MidWest Homes for Pets Dog Crate | iCrate | Full Customer Review

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iCrate single-door dog crates by MidWest Homes for Pets are the Inclusive Home Training System designed completely around the safety, security, and comfort of your dog. Features include safe and secure slide-bolt latches, rounded corners, a durable satin-black Electro-Coat finish, and a removable, washable plastic pan for easy cleanup in the event of an accident.

The fold and carry design means iCrate sets up easily in seconds without the need for tools. iCrate easily folds down to a portable size for suitcase-style carrying and includes plastic carrying handles to move the folded crate from one location to another comfortably.

 

iCrate also comes with a free divider panel for use while your puppy is growing. Simply choose the size of crate that your dog will need when it reaches its full adult size. The divider panel will allow you to adjust the length of the living area while your puppy grows, keeping the living space small enough to reduce the chance of your puppy eliminating in one end and sleeping in the other.

iCrate single door dog crates carry a one-year limited warranty and support from MidWest’s award-winning customer service team.

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A crate provides a personal, den-like space for your dog to call his own, and it also helps with housebreaking, potty training, and reducing unwanted behaviors like chewing and barking. Choose a crate that will provide adequate space when your dog reaches its’ full, adult size, large enough to stand up without having to hunch and to lie down with legs outstretched.

However, don’t buy a crate that is too large — it won’t provide the feeling of safety and security that a dog enjoys in a properly-sized crate.

While your dog is a puppy, the crate may be too big, leading him to eliminate in one end then go to the other end to sleep; divider panels are designed to solve this problem!

Customer questions & answers

Question: Has the problem of sharp edges in the crate been corrected?

Answer: The problem has NOT been corrected. I bought mine last week (6/2017) and it has sharp wire pieces on it. Contacted the company and their response was ‘file them down with an industrial file’. Thanks for the advice and help. 🙁 


Question: What size would be big enough for a regular dachshund?
Answer: It depends what your purpose is in getting this crate. I have a 9 lb Pomeranian and he is crated during the day while I work, and I have one that is rather large for him 22″ wide by about 24″ tall. I keep this crate set up all the time. I have smaller crates for him also, but this size works well because it is sturdy enough. It was quick to set up using zip ties, so have a pack of zip ties on hand.

Question: Would the 36-inch crate be large enough for a boxer?
Answer: I use this size for my boxer, and it is more than big enough. He has plenty of room to stretch out and to stand up and turn around in it. My guy is not small for a boxer either.

Question: What are the dimensions?

Answer:
18″ Size: (18″L x 12″W x 14″H) – Weight: 8lbs
22″ Size: (22″L x 13″W x 16″H) – Weight: 9lbs
24″ Size: (24″L x 18″W x 19″H) – Weight: 14lbs
30″ Size: (30″L x 19″W x 21″H) – Weight: 18 lbs
36″ Size: (36″L x 23″W x 25″H) – Weight: 22 lbs
42″ Size: (42″L x 28″W x 30″H) – Weight: 32lbs
48″ Size: (48″L x 30″W x 33″H) – Weight: 40lbs

Question: Why is this cage so much cheaper then the other larger cages?

Answer: I don’t know why the cost is lower but the quality is good. We have the crate for our golden retriever and it works perfectly for our needs. It has two doors and has a false back so you can close off part of it while they are a puppy and make more room for them as they grow.

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22,677 Customer Reviews

Positive Reviews

JL1231

This crate is durable and easy to collapse/set-up. Installation was a breeze, and we can easily travel around with it. My puppy likes to gnaw on the metal bars(obviously I discourage it, but it’s bound to happen), and not a mark so far. Not to mention that the removable plastic tray is extremely useful for cleaning up any little puppy puddles!

The divider is what really makes these crates a great buy. We wanted to get a crate that our dog could move around in, so we actually got one that was two sizes too large – the “Intermediate” or 36-inch one. Our dog is a cockapoo that will be classified as “small” when he is fully grown, but obviously, he is very tiny at only 8 weeks! This is where the divider comes in… We were able to make the usable portion MUCH smaller which is perfect for our puppy to snuggle up in. As he grows and gets house-trained, we will be able to move the divider further and further and eventually remove it completely… No need to keep purchasing larger crates because this one grows with our little guy!

We actually got two of them! One of them (the larger one I previously mentioned) we actually have attached to an exercise pen to create a decent-sized area for our puppy to play and live in. He can go into the crate for naps, and then freely move around the exercise area — ideal for any time he has to be alone! The second crate we got so that he can sleep in our bedrooms at night. It is only a 22″ one so it’s easy to move around and put in the backseat of the car.


Tracie Taylor

I was hesitant about these crates because of the reviews, but I’m so glad I bought them. I got two of the 48″ and they’re perfect for my Great Danes. They have plenty of room to stand and stretch. Sometimes they both lay in the same kennel and still seem comfortable. I’ve had no problems with the wire scratching them, and the kennels are very sturdy. I’ve included a picture of my 20-year-old daughter and my 170 pound Great Dane sharing the kennel and there’s still a little room left!!


