Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tallahassee, Fl
There are definitely people who are more experienced with this, but we did have some problems with Koda and his crate. They were pretty minor, but we had to change how we went about things. So here is some advice for now, since I know a lot of people are not on here today since it is easter.
1. Once a dog knows that he can get out of a crate, he will try that much harder to get out. So once you know he will try to escape, you need to make it Impossible for him to get out. Since his current crate is in pretty dismal shape (going by your description) I would get a new one. And you have 2 options here. Buy another affordable wire or plastic crate and hope reinforcements will work, or put out the cash for a very heavy gage crate for those prone to escaping.
A. If you go with another wire crate (what I have), make sure you reinforce it heavily. I have mine with plastic zip ties along every other rung in the wire crate along every edge. Along the door I also have clips, but have used zip-ties (just had to cut them off). In addition. You want to use 2 cargo straps (the ones that rachet) and wrap them around the crate as well (they would be placed about 1/3rd and then 2/3rds up the crate). If you go with a plastic crate, I know some people have used them with success but I don't remember how they reinforced it.
B. If you go with the new crate that is made for those prone to escape, then here are some ones that are recommended.
Dakota "Koda" GSD 02/20/2008
Chloe Calico 9/21/2007
"The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too"