly of the cage is straight forward. It comes kinda already set up, you just have to lift the top up, and bring out the sides then it is up with the clips on the top to make sure it is secure. You have 2 doors for your dog to get in and out of, 1 is on the front of the cage and the other is on the side, so depending how you have your cage positioned in your room. The cage is easy to fold down when ever you need to. **AVAILABILITY & PRICE** You can pick these cages up from any pet store from around £30-£100 depending where you shop and also what size of cage your looking for. I bought mine of ebay.co.uk at £50 which is half price to what I would of paid buying new from pet shop. **LAST WORDS** The pet cages prove to be very useful, Keeps your pet safe and sound when you leave him/her. And proves to help training of your pet also. I know I will probably get negative thoughts and comments on this review please be assured these cages are there to protect your pet. What I do when I leave Missi to go out, is I put her into her cage I tell her I wont be long and that I will be back soon, I give her a few treats in her cage while I am gone, and she has all her toys in there and her bedding. This keeps your dog happy while your out. If you gone for a while then a good idea to put water in her bed too. Thank you for reading