Catherine King

I bought this crate for my rescue when I learned his foster parents crated him and that’s where he liked to sleep. He’s a big dog – over 80 pounds when I adopted him – and this is the perfect size for him to both laydown and sit up in. It was easy to put a bed in the bottom and he slept in the crate for weeks until he became comfortable sleeping in his dog bed in the bedroom. He loves his crate though so he’s easy to please in that regard.

The crate is very sturdy. Recently I put him in the crate when maintenance people had to come in the house. He was startled by a worker walking by and lunged in fright. The crate moved a few inches with the force of it but the door held fine, no damage.

I did run into difficulty assembling the crate. One of the latches you have to undo to put the “wall” up was truly nearly impossible to unlatch. It was grueling but after about 15 minutes worth of painful attempts, I managed it. Hopefully, this was just a flaw in mine and no one else will have that problem.. or they’ll figure out how to undo the latch with a tool.


Tilapia Waters

This crate is absolutely perfect for my 70 lb. English Bulldog. He has plenty of room to move around and get comfy. It’s easy to set up and plenty durable.


Top critical review


  Amazon Customer

Our 11 week old German Shepard puppy was able to open the top latch and tried to get out of the top of this kennel. He was wedged in the cage so tightly that when he was found he was dead. We were gone for less than 30 minutes. Our children are devastated. We are devastated. This kennel was supposed to be a safe place for our puppy. I hope no other family has to experience a tragedy like this.

 


Amazon Customer

This is just like every other wire crate except for one thing and it’s the most important thing! On EVERY kennel I have purchased the sliding lock was shaped like a sideways “L”. You slide it over, then roll the bar down and the end of the “L” locks the “lock into place” holding the door closed. On this crate, it is a simple straight bar that you slide over. If your dog is the sort that will try to get out or starts barking and jumping at the door, (due to hearing someone outside), the latch can side open. Why modify a part that works to something that doesn’t work. How much money do you save by leaving a 1″ piece of the round bar off? And here we have it again folks, the price goes up, quality goes down.


Freerider
I bought the 42-inch version of this crate mainly for the price and the included divider, but also because the product description assured me that it had “rounded corners”. In other words, because I thought it would be safe for my lab puppy while allowing her to grow. Apparently “corners” only means corners. The ends of the crate’s wires are not rounded. Recently my puppy cut her nose while in the crate. After a thorough inspection of the crate, I figured out why. The hinges on the two doors are made by folding the door’s horizontal wires over the vertical wire at the crate’s door opening. The ends of these horizontal wires have not been rounded or filed down, and these sharp end-points are inside the crate and can easily cut a dog’s nose or paw — especially on the crate’s end door where the wires have only been folded over 180 degrees. In addition, a dog could catch her collar on one of these wires and choke (yes, I know, I know — the instructions say not to put a dog in the crate with her collar on. But how many people read or heed that?) I guess you get what you pay for, but Amazon really should stop selling this crate until the problem is fixed (or state CLEARLY in the product description that there are sharp edges inside the crate. In the meantime, I’m off to the pet store to find a SAFE crate. I don’t know whether it’s worth the hassle to try to return the one I have.

 Darren L.

I was excited to use this crate because it’s a downsize from the one a friend gave me, and I thought perhaps my pup needed a smaller space to feel more comfortable. On the contrary, she figured out how to unlatch the crate and open the door on the first day she’d used it–and it’s a very unpleasant feeling coming home to find your crated puppy running freely through the house. I set up a camera to record her and stepped out for a moment; not even four minutes later she had managed to escape again.

The latch has a fairly prominent “handle” that a dog can slip through the space between the bars. If the dog hits it with enough force, the latch will lift up enough to allow the door to swing open. Once she did this the first time, the crate became utterly useless and unusable.


 L. A. REED

I bought one of the double door 24″ MidWest crates here on Amazon because of the high ratings. What a mistake.

The package arrived and was easy to open. It was fairly easy to put together. That was where the positives abruptly ended.

This product was poorly manufactured and appears to have had ZERO quality control. The ends of every wire were sharp and dangerous to touch. There is no way I’d put a puppy or dog in this thing. What if the puppy tried to chew on the edge (as puppies sometimes do)? He would cut up his tongue and require medical care. The edges were that sharp. I wish I was kidding. I don’t know how or why this was even allowed to leave the MidWest factory.

Per the description on the main page: “Patented rounded corner clips greatly reduce possible sharp-points your dog’s crate for a safer experience for you & your dog”. What a load of lies that is. I would hate to think what a death trap this crate would be if it didn’t have the “patented rounded corner clips”. What a joke.

I didn’t expect much for the price, but I didn’t expect something that literally had razor sharp ends and finishes.

I’d recommend my fellow dog owners steer clear of MidWest crates because of this.


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