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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-20-2008, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Escape artist!!!

Second time I've come home to find that Scooter has escaped from his "puppy jail"! What do I do??? He was happily sitting on his pet mat on the couch waiting for me to greet him. We have a PetStages crate, he has only gotten out when we've been away from home, doesn't seem to try to get out at night when he's in our bedroom. The crate he's escaping from is in the laundry room.

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I don't have any ideas for you. When Bailey (Houdini) did it a few times I finally gabe up and stopped crating him when I left.

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Ann, What does this crate look like? got a link for it?

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Here's a link:

https://www.petedge.com/catalog/prod...riantId=120137

It's a ProSelect crate, maybe he's figured out how to open the door. I guess if I put him in there I'll have to close the laundry room door as well, or else put the gate up. I'm still stunned that he got out of there. The first time I thought I must not have latched the door but now I pull on it every time to be sure I closed it securely.

I already asked my DH to set up a webcam so we can peek in on him when we aren't here so I'm going to remind him of that when he returns from his trip. It's making me crazy but it's also kind of funny!

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It's a ProSelect crate, maybe he's figured out how to open the door.
Is the door open when you get home?? Can you safely lock the door and have the key somewhere very handy in case of emergency?

I have a parrot than can unlatch is cage and get out, so I have to use a padlock and leave the key right nearby.
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The door was open and he was in the family room, on the couch, on his nesting mat. He didn't have an accident in the house and peed a lot as soon as I took him out. I may have to do a lock on the door as I'm worried he could get hurt or something while we're gone.

BTW-he's rarely in the crate while we're gone and we only use the laundry room one then. He's in another crate, exact same kind, in our bedroom at night. Do you think he could be upset because it's in a different room? Maybe that's why he wants out. His favorite toys were in there along with a few tiny treats.

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I want to see the puppy cam!!!! I think you have a good boy there at his age to have no accidents!!! I guess a lock would work or even those hooks they use ex-pens. Is there a room you could leave him in other than a crate. A kitchen that could be shut off.




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I would try using the crate that is in your room, and if that's not safe without you, move the bedding from that crate into the one that is in the laundry room? Or put him in the crate in your room while you "pretend" to leave and see what happens?
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Good idea Amy, maybe I'll try that. If he got out in there I would die! Our upstairs is not puppy-proof so he's only allowed up there with us and under close watch! At least I could see if he gets out of there.

Missy-I'm really going to push for the puppy cam! He bought a Wii, told me about it AFTER, so I have some leverage here! Techies are great to have around but their toys are expensive! (He's the BEST husband-just like to vent about the cost of his stuff!)

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I know a lot of people who's dogs have figured out how to get out of their crates - an inexpensive snap lock bolt that opens on both ends can give you some extra security without making it too difficult to get them out quickly. Attach one side to the crate and the other to the door and you've got a nearly puppy escape proof crate.


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