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Unforeseen problem: The puppy divider won't allow the major door to work.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 30, 2020
Hello 2020 - We have a doberman baby boy. And how. He was the largest of the litter and he's doubled in size in 4 weeks. Doubled. Seriously. And we are loving it. Moving on.
I knew this growth potential going into it, so I bought a hysterically large crate (the 48" beast).
- Despite its serious weight, it wasn't too difficult at all to set up. Dragging it into place took the most energy. Clearly for the smaller sizes, that won't be a problem due to the lighter weight. It unfolded beautifully and everything went into place like it should.
- The divider panel did technically fit inside.
- The engineering department was thinking here, because they realized that people might loose grip on the garage door as a dog is rushing out - potentially leading to injury if a person is surprised and lets the garage door fall prematurely, landing on the puppy. It's a heavy door and that isn't a small amount of weight to drop. These secure latches are a good safety choice.
- When the explicit purpose of buying such a large cage is with the intent of using it in all life stages with the divider, some information should be given that the big ticket item here (the ovation garage lift door) WON"T work because the divider will impede the rise and fall of the door. Buying the 48 inch size cage, meant that the swinging side door would have a very wide foot print. I thought the garage door scenario looked like it could conserve floor space. Unfortunately, I won't know for some time because I will be using the puppy panel to divide the crate into a smaller space until crate training is complete. Had I known that, I might have gone another way - or go with the ovation trainer that has the garage slide on the short side of the crate. Then I could have at least utilized the feature.
- Also, with the divider, and granted I should have realized this before I bought it, can't be put into place if the crate bed has a surrounding raised pillow. So don't expect to use the crate bed with raised sides - it'll block the divider panel.
- Weight. Granted, I have nearly the largest size crate. However, that becomes abundantly apparent when you try to lift the garage door side. You are lifting a lot of weight. It can be done, but it's more effort than you might be expecting.
- The safety latches are necessary, but they do catch every single time and that can get old when you are trying to get the door open quickly.
All in all, I think I would say that the ovation door is a great idea on paper, and probably works well at the smaller sizes - but if I had to do it all over again, I would have selected a different crate. I might even select the other ovation style, where the garage door is on the narrow side instead of the long. At this size and orientation, it is heavy, bulky, persnickety with the crate bed, and makes the puppy divider panel obsolete or the puppy divider panel makes the door obsolete. It wasn't worth the increased expense here.