Houdini Dog Escapes Crate? Here's How To Buy The Right Kennel

Dog Escapes CrateMany people think that simply buying a crate will be enough to keep their pet secure and contained. Unfortunately this is not always the case and “dog escapes crate”, “Houdini dog”, “escape artist dog” and other terms are common headline shrieks.

Owners can be quite surprised to leave their dog at home, then on their return find their pet greeting them at the door. And maybe their pet had got up to mischief creating mess and chewing a few apart while they were at it. They did not realize they needed a heavy duty escape proof dog crate. So let's take a look at how dogs can escape from standard crates.

The Problem With Regular Wire Dog Crates

The most common dog crates are made of wire. These are fantastic for training small puppies, but not so much for larger and stronger pups or adult dogs that haven't been crate trained. This is because these crates tend to be quite weak.

A determined dog can either work out how to break out through brute force, or they can learn to be an escape artist and exploit its weaknesses.

Videos Of Houdini Escape Artist & Gorilla Tough Dogs Escaping From Their Crates

Let's look at a few videos to show you just how smart dogs can be at finding out how they can find a crate's vulnerabilities and escape from their crate.

Video 1 – Upper Latch Exploitation

In this video we see just how smart an escape artist dog can be. This one has learned that their is locked via a latch at the top of the crate, and she's determined to move it.

As we can see, this Houdini is relentless in trying to bite and paw away at the upper latch. She's relentless and determined, and she eventually exploits this cage's weakness and escapes.

If your dog does this too, check out these specially designed escape proof dog crate options.

Video 2 – Lower Latch Exploitation

And here's another using the same tactic, except going for the bottom latch of the kennel.


Video 3 – “Hook Over” Door Exploitation

This crate is ridiculous easy to escape from and this dog knows it. She has learned that escaping from this faux Alcatraz simply requires opening the door through a short sharp nudge upwards on the latch and “HEY, PRESTO!” She's out quicker than a Brexit!

She has observed that the crate “door” is closed simply by hooking it over the wire on the cage. And she has seen that lifting the door up over the wire releases it. It's not clear whether the latch was properly set, but as the rest of these videos show, these style of latches tend to be pretty much a moot point to a clever Houdini escape artist dog.

If your dog does this too, check out these specially designed escape proof dog crate options.

Video 4 – Overpowering Crate

And here's an example of a dog simply overpowering their crate with brute force. It appears that they are aware of and are trying initially to exploit the latch, but quickly discover once they have a grip with their jaws that the door is weak. Another tug and open sesame, no more locked crate.

Video 5 – Finding & Exploiting Vulnerability

Here's another gorilla escaping from her not so tough crate. Watch how she simply grips the bottom, instantly pulls at it and bends it out of shape, creating a gap from the crate floor. She then decides it'll be no problem to barge her way through this gap. And she is correct. Another escaped dog.

If your dog does this too, check out these specially designed escape proof dog crate options.

Video 6 – Small Dog Unlocks Latch & Escapes

A dog does need to be big to escape, they just need to learn how to exploit the cage's weakness. This one shows another escape artist that has worked out that the latch is literally the key to escaping from the crate. After persistent attempts, the latch is exploited and the door is released.

Video 7 – Exploiting Roof Door Vulnerability In Crate

Some crates are exploited through an upper opening door. Such doors can be great for accessing the crate from above, but they are also a great means of escape for some Houdinis too.

If your dog makes short work of his crate, check out these specially designed escape proof dog crate options.

Video 8 – Compilation Of Houdinis Escaping

And to round off here's a funny video of dogs escaping from crates, fences and outdoor kennels. Watch the one at 1:40 where the dog escapes then helps the others escape their crates.

“Dog Escapes Crate” – Unless It's Built To Be Heavy Duty & Escape Proof

So as you can see, standard crates are easily exploited by determined dogs. Latch lock crates in particular are easily exploited. Dogs learn how the latch works. Then they get to work to unlatch the door.

Powerful dogs can simply overpower the crate, either bending or destroying the cage to get out.

Unless you are getting a very young pup or a crate trained dog, or if you are looking to replace a crate that your dog escaped from, then you may wish to go for an heavy duty dog crate.

These are made from thicker bars or sheets of metal rather than wire, to make it much harder for the dog to have a chance of escape through damage. Many have escape proof designs too where the latch is not so accessible to a Houdini.

The best ones are virtually inescapable and indestructible so there'll be little chance of dog escapes crate opportunities with those. Two great crates are the Impact Case Collapsible Dog Crate and the ProSelect Empire Dog Crate.

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