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Old 11-06-2012, 03:26 PM
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Help! Breaking out of crate and chewing.

I adopted my first dog about 4 months ago. She is a mutt (we think plott hound/Labrador mix), shes a year old now, and about 55 lbs.

She is a great dog, has been pretty easy to train basic commands (sit, down, stay), I can let her outside off leash and she doesnít run past my yard, she has lots of energy outside but is very calm and laid back indoors. No problems housebreaking her, and she sleeps through the night without a peep, really an ideal dog to adopt.

The only problem we have been having is crating her. We do not crate her for long periods of time. My girlfriend and I both work 9-10 hours a day, so during the week she goes to my gfís parents house every day. They have 4 older dogs that she hangs out with (she loves other dogs and is very good with them), and there is almost always someone home there (5 brothers and sisters plus her parents). Most of the time she is not crated there as someone is home to watch her, but she started to chew on stuff, so they started to crate her when there is no one home. She is maybe crated for 2 hours a day, maybe 4 hours max on a particular day. They put her in a normal wire crate, but she was able to bend the crate bars and squeeze her way out, and chew on stuff in the house. We got a more secure wire crate, and she was able to snap some of the crate wires and make her way out again. We have tried not crating her, but she chews on stuff she isnít supposed to, despite having 10 different toys to chew on. We tried to start crate training her at our house as well on the weekends, but she broke that crate too. Today, she chewed up an antique chair at my gfís parents house. I am worried she is wearing out her welcome there. I was looking at getting one of the heavy duty aluminum crates, but thought I would come here and ask for advice before I drop $400+.


Any suggestions? How do I get her to calm down when she is home alone? Is there a heavy duty crate that isnít as expensive?
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:42 PM
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Oh, and as far as exercise, I walk her a mile in the morning (before she goes to my gf's parents place), and I walk her a mile when I get home from work, and then a shorter walk at night. Indoors, she pretty much lays around/sleeps most of the time. Other than when she is home alone chewing on stuff
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:36 PM
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No wire or aluminum cage will keep a dog who wants out in. Airline safe kennels are harder for a dog to get out of. PetPorter is a sturdy brand. I have dogs bite and pull on the gates and they stay intact.

Make or buy a flirt pole (toy on a string). They are great for working of excess energy without killing you..
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No wire or aluminum cage will keep a dog who wants out in. Airline safe kennels are harder for a dog to get out of. PetPorter is a sturdy brand. I have dogs bite and pull on the gates and they stay intact.

Make or buy a flirt pole (toy on a string). They are great for working of excess energy without killing you..
Tell that to Rita, lol. She was a crate escaper and she figured out how to use her snout and her paws in sync to open the plastic crate gate. When I got another with a different latch she simply ate the plastic around the pins that hold the gate on and voila!

Thankfully, she stays in a metal crate just fine.

OP: If you don't want to or can't afford to buy that $400 crate then I suggest trying a proper chin spot in a secure yard or building an outdoor kennel with a top and a cement bottom to see how that works out.
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Wow Mjjean I have seen a ton of dogs get out of the wire. Maybe she feels better in the open kennel then the closed ones.. Do not close me in mom...
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Our hunting lab, Deuce, broke two kennels (one door, one straight through the top) before we got him this Ruff Tough Kennels Intermediate Dog Crate. He broke through the original door, which the company replaced. They also sent metal bars to strengthen the door. So far, no matter how much he wanted that duck, he hasn't been able to get through the door or the sides. He isn't crated for hours at a time, but kongs keep him busy when we need him to focus on something else.
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Our hunting lab, Deuce, broke two kennels (one door, one straight through the top) before we got him this Ruff Tough Kennels Intermediate Dog Crate. He broke through the original door, which the company replaced. They also sent metal bars to strengthen the door. So far, no matter how much he wanted that duck, he hasn't been able to get through the door or the sides. He isn't crated for hours at a time, but kongs keep him busy when we need him to focus on something else.
I think this is what we are looking for. It isnít 100% of the time she breaks out of her crate. There are plenty of times where she is fine in the crate, just a few times that she has broken out. We havnt been able to figure out what we did differently that made her less calm then other times. I think this type of crate would work for her though. Thanks a lot!
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Wow Mjjean I have seen a ton of dogs get out of the wire. Maybe she feels better in the open kennel then the closed ones.. Do not close me in mom...
Her crate escape skills actually cemented my husbands decision to keep her, lol. He thinks it's proof of intelligence and he hates a stupid dog.

When my brother gave her to me instead of taking her to a shelter my husband said she could come on a trial basis and if it didn't work out we would foster her til we found her a permanent home.

I borrowed the plastic crate from a friend who no longer needed it until I could buy a wire one to match the other crates. Rita escaped within 20 minutes of being put in. I gave it back to my friend and bought another one used from a yard sale the same day.

For about 30 minutes she tried to open that one and couldn't. So she tried a new tactic and ate the plastic holes the metal gate pins sit in to pop the door off and escaped to go lay by my husbands feet he decided she was smart enough and we could keep her! Plastic crate FAIL! Dog gets a home WIN!

She has been just fine in the wire crate for 3 years now. Maybe it is because she feels less closed in. Or maybe she was just auditioning for a home by proving her smarts and feels no need to try now that we've kept her, lol.
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What size would you guys recommend for the rough and tough crate?
Ruff Tough Kennels Intermediate Dog Crate.

The intermediate seems like it would have enough room for her. The large is more roomy though. As I would not be using this crate to transport her, I would only be using it to crate her at home for a few hours, should I get the roomier crate (large)?
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Is she fully potty trained? If she's fully trained, I'd get the roomier one. If shes not trained and likely to go potty in the crate I'd go for just big enough to stand up, turn around, and lay down so she won't set up a spot in the crate to potty and a spot to sleep.
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