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Q: Crate Issues

March 15, 2008 | By CalvinsMom | 4 answers | Expired: 2314 days ago

Crate Issues

Calvin has busted out of his 2nd crate and we don't know what to do. We have been using the plastic-type crates but he keeps figuring out how to get through them. Yesterday, we bought a padlock for it and while he didn't bust out, he rubbed his muzzle raw and we don't want that to happen again. Does anyone have any ideas for a crate houdini?

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amy c.
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Mar 19, 2008

It sounds like your dog is having seperation issues. try putting him in there for five minutes (wait an hour) ten minutes (wait an hour) ext and so on. it sounds like your pooch is freaking out because he's afraid you wont come back... also maybe set up a video camera to watch what he is doing to get out ... it might be something silly.

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Theresa
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Mar 17, 2008

Calvin sounds like he is not happy at in the plastic crate. There is a lot of questions about the situation. Is he crated when people are home? Maybe he hears voices or commotion and wants out to be with people? How is he going into the crate, aggressive, no cares? Is his crate in a room that is closed off or in the open where he can see what is going on in his domain? Is there other animals in the house with free run while Calvin is crated? So many things can cause Calvin's reaction to this crate. Could you try a baby gate in the laundry room? Our Doberman preferred to be behind a baby gate rather than in a crate. She could have easily stepped over the gate but she never did. Our Skye terrier felt secure in a wire crate. That was his bed, at night time he would go off to bed and we would just shut the door, otherwise the door stayed open for him to come and go. It was a place he would go to for sleep or if there was a storm.
Please think of the answers to the questions and see if a wire crate or baby gate would be a better answer for Calvin.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mar 15, 2008

Well crates are needed at times in the home and its not cruel by no means unless left in it at all times. Crates are like dens to most dogs and a comfort zone. However, in some cases the plastic crates block too much view from the dog and they panic. They are expensive but the wire crates are great. More visability and there is two sliding mechanisms on most on top and bottom of door that lock the door in place. He would have to be really good to get these open. They come with a bottom tray that is easy cleaning.. get a roomy one for the dog to where he can have his food and water and blankets, toys etc.. Hope this suggestion helps.

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Theranddav
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Mar 15, 2008

Our German Shepherd has taken to eating these crates once we figured out how to keep him in. We finally broke down and bought a solid metal one like the police use in the back of their cruisers. How old is this dog? Was he ever crated before you got him? Is he destructive after he gets out? If you can give me more info on this I might be able to help you.

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