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February 2011
Life Stages Single Door and iCrate?: A side-by-side comparison.

December 2010
Double Door iCrate vs. Life Stages?: This table is very useful for those that like to see the numbers.

November 2010
Need a replacement pan?: Follow these directions if you are not sure which one you need.
Championship Collection Replacement Pans: We have Replacement Pans for the Midwest Championship Series.
Can I Join Together Two Exercise Pens?: You can, and here is some more information about how to do it.
What About Heavy Duty Dog Crates?: They are available, but maybe you should look at the reasons before purchasing.


October 2009
Two Dogs in One Crate?: It can be done, but we do advise caution, and maybe you should consider a three door model.
Great Dane Dog Crates: Yes, we have crates available for your giant breed dog.
We Have Pans for the 89Z: The trick is to measure before you buy.

February 2009
Save Money with the Free Divider Panel: How does it prevent you from buying multiple crates?

January 2009
iCrate or Life Stages Dog Crate?: What is the difference between these two dog crate models?
Dog Crates Made in USA: Yes, really! These are extra sturdy folding crates made in Indiana.
You Have a Bunch of 48" Dog Crates!: So ... what's the difference?
Solutions 54" Ginormus Double Door Dog Crate: At last a giant dog crate with a side door!

December 2008
Canine Camper vs. Day Tripper: What is the difference between these two soft crates?
Announcing: Wireless, electric and underground dog fences and receiver collars by PetSafe and Innotek.
Midwest K9 Kennels: Chain Link Dog Kennels: Safe, secure outdoor containment.
Select 1300TD: The Crate With Removable Doors: Removable doors? What's that about?

November 2008
Price Increases: What's Changed?
Why Crate Train Your Dog?: It's humane and effective
Midwest iCrates: What is an iCrate?

October 2008
Product Updates: Canine Campers, Day Trippers, Vehicle Barriers.
Life Stages, DD and UL: The differences between the different Midwest Life Stages models.
Midwest Dog Crate Pans: About the ABS plastic pan in your crate.
Three Door Dog Crates: The most veratile of dog crates.

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October 2009

October 2009

THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 2009

Can I Put Two Dogs in One Crate?

This question gets asked a lot, and the specific question and answer is below. The short answer is that you can put two dogs in one crate, but with extreme caution, and we do not recommend it in most cases.

The question and answer is specific to that person's circumstance, but you can adapt it for your situation. If you have any questions, contact us.


I have two Shichon puppies, 14 and 18lbs, will a 36inch crate be big enough for them, they like to be together, or should I get a 42?


If you were buying a separate crate for dogs this size, we would recommend a 24 inch model which would be around 24"L x 18"W. A 36" Life Stages Double Door LS-1636DD crate is exactly twice this size at 36"L x 24"W, so there should be enough room for both dogs.

Whether you want to step up to a 42" crate really depends on your preference. For ease of use, the two door versions are normally better. The side door allows the dogs to enter the crate and turn to the left and right.

One note of caution when housing two dogs in the same crate: problems can sometimes occur - conflicts over resources such as food, water, or toys, or possibly over dominance. If you have any concerns about this (and we do advise caution) it may be worth getting a three door Select 1336TD,or Ultima Pro 736UP.

The advantage of the three door crate is this: if it becomes necessary to separate the dogs when crating them, the two end doors, combined with the divider panel allows you to split the crate into two. Otherwise, if you run into difficulties crating them together you would need to purchase two more crates.

Almost all of the crates feature Free Shipping (for some Western States, a small per-order surcharge will apply). Here are your options:

MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2009

Great Dane Dog Crates

Great Danes are great dogs and very popular. With sufficient daily exercise, they make surprisingly good indoor dogs, being relatively inactive when inside.

Obviously Great Dane owners have the same containment concerns as other pet owners, needing a safe secure place to keep their Dane contained when they are not around to supervise him/her.

The problem with these dogs, along with other giant bread dogs, is the size of them! Regular wire dog crates usually go up to 35" high, and many Great Danes stand 3ft or more. (for more information on the Great Dane breed, you can visit Great Danes at

Fortunately, we have a couple of models that are specifically designed for Great Danes and other Giant Breed Dogs that are usually 110lbs plus. There are two models available, and they are both 54" Long, and 45" High. The 1154U is 35" Wide, vs. 37" for the SL54DD.

NOTE: Clicking on either image will take you to the relevant product.

Great Dane Dog Crate Model 1154U Great Dane Dog Crate Model SL54DD

The 1154U Big Dog Crate is a drop pin crate suitable for Great Danes and other dogs 110lbs+.

Dimensions: 54"L x 35"W x 45"H

The SL54DD Crate is a two door drop pin crate suitable for Great Danes and other dogs 110lbs+.

Dimensions: 54"L x 37"W x 45"H

THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2009

Replacement Pans for the Midwest Model 89Z


We stock a full range of replacement pans (also called “trays”) for the older model crates. The Midwest Model 89Z is now discontinued, and was a very sturdy, galvanized finsh 48" drop pin crate.

The Model 5 Pan is designed to fit Midwest 48" drop pin crates. The Midwest Model 89Z was redesigned in the early nineties and this redesign increased the width of the crate.

Models prior top this date will not accept the Model 5 Pan since the crate is too narrow. You should measure the width of the existing pan, and if it is 27" or less, then the Model 5 Pan will not fit. These older 89Z crates are approximately 27½" wide.


Midwest MW5PAN for Extra Large 48" Drop Pin Crates

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