Hi. I am so confused with all the crate advice. I have a German shepherd with major separation anxiety. She was a rescue dog. Has lots of issues. The complete destruction of my house and going potty on the floor is what I can’t take any more. Shes 16 mos. old. Vet recommended Pro select. Its expensive for me. BUT I don’t want to buy anymore gates or crates!!! I don’t have any couches left. Shes eaten 3 doors, floor boards, etc… I don’t want to find her another home. I LOVE her , and who knows where she may end up when she destroys their things??! I need something that will last ! IF I have to put it on a credit card . so be it. Please let me know what you truly think the best bet would be to contain a crazy shepherd?
The simplest and probably most common way is brute force. Do not make a mistake in believing only big dominant dogs and use this method. If there is a point of weakness in your crate – any size dog can exploit it with some force. One of the most common ways dog’s brute their way to escape is by using their heads to force the bars apart. Cheaply made crates and flimsy metal are susceptible to this.

Most Helpful review (read the full Amazon review): “I bought 2 of the 42x28x31″ crates for a 60 lb border collie mix, and a 50 lb pitbull/lab mix. They are extremely easy to set up, and roomy enough for both dogs to stretch out. The crates are properly assembled according to the instructions, but both dogs have figured out how to break out without opening the front door, which I'm guessing is why they're so much cheaper…”
30" (76cm) American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Water Spaniel, Basenji, Bedlington Terrier, Cairn, Terrier, Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Clumber Spaniel, Dachshund, French Bulldog, German Pinscher, Irish Terrier, King Charles, Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Pinscher, Miniature, Schnauzer, Pekingese, Scottish Terrier, Shetland Sheepdog, Staffordshire Terrier, Tibetan Terrier, Welsh Springer, Spaniel, Welsh Terrier, West Highland Terrier
To crate train a powerful or escape artist dog that keeps getting out of their cage, you’ll need a secure, tough and strong crate, designed to be virtually indestructible and inescapable. So let’s take a look at these so-called Alcatraz dog crates, what they have to offer, and how good the various models are at solving your Houdini problem in our 2018 review.
42" (107cm) Airedale Terrier, American Bulldog, Australian Shepherd, Bearded Collie, Belgain Malinois, Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian, Tervuren, Border Collie, Boxer, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chow-Chow, Dalmatian, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Ibizan Hound, Irish Setter, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador, Retriever, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Poodle (Standard), Vizsla
Richard is a journalist who specialises in dog behavior. He's written hundreds of articles and books related to dogs, including for the Continental Kennel Club, Dog Fest (the UK's biggest dog festival) and various veterinary surgeries. When he's not spending time with Jess and Rudy (his beloved Labrador and Golden Retrievers), he enjoys reading, hiking and watching sports.

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Features: The Ultima Pro is a wire-style crate that is constructed from the strongest and thickest wire Midwest Homes for Pets uses for any crate. It is equipped with two doors (one on the front and one on the side), which each feature two slide-bolt latches. And while it is a sturdy crate, the Ultima Pro collapses quickly and features a strong carrying handle.
Most Helpful review (read the full Amazon review): “I needed to know how much this weighed and one listing stated it was 48.8 Lbs I'm not very trusting of website descriptions so I weighed myself and then held the kennel (not easy) and the difference was 43.7. Also to make this airline approved you need to buy metal nuts for the bolts instead of the plastic ones that come with it. You might also need to drill holes in the rear. This is plenty big for my 95 Lb lab mix. He fit in an XL but…“
Most Helpful review (read the full Amazon review): “This summary is not applicable for dogs that don’t experience separation anxiety I just adopted a 7 year old dog that suffers separation anxiety (if it weren’t for that he would be perfect!). The first cage (not this one) that I bought he figured out how to get out of within 20 minutes so I selected this one based on the 3 hinge locks. Here are my thoughts…“

Also, the crate is made out of plastic, which is durable and washable. The darkness inside the crate makes it an appropriate bed to use if your dog has trouble sleeping, with one commenter noting that it was capable of housing her dog as though he had a little den. This kennel is also good for dogs that fancy themselves escape artists. The heavy duty fasteners on the kennel, locked door, and thick outdoor posts prevent them from getting out on their own accord.


With a durable metal frame and grab-and-go duffle bag handles, the Pet Life Deluxe 360 Collapsible Pet Crate with Removable Bowl Red ensures ultimate durability and convenience when traveling with your pet. A 360-degree view keeps your pup happy, and an included removable pet bowl keeps him hydrated, too. Thinsulate technology creates an ideal temperature in the crate, and two zippered entrances allow for accessibility.
Our XXL dog crates are in stock and ready to ship, so choose the Midwest Dog Crate that is ideal for your pet and home, and we will ship it to you straight away. We believe in these products and are confident that you will find Midwest Extra Large Dog Crates well-built, great-looking and strong enough to last a lifetime. Your Great Dane, Mastiff, Newfoundland, Saint Bernard or other giant breed dog will love their Midwest 1154U Single Door Dog Crate or Solutions SL54DD Double Door Dog Crate.
SmithBuilt is one of the most renowned manufacturers of extra strong metal dog crates – they’re well-known for the comfort and security of their models. Those looking for a reasonably priced indestructible dog crate should consider their newest product, the SmithBuilt Heavy, as it offers good construction quality, a convenient 2-door design, and a removable pan for easy cleaning.
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The reason this crate doesn't rank as highly as the Empire is that it's not quite as escape-proof. I think the top door might be a weak point, so you may want to use a zip tie to stop it opening if you don't plan on using it. The most determined and strongest chewers may be able to attack the bars though - so for these dogs look for sheet-walled crates instead.
Addendum added January 28, 2013: My vet had never noticed these carriers because I had never put one up on the exam table until my last vet visit. She looked at it with interest and totally concurred with my opinion of having a small, but open carrier for my two (panicky) cats. She has seen more than a few overheated pets in too enclosed carriers. Since I live far from the vet I always carry spare towels for the bottoms of the carriers and she found that the "stable floor covering'* I use was an additional comfort feature for my pets long trip to their appointments. (I just ordered the larger size of this carrier for my "Phat Kat" and will donate her previous carrier to our local animal shelter.)
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