Ok, so, just recently moved with Beo to a new area (rented apartment no less) and need some help coming up with ways to keep him from escaping.
He's always had problems being in a crate. I've worked with him since he was a young thing, but the best I can do is get him comfortable in a crate without the door closed. I can't confine him in small spaces for long periods of time.
My grande solution (or so I thought) was to use a Midwest X-pen (4'x4') 31 inches high - he's been using that since he was less than a year old. So whatever, I put him in the X pen on the first day and went to class. He escaped. I came back to find him in my room, but no damage.
Second day I put the Midwest clips on in a more efficient manner and figured that would do the trick. No cigar. He escaped again into my room. No damage.
The third day I bought some heftier clips, and locked him in…again, no dice. He escaped, ripped up the carpet in my room near the door, tore up his expensive harness and leash, and relieved the trash of its burden.
Alright. Imagining myself a creative thinker I decide to go ALL OUT. I bought a tarp for underneath the x-pen, so he wouldn't be able to go under, bungee cords to hook the tarp to the sides of the crate, heavy duty clips, and two new "beds". Came home to find that he had torn up the tarp, and a small section of carpet in the pen (oh...duh) but had not managed to escape from the x-pen. Some level of success, right?
Hoping to end the carpet digging nonsense I went out and bought a 4' x 4' oak (yes, I went all out) "flooring" for the x-pen. The next day came home to find the tiny corners, where the pen stretched out, and where the board didn't cover the carpet, ripped to shreds.
Ended up buying a chain to put on the floor of the x-pen; to keep it from stretching...up until today. this solution/combo of items had been working. I thought I had won. Some days he ripped up his bedding, some days he didn't, but ultimately a success.
Today I came home to find him out of the x-pen (I'm guessing he got underneath somehow)....same two carpet spots ripped up, but otherwise he left the place undamaged (thank you merciful basenji god).
SO.. I went out and bought two more chains for the x-pen floor, two more double sided clips AND another 4' x 4' plank for the top of the pen to help weigh it down. But I'm at my wits end this time...I have no more cards up my sleeve and need some creative ideas if this doesn't work.
- I am not gone for more than 3-4 hours at a time.
- I always leave him with entertainment ideas.
- Tried rescue remedy
The biggest issue is that he seems to just HATE confinement; I thought it was separation anxiety at first, but I'm starting to understand that he just hates being locked up to the point where he will be in his x-pen chewing a toy and me closing the door makes him stop 'playing'. Yet, I don't trust him to just 'hang out' in my room what with the lure of the carpet. He loves the x-pen itself...he'll often wander in there to sleep at night....it's just the confinement part.
His desire to be free is fine and dandy...but I can't afford to take him to doggie day care everyday. He has to stay in that crate (where he's guaranteed to be safe), and in a way where he can't damage the carpet....gah.