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    We only crate Belle at night or when we leave the house. She's crate trained and seems content in it. We left for church this morning and my husband put her up. We were gone for about 3 hours and I left her with a new chew to keep her busy. As we walked back into the house this afternoon, I heard the jingle of her collar . Sure enough, she came waddling down the stairs to greet us. We have NO idea how she got out of her crate. Fortunately she didn't bother anything. She did leave a small poop present in our bedroom floor but that was minor compared to what could have happened. How the heck did she get out?! The crate has two doors and both were latched. How can I keep her from escaping in the future?
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    You can get clips, like on the leash, or the kind they call "lobster claw" clips, and clip the doors with them. -clips-jpg-clips2-jpg
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    I have no advice for the escaping... But be careful leaving chews unsupervised if your girl is a swallower like my frank. I learned that lesson the hard way! Scared me to death when I walked in and he was choking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by madie4589 View Post
    I have no advice for the escaping... But be careful leaving chews unsupervised if your girl is a swallower like my frank. I learned that lesson the hard way! Scared me to death when I walked in and he was choking.
    I agree about the chews! No rawhide chews allowed-they are very dangerous.
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    Thanks, I'll look into getting a way to lock it.

    I don't feed rawhide at all...I hate it. This was a very large Elk antler...no possible way she could chew it up or swallow it. Trust me, I've assisted with enough obstruction surgeries that I'm very paranoid about what she gets.
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    i used to work at a dog daycare.... how some of them get out of crates is beyond amazing!
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    @2BullyMama "you've got to believe in magic..........."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manydogs View Post
    @2BullyMama "you've got to believe in magic..........."
    Some of them had the magic in them... telling you, we would go to the crate and the door was still latched at both ends... just shake our heads
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    Some of them had the magic in them... telling you, we would go to the crate and the door was still latched at both ends... just shake our heads

    Hahaha! The dogs got out and the crates were latched (with them out)? That's insanity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali Doll View Post
    Hahaha! The dogs got out and the crates were latched (with them out)? That's insanity.
    yes, they would be walking up the hallway from the back room and we'd leash them and take them back... the crate was still locked. We suspected they somehow squeezed their body to make the ends (gate/side) separate enough that they fit through -- the dogs that did it most were labs and GSD
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    I totally believe it! We are still scratching our heads trying to figure out how she got out. I'm just so thankful she didn't get into any trouble! From the drool marks on the couch it looks like she napped the whole time we were gone
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    Default Re: We have an escape artist!

    Some of the crate door latches are loose enough that if she rubbed up against it the right way it may just have popped open for her wandering pleasure.

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