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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Chewed her kennel

Any suggestions how to deal with my dog that chewed a hole in her hard plastic kennel while I was at work?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 08:02 PM
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how old is your dog? how long was she in her kennel?
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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She is 15 months and has never bothered the kennel before. I did just move to new house a week ago and wonder if that's it?
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how long was she in her kennel?
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 09:06 PM
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Sounds like a combination boredom and new environment could have caused it. I use the wire kennels to avoid the chewing up the kennel problem
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I wonder if where you have the kennel is warmer than in the previous location. Maybe their is a heater blowing on it now that heaters are coming on. Plastic kennels, airline kennels might hold a dog's body heat more than the wire crates. It is just a question.

She could be bored. She could feel some level of anxiety being in a different location.

I would probably get a wire crate or an x-pen and metal cover if she is likely to climb out of it.

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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 09:36 PM
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My last male tore apart 2 of the wire crates when he was several years old. If your pup can eat through a kennel, then the pup can probably destroy a wire crate as well. Better to give the pup something new to do when crated than cause more change.

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Maybe 8 hours is too long?
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 11:29 AM
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Jag, I'm curious - how sturdy were those metal crates? The reason I ask is that I'm shopping for an xl metal crate right now, and so far I'm not very happy with the quality I'm seeing in the pet stores. I know I don't need super-containment, but these flimsy ones look almost dangerous to me. I have a great one now, but it's ages old and too small - it's very well made and can't be torn apart. Either I'm looking in the wrong stores (lol, a pet store, for a dog, go figure!) or, "They don't make them like they used to" applies to crates as well.
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