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Mwcbk Midwest Metals 24X18X19 Double Door I-Crate

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Crated Bolognese

Jun 14, 2010
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Good construction, design, and materials

Cons:None, though that divider can be tricky

The Bottom Line: We are pleased with the crate and the free video sent to us in record time by Midwest.


The photo of the cute shih tzu on the box front didn't sell us, but it sure didn't hurt. A new puppy would be moving in very soon making the purchase of a dog crate paramount. While studying the few available dog crates on the shelves of the well known chain pet superstore, we quickly determined that there were only two choices in the size we wanted for our soon to be adopted bolognese. We opted for the size small i Crate because of its size, its features, its materials, and mostly because it was cheaper than our other option. It also didn't hurt that the model number ended in double D. Later on I learned to my dismay that this crate model is priced even lower (shipping included) on Amazon. However, back then we didn't have the luxury of time to shop around.

The i Crate Model 15244DD

After lots of reading and plenty of discussions with other dog parents, we decided that a crate was a necessity, not an option. We'd had good success with crate training previously but those crates of the past were long gone.

Features:

Easily sets up and folds down to portable size
Satin black electro coat finish
Safe and secure slide bolt latches
Tough, easy to clean plastic pan
Includes panel divider
Includes snap on carrying handle - You'll be glad to have it.
Recommended for dogs such as chihuahua, pug, shih tzu.
24" by 18" by 19"
Made in China
"Cuts housebreaking time in half" To be determined
weighs approximately 16 pounds
The i Crate In Action

We (mainly me) like that the crate was easy to set up quickly with only a glance at the directions. I had some trouble figuring out the best set up for the divider, but once in place it's working very well. If the puppy has too much room in the crate, he will go to the bathroom in there because in young puppies control is limited. We give Gabby just enough room to fit comfortably with her blanket and a stuffed animal.

This crate has two doors making choice of placement flexible. However, using the divider negates use of one of the doors eliminating that design feature. For me changing the placement of the divider is a pain, and I only plan to do so when absolutely necessary.

The floor tray is well designed with its high lip to catch dirt and accidents. Mrs. Spudman figured out how to remove the tray after I assumed it was stationary. The tray cleans up nicely with a damp cloth and can easily be vacuumed.

In summary, we have no regrets purchasing this crate and like its design, looks, features, and construction. Visit the MidWest Homes for Pets site and download an entertaining crate training video for free. I requested that the DVD version of video be mailed to me and received it in two days. There's even an extra puppy training segment on the DVD that I hadn't expected. While on the MidWest site, do some exploratory clicking to discover and enjoy all kinds of puppy training information.


Note: While "assembling" the crate I snapped on the perfectly sized handle exactly in the middle of the crate's top. This placement ensures a perfectly balanced crate when it's empty. Add some toys,a metal divider, and a blanket to one end, however, and one has a slightly imbalanced crate. Not a big deal if one is careful or doesn't move the crate that often. Gabby's crate stays in the kitchen all day and is moved to our bedroom at night. She can't hold her bladder for eight hours so one of us takes her outside at 3 or 4 in the morning to go potty. She's just a baby.
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Second note, not the same as the first - I've read that it's probably not a good idea to name your dog Patti if you are going to say "Go Potty" a lot.


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