Designed around the safety, security and comfort of your dog.
Includes a removable, washable plastic pan for easy cleanup in the event of an accident. The plastic pan ultimately keeps any mess off your floor and serves as the perfect base on which to add a thin cushion or dog pillow for added comfort.
Sets up easily in seconds simply by “unfolding” the metal walls that fold into themselves without the need for tools. It’s the perfect configuration for easy carrying — should you wish to travel with this dog crate.
How To Choose The Right Size Dog Crate
- First, determine what your dog’s potential full-grown adult size will likely be.
- Then choose a crate that will be 4 inches taller than the top of your dog’s head (when full-grown) and 4 inches longer than your dog from nose to tail (when full-grown).
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How To Use The Divider Panel That’s Included
All Midwest dog crates include a divider panel that allows you to adjust the length of the living area inside the crate while your puppy grows into its adult size home.
The divider panel is important because if the crate is too big when your puppy is small, he may eliminate in one corner, then go to another corner to sleep. The divider panel solves this problem.
Simply purchase the size of crate that your dog will need when it reaches its full adult size. Then, over time, move the divider panel as your puppy grows in order to keep the living space small enough to reduce the chance of your dog eliminating in one end and sleeping in the other.
Single vs Double Door Dog Crates
- With a single door entry, you can easily place the dog crate up against any wall.
- With a double-door entry, you have one door on the front, and one door on the side — which may be convenient when housing, training, or transporting multiple dogs.
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Crate Training Do’s and Don’ts
- Let your dog get used to his new crate gradually by leaving the door open and letting him explore by going in and out of it on his own.
- Make sure that your dog’s crate is an enjoyable place for your dog to spend time, not a place he goes for punishment after having an accident in the house, for example.
- Provide soft, washable bedding inside the crate, so your dog’s space is comfortable and warm. Keep the inside of the crate clean at all times.
- Supervise your dog anytime he is outside of his crate and free to roam inside your home. Supervision is what allows you to direct behavior. Chewing, elimination, barking, and all other behaviors are all dependent on your immediate direction. If allowed to be unsupervised, your dog will begin to direct his own behavior and schedule.
- Leave a puppy in a dog crate all day long. At 6 weeks, a puppy can hold his bladder about 4 hours. By 8 weeks — 5 hours. By 12 weeks — 6 hours. By 5 or 6 months, a dog should be able to “hold it” for an 8-hour work day.
- Put “housebreaking pads” or newspaper in your dog’s crate. The goal with using a dog crate is to take advantage of the dog’s natural instinct NOT to go in his home.
- Let your new dog roam through your house unsupervised. Keep an eye on him so that when he sniffs and circles (an indication he is about to go) you can quickly and gently guide him to the door and outside.
- Force your dog into the crate. Plan on spending plenty of quality time with him the first few days to get him accustomed to his new surroundings.
- Punish your dog by putting (or forcing) him into the crate. Your dog’s crate should be his safe, personal place. It should not be associated with punishment, fear, or anything negative.