|08-17-2013 01:41 AM|
|llombardo||Mine has broken out of two different crates now, he is also from the shelter. The first one is a very old crate, but solid...not like anything you get now. He did the same thing as yours and pulled the door forward. Then I tried twist ties on the top part where he was able to pull down from. That lasted for a little while, until he figured out how to perfectly untie the twisty's...I found them both in one piece and him at the door. Finally I resorted to small locks. He did try eating those, but did not succeed. When I moved I got a second crate, this one you open by pulling the door up, well he got out of that within a couple days. Now I put a lock on the bottom so he can't pull it open, he did bend it pretty bad.He is very strong, he has managed to move the dog run outside that is 10X20...he took his teeth and pulled the bottom of it...I was watching him and amazed he had that strength..it took two of us to move it He doesn't want to be in a crate, but he can't be trusted out of it. Until he can be, he will be in there for his own safety. He isn't in it all day or night when I'm home. And if I'm gone for short periods he stays out. But he will go to the bathroom in the house in an heartbeat and I can only imagine what he would eat. Try the locks and see if they work.|
|08-17-2013 12:37 AM|
|freya's mom||Freya was like this when I got her at 7 months. I suspect her previous owners crated her a lot, since they gave her up due to her 'high activity' Why oh why would you get a GSD puppy if you don't have the time to train and exercise... but that's another story. She would just cry if I tried to crate her, in the end I gated her in the kitchen, more room. Freya now only complains (whines aka 'German opera' ) when I leave her on the weekend, she knows my work routine. I would just make sure your pup is very tired when you have to leave her alone. If she is part husky, I think they are known for escaping?? anyway, exercise doesn't just have to be physical, there are tons of games that provide mental stimulation, smart dogs will find something to do if they are not challenged.|
|08-17-2013 12:13 AM|
It sounds like she has separation anxiety. Buy Patricia McConnell's little booklet called, "I'll Be Home Soon." That gives you a step by step guide on counter-conditioning. Rafi was like this when I adopted him. It took me 7 weeks but I successfully counter-conditioned him.
Here's an article on it from the Whole Dog Journal: Canine Separation Anxiety - Whole Dog Journal Article
|08-16-2013 10:52 PM|
It seems that once she gets out she starts chewing things even though I've given her TONS of toys, bones, etc.
Today she chewed the chicken food bag (didn't eat any), garage door, and a couple other miscellaneous items in the garage. Nothing serious but I still worry if she managed to get out in the house what she could do or get into.
My whole house is babyproofed but I don't think it would stop her. She is so determined.
I do wonder if she has extreme anxiety issues which is why she needs to be near us.
Will she eventually get over that with time?
I've been reading what to do online but what I've tried so far doesn't seem to have worked. I must be doing something wrong.
|08-16-2013 10:49 PM|
|Mary Beth||I wouldn't crate her at all. I think in the past she could have been left in a crate too long and so that makes her anxious when she is left alone even if you just go in another room. I would try leaving her loose in the house. If you are concerned about any accidents, you could try leaving her in one room or the garage or if you have a fenced in backyard.|
|08-16-2013 10:34 PM|
HELP! New dog breaking out! Escape artist!
Hi all, haven't been on in a long time but things are well.
I recently adopted a new dog from a shelter. They had no info on her as she was a stray. All I know is she is spayed and is about 2 years old.
She looks mostly like a white german shepherd but occasionally I wonder if she is part Husky. I can't be certain.
Either way - her behavior puzzles me as I have never dealt with anything like this before.
She is fine in a crate - as long as we are in the room.
However, if we are upstairs and she is downstairs in the crate she gets quite anxious. If we come back into the room she's fine again. She will yelp, whine, paw and try to get out of the crate.
This afternoon was the big surprise. Since one time she really shook the crate trying to get out when we went shopping this afternoon I put her in a crate in the garage with some toys and bones. She has been in the garage before and was just fine when she was loose and with us.
Well, since she wound up alone in the garage and we weren't there she started whining. I decided to leave her and go to the store since she had calmed down.
When I got back I go to the garage and, to my surprise, she had broken out of the crate!
We have a kennel that looks and latches a lot like this:
pet shuttle – large pet | Petmate
I am not sure right now of the brand but can look.
She bent the front door, the top and bottom latch and pulled the door inward to get out.
Does anyone have any advice on what to do?
Will that type of crate ever hold her if I have to go out?
Do I need to get a SUPER heavy duty crate to keep her in?
If it matters to anyone she obviously needs training in some other areas but they're all quite minor - pulling while on lead is probably the biggest one. She hardly ever barks and, as I write this, she is lying in her crate inside totally relaxed - no whining or fussing.
I'm so confused...PLEASE HELP!