MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010
I Need a Replacement Pan for my Midwest Crate, but How Do I Identify It?
Most likely this question is being asked because you are not sure which model crate you have. This is OK, since we should be able to identify the correct pan from finding out a few things about your crate.
The following information is required:
Crate Style: There are two basic types of crate style.
Folding Crates: These crates fold down without tools and without any disassembly. The panels are all joined together and the crate can be folded, but the panels can not be separated.
Drop Pin Crates: These crates do not fold down, but can be disassembled. They have long pins in the corner (called drop pins) that secure the panels together. In order to disassemble the crates, you must remove the pins and all the panels separate and come apart.
Outside Crate Dimensions: Obtain these measurements with your crate assembled and we need the outside measurements - imagine a box that fits over your crate.
Crate Length: This is the longest horizontal dimension.
Crate Width: This is the shorter of the horizontal measurements.
Crate Height: In a few cases, this is the only way to tell two different crates apart.
I Have the Information, What's Next?
Folding Crates: Select Pan by Folding Crate Size.
Drop Pin Crates: Select Pan by Drop Pin Crate Size.
MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010
Can I Get a Replacement Pan for my Midwest Championship Collection 500, 600, or 700 Series?
The Midwest Championship Collection were folding dog crates available in a range of finishes and sizes. There are three basic series that were available: 500 Series Gold Finish, the 600 Series Bright Zinc Finish, and the 700 Series Black Electro-Coat Finish. The crates were available in sizes for dogs 11 - 110 lbs.
The table below lists the Midwest Championship Collection Models, Dimensions and the Compatible Replacement Tray. Clicking on the pan link will take you to the correct product.
Click on the following link to see the range of pans available for the Midwest Championship Collection:
MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010
Can I Join Together More Than One Exercise Pen?
Midwest Exercise Pens are a great solution for containing your pet. They each have eight panels, each panel is 24" wide, making the panel sixteen (16) linear feet.
The panels are attached together using clips that function as hinges, allowing the panels to be folded back and forth into almost any shape you desire.
Eight Panels - Open Ended
The pen is open ended, which means that you can stretch it out for the full sixteen (16) feet. This makes the pen very flexible because you can deploy it into a number of shapes, and it allows you to clip two pens together.
How Do the Pens Attach Together?
Each of the Exercise Pens comes with four (4) slide clips that allow you to close the pen. Using these clips, you simply clip together as many pens as you need.
Three Styles, Five Sizes
Midwest Pens are available in three styles: Gold Zinc with Door, Black Electro Coat With Door, and Black Electro Coat Without Door. Each pen has eight 24"W panels and the pens vary in height by model from 24"H to 48"H.
MONDAY, NOV. 08, 2010
Heavy Duty Dog Crates
This is a subject that comes up a lot. In many cases, a requirement for a heavy duty crate is due to behavioral, or owner issues rather than a problem with the crate. Dogs that are well socialized, exercised, and not kept in the crate for too long will, in general, be better behaved.
You may want to consider these issues prior to purchasing a heavy duty crate. The crates we sell are fit for purpose, but they are not indestructible and are intended to supplement a good crate and dog training regimen rather than fix a particular behavior problem.
Reasons for Wanting a Heavy Duty Model
There are still many reasons for you consider a heavy duty crate. Some dogs can become alarmed by a knock at the door, a thunderclap, or from another unexpected stimulation. Rescue dogs can carry trauma and require special handling.
The heaviest duty crate we currently carry is the Midwest Ultima Pro Heavy Duty Triple Door Folding Dog Crate.
The Ultima Pro is manufactured from heavier gauge wire equivalent to some of the older Midwest drop pin crate models. In addition, the spacing on the wire is closer together than on most of the other crates. It also features three doors, removable without tools, a divider panel, black ABS plastic pan, a crate training DVD, and fold and carry convenience.
Heavier and Stronger
To compare the Ultima Pro against the most commonly sold product - the iCrate Folding Dog Crates - the Ultima Pro is (in general) 50% heavier and the wire spacing is approximately 30% closer together. Both of these measurements contribute to the overall strength of the crate along with the heavier wire gauge.
For Dogs 11 - 110lbs
As usual, the Ultima Pro is available in a number of different models from the 724UP for dogs 11 -25lbs to the 748UP for dogs 91 - 110lbs. To view the Midwest Ultima Pro product, and to purchase one, just click on the link below.