As a COE breeder of AKC Rottweilers I was skeptical of the durability of this product. My Rotties have eaten chain link fences, broken a Flexi-Leash rated for a 150# dog and broken chains rated for 800 pounds working strength (we had to have them on chains while the chain link fence was being repaired). We bough two of these and had them shipped to store. BRING A TRUCK with a trailer to pick them up. Store Associates were kind enough to assist in loading. Assembly took about 3 hours with two people. Package was secure, with no damage or scratches. Assembly was straight forward without instructions except for the latches. The latch hardware is placed on the frame side while the latch itself engages the door. It’s easy to install upside down, so remember that the latch but be slipped up and then over to unlock the door. I would HIGHLY recommend a safety chain over the latch as a precaution for the dogs and insurance issues. I also noticed that the bolts are easily broken when using an air ratchet to tighten the nuts. However, standard chain link fence hardware bolts I had left over worked fine. Round head with the square protrusion by the threads. Make sure the nuts are tightened from the OUTSIDE of the kennel so there’s no chance of your dog getting injured by the protruding hardware. The Rotties (two of them) love it. We set it up as a 30’ x 10’ and then covered the top with a 30’ x 50’ tarp from Lowes held in place with bungee cords. It’s large enough to cover the top and overlap the sides some to protect from the elements. One word of caution…unless you plan on pouring a concrete pad like we did, you must have the inside of the kennel area flat. The dogs love the freedom and we enjoy the security the kennel provides are beloved Rottweilers Zuwachs & Raven! Highly recommend this product, especially when Tractor Supply had the same exact make and model number for $549.99 on their website! We will probably buy two more in the near future.
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