Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Snohomish, WA
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The great ex-pen escape - what now??
Well, I came home from work this afternoon and guess who came running towards me wagging tail and all.....???? The 16 week old pupster that is supposed to be nicely contained in his expen condo!! He must have somehow used the bed to prop him up far enough to get out. The gate was locked and the pad was peed on, so he must have been in there most of the time....he might have heard the garage door and escaped right before I walked in, who knows.
My husband "engineered" this thing after we left him one time for a few hours and he had hooked his little teeth into the metal and pulled all the sides in until there not much room left (that was when he was about 5lbs....)
Argh....not sure what to do now....he absolutely HATES the crate (plastic) during the day. He sleeps in it just fine all night when I am right next to him, but if I ever try to stick him in there during the day he totally freaks out....like he has a massive attack of claustrophobia. And we even have the intermediate size for him, which is much bigger than he should need. The one time we left him in there to go out to dinner, he didn't potty in it for the 3 hours we were gone, but about three hours later peed EVERYWHERE and ended up with a bladder infection. I still don't know if it's related as the vet doesn't think so, but it sure made me nervous.
Anyway....I am thinking that I may try a larger wire crate and see how he deals with that since it's closer in looks to the expen (which he doesn't like much either, put tolerates) than the plastic crate.
The other option is to order the higher gate since that should fit the same dimension of the wood and vinyl base.
Because of the shape of the thing, I can't use a cover that can be purchased for the expens.
Has this happened to any of you guys? If yes, how do you deal with it??
It scares me to think of all the trouble he could get into if he gets out shortly after me leaving....