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Before I brought Maggie home, I spent time researching the crate she would need.

There are so many different kinds of crates out there that come in all kinds of sizes.

I didn’t want her to use the crate in the wrong way.

It was supposed to be a place where she felt safe, where her toys could hang out while she played or napped.

The more I read about crates, the more I realized that puppies can often go to the bathroom in them.

This actually reverses any crate training they might have learned, which is where crate dividers come in.

Read on to learn how to use a dog crate divider and even make your own. You’ll never go back to looking at a crate the same way again.

The Purpose of Crate Dividers

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When your puppy is eight weeks old, they’ll be super tiny.

Even large breed dogs will start out smaller than you might expect, which is why crate dividers are so important.

Many dog owners, myself included, want to invest in a crate that their puppy can grow into.

That means skipping the small and maybe even the medium sized crates.

It’s a budgeting move that’s completely fine to make, as long as you use a crate divider when your dog comes home.

The divider will limit how much space your puppy has to walk around in their crate, preventing them from peeing in one corner and sleeping in another.

This is crucial to ensure proper crate training[1]. Dogs won’t want to go to the bathroom where they’re also lying down, so limiting the space of a large crate is the best thing you can do for your puppy.

How to Use Them

Standard crate dividers will come with the crate you buy, most of the time.

How to install crate divider inside dog kennel instructions directions

They’ll be made out of the same metal material as the walls of the crate, except it will be one stand-alone panel.

The panel will have hooks on three sides, leaving the fourth to line against the crate tray. Check for instructions that should come with your crate for specifics, but there’s a general way to install a crate divider.

After you’ve completely finished assembling the crate, slide the crate divider in through the doggy door.

Attach the hooks on both sides to the walls of the crate, right in the middle of the crate tray.

After the hooks are attached to the crate walls, there should be hooks on the top of the crate divider that will hook onto the top of the crate.

Once that’s completed, you should be able to jiggle the crate divider and even apply pressure without it slipping out of place.

How Long to Use Them

How long you should use your crate divider will depend on your puppy’s potty training and how big they become.

No dog should ever be left in a crate where they can’t sit, lay down, or move around comfortably.

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If you notice that your puppy seems stuck between their crate divider and the crate door, it may be time to adjust or remove it.

Crate dividers can be inched back in the crate as your dog grows, so faster growers who take longer to learn when and where to potty won’t accidentally go in the crate.

When it gets to the point that there’s little to no room behind the crate divider, it’s probably a safe bet that it can be removed.

Again, adjust the crate divider as needed if your puppy is still in the process of potty training.

If your dog learns to potty in the crate because the crate divider has been removed too quickly, they’ll learn to hate their crate.

Talk with your vet and get their advice if you have any questions or concerns.

How to Make Your Own Dog Crate Divider

Maybe you bought a crate that didn’t come with a divider, or got one as a hand-me-down and discovered the crate divider was thrown out long ago.

You don’t need to spend more money on an individual divider, which may be hard to find.

Instead, check out these easy steps for making a crate divider on your own.

Step 1: Get the Right MaterialRight materials to make dog crate divider plywood metal corrugated cardboard

There are two main materials you can use to make a crate divider: corrugated cardboard or plywood.

If your puppy is a big chewer, you’ll want to go with plywood for your crate divider.

It’ll be stronger and last longer if your puppy decides to gnaw around the edges.

Corrugated cardboard is also an option, if your dog isn’t interested in chewing.

Make sure not to use regular cardboard, which is flimsy and could break if your dog lays against it[2].

Step 2: Measure the Crate

Use a tape measure to determine where the halfway point of the crate is, or wherever you decide the divider should go.

Measure from one side to the other on the inside of the crate to get an accurate width measurement.

Then measure from the bottom of the crate to the top for the height.

Mark these measurements on the cardboard or plywood, so you have the basic outline of your crate divider.

Step 3: Cut the Divider’s Shape

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You should have a square or rectangle, depending on the crate’s shape.

Cut corrugated cardboard with box cutters or plywood with a table saw or hand saw.

It doesn’t have to be shaped perfectly but you should trim or sand any rough edges.

Make sure to not cut yourself or your nice antique table!

Step 4: Create the Holes

You’ll need to drill or punch holes into each corner of your crate divider so it can be attached to the crate walls.

Add more holes along the sides and top of the divider if you think it’ll need extra reinforcement.

Step 5: Secure the DividerHow to secure DIY homemade dog crate divider wrap wire cable ties

Slide the divider into the crate and attach it to the walls of the crate by using wire or cable ties[3].

Remember to cut off any extra ties or wiring that stick out after the divider has been secured.

That will keep your puppy safe from hurting themselves or chewing on what keeps the divider attached to the crate.

Check Up on the Crate Divider

Whether you get a crate with a divider or make one yourself, always remember to check up on it as your puppy grows.

It should be moved further back into the crate as your puppy grows, and even be completely removed once your puppy is big enough.

References

  1. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/4-ways-to-use-crate-training/
  2. http://inbound.betterpackages.com/blog/whats-the-difference-cardboard-vs.-corrugated-cartons
  3. https://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/using_cable_ties.htm
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EliteField 3-Door Collapsible Wire Dog Crate with Divider

By EliteField

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EliteField 3-Door Collapsible Wire Dog Crate with Divider, 24 inch

130511

EliteField

369

Dog/Crates, Pens & Gates/Crates

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S: 24-in L x 18-in W x 20-in H

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Description

Keep your pet safe and sound with EliteField 3-Door Folding Dog Crate with Divider! This sturdy metal dog kennel is the perfect traveling home for your furry friend. Three doors give your pet multiple ways to enter and exit their new home while also providing you with plenty of ways to interact with your pet. Made with solid and easy to clean steel, you can count on EliteField products to last. Plus, this cozy crate comes with an added divider, so your pup is free to grow into their new home! Use it to wean puppies from their mother or to help with housetraining.

Key Benefits
  • This easy to assemble playpen requires no tools and easily sets up and folds down within seconds.
  • Includes a free divider made with break-resistant ABS material to resist chewing, scratching and biting.
  • This crate is engineered with non-skid rubber feet to prevent it from scratching or scuffing up floors.
  • Features a removable pan/tray which can be taken out and cleaned easily when necessary.
  • The doors each feature two bolt latches with an added self-locking function for extra security.
What's Included

(1) Divider

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  • Item Number

    130511

  • Dimensions

    24 x 18 x 20 inches

  • Weight

    14.0 pounds

  • Restricted Availability

    CA

  • Breed Size

    Small Breeds

  • Features

    Collapsible, Divider Included, Removable Pan, Carry Handle, 3-Door

  • Material

    Coated Metal

  • Assembly Required

    Yes

  • Tools Included

    No Tools Required

  • Recommended Pet Weight

    Up to 25 pounds

Instructions

Clean pen routinely with a mild, non-toxic cleaner and water.

Size

How to select the best size crate:

  1. While your dog is standing, measure your dog from the tip of their nose to base of their tail.
  2. While your dog is sitting or standing, measure your dog from the top of their head to the floor.
  3. Add 4 inches to determine maximum measurements. Remember, your dog should be able to stand up and turn around while in their crate.

Tip: Before selecting a crate size, please measure the area where the crate will be kept to be sure it's a good fit for your home.

SizeLengthWidthHeight
Small24 inches18 inches20 inches
Medium30 inches21 inches23 inches
Med/L36 inches24 inches26 inches
Large42 inches28 inches30 inches
X-Large48 inches30 inches32 inches

Crate Measuring Guide

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MidWest Homes for Pets Divider Panel Fits Models

Style:Models 1524, 1524DD, 1924

This dog crate divider panel fits our Midwest Homes for Pets 24-inch long folding dog crates, specifically our iCrate 1524, 1524DD, & Ovation 1924. A divider panel saves you money by allowing you to adjust the size of your dog crate as your puppy grows and more importantly, allows you to properly potty train your puppy with a dog crate. Since we suggest that you purchase your dog crate for your dog’s adult size, you can use the divider panel to adjust the amount of living space in the dog crate as your puppy grows. If your crate is too big when your puppy is small, he may eliminate in one corner, then go to another corner to sleep. The divider panels are available to solve this problem and help your dog learn how to “hold” their bladder longer. Please note that the divider panels fit across the width of your dog crate and a tight fit is necessary to ensure safe installation. Always remove any dog collars, leashes, leads, harnesses & apparel from your dog when using your dog crate and divider panel. Our divider panels are designed to snuggly fit your dog crate so it is important you purchase the correct model for your model of dog crate. If you have any questions on what size / model you need our customer service department is glad to help you. MidWest customer service can be contacted at: 1-800-428-8560, available 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday - Friday. Each dog crate divider panel comes with our MidWest Quality Guarantee, 1-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty.

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