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For those using midwest dog crates...

Will the divider fit properly even with a dog bed in the crate? I was wondering if there was enough clearance from the floor pan to the bottom of the divider panel to place a bed that covers the entire floor area of the crate. Is this possible? or do I have to get a smaller bed to cover the area that I am using and get a bigger bed when the puppy is big enough to use the entire crate.

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I have a Midwest crate and I don't think they're meant to have full doggy beds in there. Retailers sell crate "liners" which are pretty thin that will fit below the divider. We have one of these liners from Petco but we never used it. We ended up just buying a small bed that would fit with the divider installed. Having said that, as Chester grew and the divider moved, we got a new bed. We're now on our 3rd bed while the old ones are in random rooms in the apartment for him to lay on.

That probably isn't the most cost-effective option, but I'll be the first to admit that constantly buying new "gear" for any of my hobbies (dog owning included) is a serious problem of mine

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Thanks for the info! Looks like I'll be keeping the bed i ordered in storage for a while and get a smaller bed. I still don't know how much space of the 24 x 18 crate i will initially be using so I'll wait till we get the puppy in before purchasing a smaller doggie bed.

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I slide the plastic tray that came with the crate and a cheap $3 Walmart standard pillow into a (cheap, again) kingsize pillowcase. The pillow is smushy enough (with some brute force) to use with the divider. The nice thing is that it is machine-washable.

It drives me nuts to spent $$ on a nice foam bed because usually only the cover is washable! The manufacturers must think that doggie smell or accidents aren't going to ooze through the cover to the NON-washable foam or cedar.

sorry.. pet peeve....

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We have had experience with a couple of Midwest iCrates (24" size) and two very different Havanese. Buffy, who was 9 or 10 months old when we found her at the local animal shelter, has always been gentle with her bedding and most stuffed toys.

Buster, on the other hand, is a very different story. We adopted him last July from a shelter at 5 1/2 months. He was part of a group of 37 dogs dumped in Yuba City, CA by their breeder. We used the divider but could not use a small bed because he chewed it up and may have swallowed some of the fabric and stuffing before I took it away.

He is still doing this at 1 year. I have been using an old towel on the plastic tray. He shreds towels, too, but I have plenty of old towels. I just caught him pulling the stuffing out of one of Bufy's beds in the living room, so he is now on a short leash at my feet as I am typing this. When Buffy gets tired of playing with him, he may start chewing on the leash.

My husband wants me to put chili oil or bitter apple on everything inappropriate that he is inclined to chew. I will probably try the bitter apple as this is getting old.

Starr, with Buffy and Buster playing at my feet
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Bitter apple does work. We discovered it when as a puppy, Nessie CHEWED the baseboard in the family room. Then she chewed parts of the railing on our deck! The bitter apple stopped her.

I have used it with Jack a couple of times. He was chewing the bells we hung to signal that he needed to go out.

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Good tip on the bitter apple... I'll hold off using just in case Bailey does not take to chewing... But from my observations at the breeder, I think he'll be one!
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That probably isn't the most cost-effective option, but I'll be the first to admit that constantly buying new "gear" for any of my hobbies (dog owning included) is a serious problem of mine

Have fun gearing up!
haha I have this problem too.
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I have a Midwest crate and I don't think they're meant to have full doggy beds in there. Retailers sell crate "liners" which are pretty thin that will fit below the divider. We have one of these liners from Petco but we never used it. We ended up just buying a small bed that would fit with the divider installed. Having said that, as Chester grew and the divider moved, we got a new bed. We're now on our 3rd bed while the old ones are in random rooms in the apartment for him to lay on.

That probably isn't the most cost-effective option, but I'll be the first to admit that constantly buying new "gear" for any of my hobbies (dog owning included) is a serious problem of mine

Have fun gearing up!
Ditto to this - we bought a big plush bed in anticipation of our pup but ended up returning it for a simple crate liner (also sold by MidWest) for crate training her. We were able to use the divider by folding the liner to the size of the "new" crate size and letting the excess hit the divider in the back (does that make sense?) but this didn't last long. By week 2, she was already needing the full size of the crate.

No one ever said owning a dog is cost-effective (I somehow end up buying something new for Mochi every time I'm out running errands) so you might as well embrace it!

Sandy & Mochi
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A piece of gear that gets good reviews too? Fuggetaboutit...
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