“How do I keep my dog from escaping the crate?” Many dogs who are escape artists and constantly escaping their crate most likely have some form of separation anxiety. We want to share with you two tricks that could help keep your dog in his or her crate. There are a couple things you can do in order to keep your dog from escaping his or her crate.
The first thing to consider is the quality of the crate. Cheaper standard collapsible crates are widely available at major stores and popular based on their price point. If you have a wire crate, our first piece of advice is to zip-tie all of the sides of the crate. All four corners should each have two zip ties (one at the top and one at the bottom). However, wire crates can be dangerous, as dogs can get stuck in them trying to escape. We do not recommend wire crates for most dogs.
If your dog is still being a crate magician, then we recommend you upgrade to a more durable crate. This will contain your dog inside the crate while preventing any injury to your dog or harm to your property. There are plenty of brands now on the market who provide great, long lasting crates. We suggest using Google searches such as “military working dog crates” or “airport crates.” These types of crates are durable, sturdy, and indestructible crates which make it harder for your dog to escape.
These types crates can start around $300, but keep in mind you are purchasing a quality crate that ensures the safety of your dog. These types of crates can last YOU a lifetime, not the dog a lifetime. They are typically made of solid metal. However, if you continue using the cheap $60.00 crates that your dog has been escaping, he is likely causing damage in your house (if they have separation anxiety) or potentially himself, which can cost more than a good crate.
Finally, exercise is very important for all breeds of dogs. Exercise can drastically help with this issue as well as help maintain overall good health. Remember the saying, “A bored dog is a destructive dog” and “A tired dog is a calm dog.” So, try to ensure your dog is getting plenty of exercise and or mental stimulation whenever possible which can drastically help improve this, as well.