Dogs that Break Out of Crates
By Ed Frawley

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If your dog breaks out of crates often, you might be thinking about buying the more expensive aluminum dog crates. While aluminum dog crates are more secure and may solve the problem, it isn't the only alternative. Some other dogs might also get out of control and end up hurting themselves trying to get out. They may cut their mouth or hurt their feet.

For many of these dogs, the aluminum crate is just a small part of the solution. Dogs need training in order to stop trying to get out of their crates.

Here are some recommended training tips:

  1. Put a muzzle on the dog.
  2. If you don't have a muzzle, you can give them an everlasting treat toy or a cow's knuckle bone to keep them busy.
  3. Give the dog more exercise. Tired dogs have much less behavioral problems.
  4. Train the dog to be calm in the crate. Run him through a pack structure program.
  5. Remote collar training can be used to inhibit trying to chew or dig in the crate.
  6. No-bark collars are also helpful for crates.

You may ask a vet for advice on how to solve this problem. Many vets will prescribe pills to calm the dog but these will not help the situation. Any vet who recommends this is not a dog trainer. You need to learn how to fix this problem through training, not through pills.

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