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One owner notes that the only major difference between this crate and higher-end models is that the door locks could potentially be opened if a dog pushes the lever with their tongue. And indeed, several owners have noted that the locks weren’t able to keep their Houdini hounds in check. However, one individual notes that you could simply zip tie or caribeaner the lock if escape is an issue.


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.

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.
On the budget end of the price range is the Smithbuilt self-proclaimed ‘Heavy Duty Dog Crate.’  This industrial looking dog crate is crafted using high-quality steel to make a strong, durable crate that will prove inescapable for a dog and will last for many years. The front door is locked with two slide bolt latches, and the top opening is secured with one. There have been reports that the locking mechanism is weak and can be hugely improved with a standard padlock bought separately. Smithbuilt has made this crate fade, rust, and corrosion resistant by covering it with a multi-layer finish that is better than the powder coat paints on other brands of a dog crate.
The Smithbuilt cage is well established. It has a tried and tested track record of many customer reviews. So you can feel comfortable with what to expect. Beware of other cheap cages that do not have a good number of customer reviews. You’ll have less reason to have confidence in whether it’ll be suitable or a complete waste of money, or even dangerous for your pet.
Keeping the dog inside is not the only purpose of a pet crate – it also protects the pooch from the dangers of the outside world. During the journey, a kennel has to withstand things like scrapes, bumps, and occasional knocks without breaking apart. Therefore, the heavy-duty models are your best choice – they’re sturdier and more durable than the regular crates.
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