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Our most versatile deluxe dog den featuring THREE doors!
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Overview
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Multi-point locking system eliminates door-gap "danger zones"
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Divider panels customize the perfect pet den size
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Wire dog cage sets up fast, folds away flat!

Give your dog a private den to feel safe and secure during housetraining and travel. Elite Classic 3 Door in handsome Copper Hammertone finish allows easy access from any position - front, side and top! Quiet Link™ fasteners reduce cage rattle during travel. PLUS, included divider panel allows you to adjust the size of the crate as your puppy grows.

Our pet crates feature the safest doors on the market and super-easy setup. Multi-point locking system eliminates any gaps around doors to reduce risk to persistent muzzles and paws. All arrive assembled and ready to set up! Free training guide included. Six sizes let you easily find the perfect fit for your needs and budget. Leak-proof, EZ-clean polypropylene tray included. Crate pad sold separately.

Specifications

Gauge
Spacing
Doors
6
1" - 1.5"
3

Which size crate is right for me?

Dimensions
For breeds up to
Small, 24" x 18" x 20" high
25 lbs
Medium, 30" x 19" x 22" high
40 lbs
Large, 42" x 28" x 31" high
90 lbs
XLarge, 48" x 30" x 32" high
110 lbs

For replacement polypropylene pans and floor grids, shop all dog crate accessories.

Please click on "More Information" for setup instructions.

More Info
For safety, remove all collars and leashes before allowing pet to enter crate or pen.

Step 1
Unhook latch on the side of the crate. Place the crate on the ground with the pan on the bottom. Lift the top panel upwards to open.

Step 2
Pull the top part of the crate upwards to form a square shape to create the top and sides.

Step 3
Reach into the crate and pull the back panel forward until its sides rest within security hooks. Repeat for front panel. Press roof down while pulling back panel out and over the top border wire. Hooks should nest securely over the top border wire. Repeat for the front door panel.

Step 4
To remove pan, pull pan guard underneath the bottom wire. To secure the pan, lift the pan guard upwards and under the bottom border wire. This will keep the pan from sliding out.

Divider Panel Instructions

Step 1
Insert Divider Panel into crate with side hooks facing downward.

Step 2
Open Divider Panel and attach side hooks to a vertical wire on each side of the crate. You will need to attach one side at a time.

Be sure the Divider Panel is straight, and that you have allowed enough room for your dog to go into the crate, turn around, and lay down.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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WHERE should the cage be located?
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Dogs are social animals, so they like to be around the people in your home. Whenever possible, place the crate in a location where your family spends a great deal of time. Do not isolate the cage in a furnace room, laundry room, or any other room in which you don't spend a lot of time. If your dog already has a favorite spot in your home, start by placing the cage there. You can always move it if needed.


WHEN should your dog be placed in the cage?
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The number one rule with a cage is that your dog should never be placed inside of it as a punishment! Always have a separate place (e.g., bathroom) for "time outs."

The ideal time to use the cage is after your dog has had play and exercise, time to eliminate, and is calm and fed. For puppies, choose a time when the pup is ready to nap. This helps establish early on that the cage is a relaxing refuge. Your dog should be ready to sleep, relax, or chew quietly on a toy when placed in the cage. Nighttime is an ideal time to use the cage. During the day, we recommend your pet spend no more than 5 hours in the crate. Make sure to crate your dog both when you're at home and when you need to step out. That way, crating your pet doesn't always mean you are leaving.

A cage or crate is ideal for auto travel with your pet, also. Plan long trips only after your pet is fully accustomed to the cage, and be sure to schedule stops where you can allow your pet to get out on a leash and eliminate, exercise, and play.




HOW do I introduce the cage?
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When you first bring home the cage, let your dog explore it on his own. Toss in a few of your dog's favorite toys or treats, and always praise your dog if he goes inside. Leave the door open during the introduction period, and NEVER force your dog into the crate. Use a command phrase each time your dog goes into the cage, so that your dog will learn to go into the cage on command. Say the word "kennel", "go to your crate" or other short phrase (that you use consistently). Select one phrase and have everyone in family use this same phrase every time.

You could even feed your pet's meals in the cage, so your dog goes in willingly and associates the cage with good things. Outside of mealtime, continue to occasionally toss treats or dry food in the cage to entice your dog to go in. Again, this will reinforce your dog's view that the cage is a positive place.

Once your dog enters and exits the crate willingly, close the door for a few seconds or a minute. Remain close to the cage and praise your pet while he is inside. Then, let him out in a calm manner, without using words or making a big deal of it.

At first, start with short confinements (no more than 30 minutes) and gradually lengthen them over the course of several weeks. Keep your departures and arrivals low key. Let your dog have safe toys in the crate, and ignore your dog if he starts to whine, dig, or bark in the crate. Wait until these behaviors stop before releasing your pet.

If you absolutely need to remove your dog at a time when he is barking, etc., try to temporarily stop the behavior with a distracting noise (shake a can full of coins). The sound should not be one that causes fear or anxiety and it should be a remote sound (your dog should not see you making the sound). Once your dog is quiet for at least 10 seconds, go to the cage and release the dog.




What about puppies and cage use at night?
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It is acceptable to use the cage at night in your bedroom with puppies. Night time is usually a challenging time with new puppies, and they may whine or bark in the cage. As noted above, it is important to use a distracting noise to get your puppy to stop the behavior temporarily, and only release your puppy from the crate after the behavior has stopped. For puppies under 4 months, you may need to take out your pup to eliminate once during the night. Never leave your puppy alone in the crate longer than he can "hold it."


A wire cage or plastic crate provides a sense of security - a refuge where your dog can go whenever he needs to get away from the high activity level of your home or just wants some peace and quiet.
Dogs are instinctively den animals who prefer a space of their own. When used appropriately, cages are beneficial and calming - a great solution to giving your dog a private, quiet space.
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