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    We have to crate the dog on the days housekeeping comes by. He's a good dog and is fine alone outside the crate but I'd also really like housekeeping, too.

    This dog is quite the escape artist. I've seen him on our security camera bust out of an all metal crate and the other day, he broke out of the kennel we used to fly him back in. I joked with my wife throughout the flight that I could hear him barking down there or we'd be on the news because of an escaped dog in the cargo hold. He's fine inside an apartment but if he gets trapped in a bedroom (which has happened), he gets crazy and tries to get out.

    For the flight, I ran zip ties through these 4 holes and all was good. I guess I could just buy a bunch of cheap ties and keep a pair of scissors handy to cut them open, but that will be a pain especially if there's an emergency and he needs to be extricated quickly. Maybe there's something reusuable I could run through these holes that doesn't take a lot of effort to take off?
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    What he exploited was the weak plastic latch. He pushed the door hard enough (actually requires quite a bit of force, but he's determined) to flex the bottom locking rod which then pried open the plastic lock and then he pushed the door open. The only thing I could do to reinforce that plastic it to maybe run some zip ties around it to prevent it from opening up. What I'm thinking is to weave some kind of cord through the door and secure it on either side to those wing nuts.

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    I've also considered turning the crate around so the door faces the wall, but then I think he would go after the plastic ventilation slats in the side of the crate.

    Any ideas would be appreciated.

    Here's the ferocious beast. A 12+ year old beagle/basset mix.

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  • #2
    The simplest would be to use good cord in place of zip ties and situate a bow tie in a position where Houdini couldn't pull on the release tail. The release tail could also be taped down with blue tape. Then, there's also the over 2,000 knots in Ashley's Book of Knots you could confound him with. Actually, my first thought was to use webbing and snap fasteners, since I have that equipment on hand. I use them to replace broken plastic latches on plastic tool cases and such. Those snap fasteners used on covers for boats have incredible side load strength, yet pull off straight up easily.
    But, at 12 years old, he's honed his abilities and still keeping you trying to outsmart him. It may be futile. He looks like a pretty smart fella.


    • #3
      My thought would be carabiner clips
      Hank Lee

      Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!


      • #4
        Welcome back ( for a while, I believe)
        Ken in Cincinnati

        Pretend this line says something extremely witty


        • #5
          I like the carabiner idea.