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New foster and a Thank You and a Question

I've posted a lot lately since we got our first foster and quickly found she was really struggling with other dogs, and particularly our dog. Well, after much debate, we ended up switching for a different foster - Skylar will be able to get the attention and training she needs, and we now have Patton. He's a yellow lab mix (sorry, no pictures yet), and is a little shy but very very sweet and doing great with Scout so far.

I just want to thank you all for your support and advice as we dealt with our first foster experience.  I'm so glad we stuck it out and didn't totally throw in the fostering towel after a not-so-great first try.

Now for my question: General Patton is quite the escape artist and gets out of the crate SO FAST it's crazy - got out last night and we didn't hear a sound till he made his appearance in the bedroom.  So far, he hasn't done any damage or anything, but I don't think we want to leave him out all day while we're at work, at least until we know him a little better!  So, tips for keeping him in the crate, please?

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Re: New foster and a Thank You and a Question

  • Oh, sorry guess that would help - he is somehow getting the latch thing on the bottom of the door open and squeezing out - he's pretty skinny. The door is now a little bent, but still shuts. 
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  • What kind of crate are you using?
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  • I should add, he doesn't seem to object to going IN the crate and sits there very calmly.  Wish I had a video camera...
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  • Can you use cable ties (or something similar) to secure the bottom of the crate?
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  • Maybe put the crate in your bedroom

     

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  • image kmm2150:
    Oh, sorry guess that would help - he is somehow getting the latch thing on the bottom of the door open and squeezing out - he's pretty skinny. The door is now a little bent, but still shuts. 

    Is it an airline style?

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    Crate like this.  It is really big for him, and we do have a smaller one - would one with a snugger fit be more difficult for him to get out of (or make him want to get out more)?

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  • The cheapest and easiest thing would be to zip tie the crate shut (the sides, top and front gate).
  • I'm so glad you got another foster!  You could get some kind of clip from a hardware store to secure it better.
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  • My sister had to use carabiners to latch it so her dog couldn't escape.
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  • We could put him in our bedroom at night - we've been letting scout sleep with us, so Patton could go in the crate in our room. Last night (first night with him) he ended up just sleeping through the night on a dog bed in our room after getting out of the crate.  Other than a 5am trip outside with both dogs, and scout thinking it was time to start playing fetch in the dark, they did fine. I guess I'm more worried about when we're gone all day than night time.  Unfortunately, the only room in the downstairs of our house with a door is the bedroom and it doesn't latch securely. I guess we could put him in a room upstairs but would have to do some major clean-up- those rooms are sort of our dumping ground.
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  • Oo, clips/carbiners and/or zip ties are good ideas.  I like the idea of clips or carbiners, they could be reused (wouldn't you have to cut zip ties each time?). Thanks!

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  • Yay! I'm glad you have another foster!

    I LOVE the name Patton. I'm hoping to name a future furkid Patton (it fits our brave warrior theme that Bently broke).

    Although, I've already told DH our next furkid's name will be Ibaka. He wants to name a human child Serge.

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    Oo, clips/carbiners and/or zip ties are good ideas.  I like the idea of clips or carbiners, they could be reused (wouldn't you have to cut zip ties each time?). Thanks!

    Yes, I think carabiners might be your best bet. 

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