I swear, my dog is related to Houdini. Regardless of how I try to contain him in his pen/kennel or in the garage he always manages to escape. He is very determined and very smart. Now, before I get attacked with complaints from dog lovers telling me that dogs are people too and that I am evil for keeping him in a pen or garage, I must tell you: we have tried to have him in the house, he chewed expensive furniture and ate virtually everything he got his mouth on. We tried to crate train him for him to sleep in out room…he literally ate the hard plastic crate to escape. We tried to keep him outside, he dug out the yard and all the sprinklers. I run him 4 miles a day and take him to the dog park 3 days a week. I tried to have him stay in the garage…he actually knawed on the bumper of my car…so now we are trying a pen/kennel that provides him plenty of room. So please don’t write me and tell me how evil I am…I am still trying to work with him despite thousands of dollars in damage and quite frankly I do believe that dogs are dogs and people are people.
Ok, now having said that, as explained Charly is an absolute destruction force on 4 legs and is now being tried in a kennel that is approx 8 by 8. He has ripped the chain link down, climbed the 5 foot fence and crawled out of the top, he has literally lifted the pegs out of the cement and crawled under to escape. I mean this dog is determined. The only time he is in his kennel is during the night to sleep…but he doesn’t sleep…he spends all night struggling to find a way to escape. So I pose the question to all you good people…do you have any tips to help Charly not be so anxious about being left in his kennel? Like I said, he is not kept in there any other time other than when he is not being supervised, which is usually at night time. But I need to come up with solution since options are running out at this point.
He is a lab…approximately 8 months old…50-60 pounds. Problems didn’t actually start until about 2 months ago…coincidently right after he was neutured. Wife says he is mad about having his male parts taken away 🙂