You’ve crate trained your dog and yet he still manages to escape and tear up your entire house. You don’t want to get rid of him but you are at your wits end. It is enough to make you want to wash your hands of the entire dog owning thing. One dog owner finds out the hard way that crate training never stops.
My dog is crate trained and he manages to escape at night and when we are gone from the home and tears up the house. He has done this SEVERAL times…I am hoping that someone might have an idea of how I can train him NOT to do this. I love him dearly but I can’t keep dealing with these messes.
I can totally understand and appreciate your frustration in this situation. It is never nice to wake up to a house that has been damaged by your loving dog.
My first concern is the type of crate you are using. Generally, well-designed crates are almost impossible to escape. If you have a plastic crate, you will definitely want to invest in an all-metal crate with a plastic pull out bottom and double locking door. This is the best type of crate for Labrador Retrievers specifically because this particular dog breed is not only highly cleaver but also an avid chewer.
When you have a plastic crate, Labrador Retrievers can easily chew their way out of the crate or create an opening large enough for them to pull themselves through. The problem here is that you not only have a dog that has escaped but also those piece of plastic may be fatally ingested.
The most highly ranked dog crate, regardless of breed, is the Midwest Life Stages Dog Crate. Dog forums and dog owners alike love this crate because it is safe, functional, grows with the dog and is almost impossible to escape.
With your new crate, you will also want to begin crate training your pup again. Although he may be considered create trained in your house, his escapes show that he is not fully crate trained. For further information, please read this blog post on crate training your dog.
Between the new crate and consistent training, this problem should be easily resolved and there will be no reason to remove your beloved dog from your family. Just remember to stay persistent in your training and let your dog know the difference between good and bad behavior in your pack.