What can I do to make it so my pup can't escape from her crate while I'm gone?

asked 2021-10-30 15:04:47 -0600

So I have a husky/lab puppy (the breeder assumes a lab but wasn't 100% sure) and she is almost 11 months old so she is definitely still a puppy. I stay home most of the time since I am currently not working but I am going to school so I do have to leave to go to class three days out of the week. They aren't long classes, so she doesn't have to be crated up for very long, but if she is in there for longer than an hour, usually I'll come home to my house torn to shreds because she's maneuvered her way out of her crate. Sometimes she opens the door by unlatching it, and sometimes all she does is squeezes through the door without unlatching it! I'm sure she hurts herself in the process but luckily I haven't noticed any severe injuries or even any bleeding.

What can I do, though, to ensure that she can't get out of her crate? It's not so bad when it's nice outside because then I'll just keep her in the backyard with her leash on (our back fence is low and she can easily hop it, and she does whenever people walk by on the trail that's behind our house, but not if she's on the leash), but with how cold it's getting outside, I don't want to leave her out there since I don't have a dog house or anything for her to stay warm in. I've tried tying stuff around the wires of her crate to keep those parts from being able to open for her to squeeze out but she chews everything up, so I'm hoping someone can give me an idea of something I can use. I don't have the money right now to go buy a new crate due to recent family changes, so I have to work with what I've got unless I just need to purchase something small then that's fine.

Anything helps! Thank you in advance!

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answered 2021-10-30 19:46:35 -0600

Some dogs, ranging from small to large breed, are very accomplished escape artists. I’m guessing that you’ve already tried to put in something to occupy her time when your dog is in the crate, such as taking a meal putting it in a Kong (add water if dog is eating dry kibble) , freezing it, and then give it to her as a popsicle to work on while you’re away.

It sounds like you’ll need a really serious industrial-strength crate and your best chance of getting one cheaply/free might be looking for a used one that someone is willing to part with. You may find on craigslist or next door or local Facebook group called buy nothing. Good luck.

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