Dogs that Break Out of Crates
People whose dogs learn to break out of crates often purchase the more expensive aluminum dog crates. They do this thinking these crates are more secure and will solve their problem. To an extent this is true and it works because these dogs are not going to get out of the aluminum crates. But some dogs (that have gotten out of a number of crates in the past) they actually become so wound up and crazy in their attempt to get out of these crates that they hurt themselves. They get so worked up in the crate that they either cut their mouth or cut there feet from scratching until they bleed.
This is the reason that we do not replace dog crates for dogs that injure them selves trying to get out of the crate.
For many of these dogs the aluminum crate is only a small part of the solution. These dogs need remedial training along with a more secure crate. Many times if the owners will try the training before they buy the aluminum crate and the training solves the problem.
Here are some training options I recommend:
- Have the dog wear a muzzle in the crate – we sell wire basket muzzles that work for this.
- Sometimes not muzzling the dog and simply giving the dog a cows knuckle bone or some of the everlasting treats toys that we sells work.
- Give the dog more exercise. Tired dogs have way fewer behavioral problems
- Train this dog while you are home to be calm in the crate. Run him through a pack structure program. Our pack structure program deals with a dog learning to be calm and submissive in a dog crate.
- Dogs that have been allowed to develop into this problem may need to have remote collar training to inhibit this chewing and or digging in the crate. This can be low level stimulation training - you can read about it in the description for my Remote Collar Training DVD. This work is done when you are home with the dog. When he acts stupid in the crate he gets stimulated.
- Dogs can also wear no-bark collars in crates. The majority of dogs who bite and chew crates growl and whine when they do this. Our Tri-Tronic bark collars are the best on the market. They work on vibration and not sound. SO, when the dog whines he is corrected. These collars can have the stimulation level adjusted. Bottom line is they stop dogs from barking on day one.
Often times people whose dogs injure themselves trying to break out of crates take their dog to the Vet and ask what to do. The Vets will prescribe pills to calm the dog. I am not a fan of this. Pills only cover up the problem they solve nothing.
If Vets do not give you the above information they are not a dog trainer. Bottom line is that 99.9% of Vets are either not dog trainers or very poor dog trainers. They offer less than accurate training advice and more often than not incorrect training advice. In my 45 years of breeding and training dogs I have met 3 or 4 Vets that I considered dog trainers.
More examples of this type of behavior: "Q&A on Separation Anxiety"