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    I was wondering what the general consensus on using crates is.. my new staffy buddy is a major escape artist, he has broken quite a few things in the house, escaped a few times already, broken a fence etc all in order to try and find us..

    I'm scared of him hurting himself with trying to get out of the house.. we tried confining him to the lounge room but the door doesn't lock and he jumped and scratched until the handle opened!! (he's pretty strong!!)

    I was wondering if it would be a good idea to provide a crate with his favorite blankets and things in it while we are at work, either put it in the lounge room or the bedroom (his two favorite places). This way at least he is safe, and my house is safe.. until he can really learn to be on his own...

    Any suggestions would be more than welcome!!!

    PS. I have thought of the option of having a pet sitter and / or letting him stay with others while I am away but I really need him to become more dependent on his own, rather than just prolonging the process..

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    In your case I think a concreted run would be better than a crate - you're proposing to leave him in there a lot so a run with a shelter would be better

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    How did you go with the baby gate Natalie?

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    unfortunately that didn't work either! unless it was completely drilled into the wall, he will just knock it off!!!

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    just wanted to add that this is definately not a long term solution to the problem. He is out and about whenever we are home, he has access to everything and also has access to a leash free park where he gets to run around with other dogs til his heart is content.

    This crate method I think is the best for him at the moment until he gets used to our routine and being on his own for this period of time. He had run of the yard and the house yet he escaped twice, then we had him in the house only but he broke the back door and the bedroom door onto the balcony (!!!), then we confined him to the lounge room and he broke that door.. I think this would be the best way (surely?) to keep him calm and quiet for now.. and then we can slowly introduce him out again until he is happy around the house.

    Anyway, of course I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on the matter. This crate business seems to be mainly american at this point.. not much really on the australian internet sites..

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    Not sure Natalie, as it's a long time he'd have to spend in there, but maybe for now especially since you tried other things....I know that there's others here that know way more about the subject, so I'm sure they'll be happy to help. I used a bunny hutch with Lola when I first got her, but only at night for the first few weeks. She was happy to sleep in it, the hutch was in my bedroom so she could see me and I knew she was safe.

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    crate training is fine but you need a run IMO

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    we certainly have tried everything else!! (this is the last resort!)

    We have set up the crate in the lounge room which is his favorite place, it has his blankets and water in there, and he voluntarily went in there himself, laid down and had some snacks and then out again. It seems like he is very familiar with the cratge already (which makes this an easy start!). We will slowly wean him into this of course, we aren't just going to say 'buy buddy' and lock him up for the day straight away!!!

    And as I said, its only for short term until he can come to grips with the work days etc

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    OK thanks for the tip on the run, will look into it

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    It's good that he likes it...and yeah, good on you for having him in there gradually. Just one bit of advice. Once you leave him in there for longer make sure he can't knock his water over. I'm not sure if you can secure a dish to the wall of the crate - i'm thinking like you would in a bird cage, so it's off the floor. Hope that makes sense.

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