“ Brand: Pet Planet / Type: Dog Cage „
I've never been too keen on cages for dogs but when we got our puppy she kept wanting to play endlessly and then she'd tire herself too much. It's a bit like the child who wants to keep playing and doesn't want to go to bed. Our older dog egged her on all the time but of course she doesn't know how important it is for puppies to get their sleep. They grow while they sleep and their little limbs really need a chance to rest and not get overworked or strained. We were struggling to calm Jilly down.
We decided to try the Petplanet budget cage and I was delighted when it arrived.
The cage is quite sturdy and easy to put up. It has two doors and it's plenty big enough for our puppy. It also has a plastic tray at the bottom so that any little wee wees or spilled water doesn't go right through to the floor. One thing I found about the cage was that the handle was in a peculiar place and completely offset on the top of the cage. Maybe they got mine wrong but you couldn't carry it by the handle either set up or closed up for storage. It doesn't bother me but if you were hoping to carry it by the handle it might be a nuisance.
We tried it out the first evening that Jilly showed signs of overtiring herself and it worked like magic. Once she was in the cage she quietened down a lot and fell asleep almost straight away. She was really ready for sleep and had been trying to force herself to stay awake. Our older dog quietened down once Jilly had stopped bouncing around and peace was restored. I found there was no need to leave Jilly in the cage for long. Once she'd calmed down and sleep was taking over I opened the door so that she could come out if she wanted. Since then we've used the cage most evenings and we've found that just 15 to 20 minutes is plenty long enough to calm Jilly down sufficiently for me to open the door. Most of the time she comes out and flops down in her bed ready for a good sleep.
I would certainly recommend a dog cage as a calming tool for dogs that find it hard to wind down but don't overuse the cage. It isn't there to incarcerate a dog or a puppy in order to keep it quiet for hours on end.
Some people find that their dogs enjoy having their own little quiet space to retire to, especially if there are other, more boisterous dogs in the house. For these dogs a cage is ideal. It can help to put a blanket over the cage if your dog wants his own space.
Puppies may also need a cage in the car, especially if they're in a space where they can escape if the car door is opened. If they're travelling with bigger dogs a cage gives them some protection within the car so that the bigger dog won't fall against them and hurt them.
All things considered I'd recommend this dog cage. It's very good value for money and comes in a range of sizes.
Let me first say I do not endorse cages for dogs to be kept in all of the time but they do have their uses at times. We have recently had a new puppy in the family and we also have another dog. We got the cage for puppy training him and it has worked perfectly. Puppies make mess everywhere so using training pads and some nice comfy sheets and toys you can make the cage extremely comfortable for them to spend the night in.
This cage is marketed as being small the one we have and it is the perfect size for a small dog puppy. We get his basket, a puppy training pad, toys and his water in the cage so it has plenty of space. I believe you can buy them in different sizes. Ours cost around £20 but you can get extra small around £15 and then medium at £30.
There are two doors and they both open sideways as the picture on here looks like they fold down. The doors have a couple of bolts on each that you slide to lock and push down just to make sure the dog can't escape. They are black bars and it does not look as imposing as you might imagine. The floor is dipped below the bars slightly so if the dog knocks the water over or something then it will not go over your floor.
We use the cage to put our puppy in when he goes for a nap as its away from everybody and he loves it. Also we use it at the moment for night times as the last thing you want is a puppy pooing everywhere and. Hewing all of our things. I also know people who use them for transportation for dogs but we have never used it for that purpose.
It is extremely light weight even with the dog in so even me with my arthritis can pick it up fine. It is square-ish so fits quite neatly into rooms which is nice.
Our pupp Bertie seems to love it and he goes in there sometimes on his own accord. Always make sure you lock the doors afterwards though as my eighteen month old daughter has climbed in there a few times which was not good as she is slightly harder to get out of there.
In conclusion I think you can buy and spend a lot more on cages but you really don't need to. This budget cage does everything you need it to and for a fraction of the price. It is perfect for what we need so I have been pretty pleased with it. It's sturdy, light and you can make it quite comfortable for the animal so what more would you need!
I do however look forward to the day when Bertie boy doesn't need it anymore!
I hate the word cage for an animal and I never thought I would own one for a pet of mine. But last year we got a rescue Staffie cross dog called Banjo and we found the need to purchase one. I hoped it would only be temporary but it has now become Banjo's bed which he loves and a safe way for him to travel in the car on long journeys.
As we originally wanted a temporary cage we didn't want to spend too much and looking around we found they can be a little pricey. We came across a website called Petplanet which had a range of cages on offer. It turned out the cage we wanted was out of stock and we needed one so we ended up taking a risk on the budget cage. It has turned out to be a very good risk. We ordered the cage a few days before we were to collect Banjo as the re-homing centre had told us he had been living on the streets for a while and may be a little difficult to begin with, in a house. I didn't fancy leaving him any period of time alone to chew the house up!
The budget cage is a strong wire cage with a plastic tray that can be removed. It has two doors to it, front and side. Both doors have two bolt latches on them. We also chose this cage because it can be folded for travelling or we hoped to eventually store away in the shed. It also has a black carry handle on the top of the cage which I find handy when carrying it out to the car.
On arrival we were slightly disappointed to see the plastic tray was cracked in one corner and a piece had broken in the other corner. We immediately contacted Petplanet and explained our situation. They were extremely helpful and sent us a replacement tray the next day. Now that is service for you! Other than the tray I found the cage extremely simple to put up. My first impressions of the cage were I got what I paid for, it did feel a little flimsy but I guess time would tell.
The budget cage is available on the Petplanet website in six different sizes. Of course as you would expect the price increasing with the size of the cage. They start with an extra small which is approximately 48 x 31 x 38cm high and costs £11.99 to the giant which is approximately 123cm x 79cm x 84cm high and costs £64.99. We did measure the sizes out in the house and opted for the medium size cage hoping our Staffie cross would be comfortable in it. The medium measures approximately 79cm x 48cm x 58cm high. Lucky for us it is a perfect size for Banjo giving him plenty of room. And it only cost £22.99 which made us even happier!
When Banjo arrived at our house he was everywhere and it took him a day or two to find his place. Having the cage was a god send when I went on the school run and bedtime. Within a few days he was very happy to use his cage as his bed and we found he would just wonder off into it on his own accord. As it is the budget cage it doesn't come with a bed we found a large pile of towels was what he loves and they are easy enough to pop in the washer, something he isn't too keen on though! My initial worries of the cage been flimsy have been pushed aside. Banjo is not the most careful dog in the world and loves to chew his Nylabone in his cage but the cage still stands in perfect condition. I was a little worried about the strength of the tray as the first one had broken in transit but it is fine.
We have had the cage in the back of our car (a Volvo V50) and it fitted perfectly. We don't tend to use it on short journeys we clip him in but on long journeys like the 270 miles to my sisters we put him in it. He seems to travel better as he feels comfortable in his bed. I found moving it from the house to the car easy enough with the carry handle. Where it was positioned at my sisters we finally got to use the side door which is as easy to use as the main on. I like the fact it has two bolt latches on each door and they are simple enough to open and close.
As for the cage being able to be folded up and down I haven't used this feature as much as I thought, in fact I probably have only done it twice since buying it. It is very simple to do and folds quite flat making it easy enough to store.
I would highly recommend the Petplanet budget cage it is a lot better than I thought it would be it is certainly value for money. Banjo loves it and it is now called bed I don't have the heart to get rid of it.
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