The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb. 25, 2008

    Default German Shepard is an escape artist

    Any suggestions for a really sturdy indoor dog kennel? I have a 3 year old German Shepard who has recently become un-potty trained. We moved to a new apartment and he has since been having 'accidents' in the house regularly. So I'm thinking its back to being crated during the day at least for a few hours when no one is home. He has a plain wire kennel, one of the collapsible ones, but in the past he has managed to pry the door open or pop the entire front panel off and get out of it.

    This is close to the one I have now..
    Go Vols!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun. 11, 2007


    How about one of the "hard" sided kennels? Like this one:, though that may not be large enough. They do make large kennels for German Shepherds, my aunt and uncle have two big girls and each have their own kennel.

    Those hard kennels are a lot tougher to break out of then their wire counterparts. Good luck. Thank goodness my guy isn't an escape artist and can be contend in his soft, nylon crate with a zippered door.
    Proud owner of Gus & Gringo.
    See G2's blog

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov. 5, 2008
    North Georgia


    I'll have to ask my friend what kennel she purchased for a Houdini bully breed. He demolished wire crates, plastic crates, and an "impossible to destroy" metal kennel, but the one he's in now he hasn't been able to get out of.
    If wishes were horses then beggars would ride...
    DLA: Draft Lovers Anonymous
    Quote Originally Posted by talkofthetown View Post
    As in, the majikal butterfly-fahting gypsy vanners.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct. 27, 2010


    You need something like this. I don't have this model and can't vouch for it, but as the owner of a Husky, a notoriously hard to contain breed, (mine put a dinner plate sized hole in the front gate of his crate - I can't bend the wires back into place with my hands if that tells you how strong he is) I can tell you that a lot of people swear by them for dogs like you describe.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec. 29, 2001


    Did you start your crate training gradually -- and did you give him something interesting to do in there when you put him in it?

    Crate training works best when the crate is a *wonderful* place to be -- then they don't try to escape! I started both of mine in the crate in short intervals -- crate would be feeding place, or where they were given super spectacular treats (pig ears, etc). Leaving him in the crate with a stuffed frozen kong to work on while you were gone would be another option to keep his mind on other (less destructive!) things.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec. 31, 2000
    El Paso, TX


    Google "Crate Games".

    Use frozen peanut butter stuffed Kongs with him, so he has something to do in there.
    Eagerly awaiting Jan 20th, 2017. Drain the swamp.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep. 24, 2010
    Western NY


    He's probably unsettled from the move and has no "den." He may be having accidents to make the place smell like "him" or "home." If this happens when you're gone for the day, it's probably a separation anxiety thing. My family dog was wonderful for a few years, she was crate trained extensively. One day she decided she could not be contained and she randomly gets out of the wire crates and then pee's somewhere she's not allowed (Dad loved this...).

    Start with a crate and give him something that smells like your old home or you (t shirts are good). Work on small time increments of leaving him alone. I found a radio playing softly helped Zoe when I was gone for the day. That and also giving her a command whenever I left her alone, that included the bathroom, getting the mail, or all day. That way she never knew if I was going to be gone "forever" and freak out. If the dog always associates you turning off every light and jingling keys, for example, with you leaving for extended periods and does have sep. anxiety, he's going to go nuts within minutes of the door shutting.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec. 18, 2002
    Chesterton, IN US


    Is he going in the same place? When I moved to my new house, both dogs started peeing in the house. But it was in the same upstairs bedroom. Turns out they were marking their territory over urine stains from the previous owners pets. Once I pulled up the carpet and refinished the hardwood floors the peeing stopped.

    One of my shepherds was also an escape artist. I have a huge crage with 1 inch square metal bars with a special latch. It worked because the she couldn't get a grip on the very small holes to destroy it. It's very heavy and does not fold down. She did eventually learn to pop the primary latch and I had to add a secondary stall latch.

    She was properly crate trained as a puppy and had no trouble getting in her crate. But shepherds are smart and once they figure out that they can get out, well, why stay in if you don't have to. I had to use dead bolts on all my doors and velcro the refridgerator too!

Similar Threads

  1. I have an escape artist! Back to the crate?
    By HorsRdr477 in forum The Menagerie
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: Jun. 23, 2012, 11:26 PM
  2. Escape artist?
    By VAevent in forum The Menagerie
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: Apr. 1, 2012, 08:29 AM
  3. Itchy German Shepard.. what to do?
    By EquineLVR in forum The Menagerie
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: Nov. 13, 2011, 12:05 PM
  4. Stall front for large, destructive, escape artist
    By stillpoint in forum Horse Care
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: Jun. 5, 2010, 10:36 PM
  5. 1 yr. old German Shepard female needs new home
    By winsmorefarm in forum Giveaways
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: Feb. 19, 2009, 05:45 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts