So I adopted a puppy from a rescue last October, and she will be a year old next week. The foster home she was in kept up with the kennel training as they were supposed to but they had her in with her sister, so when we kept up with the training she was lonely; at first. We had problems with accidents for a while but after she was house broken, all that went away. When we say 'kennel' she knows where to do, when we say 'go to your spot' she knows where to go, she really is a very smart puppy... too smart.
After a rash and an excessive itching problem (rash gone, waiting for specialist appointment for dry skin) we put the kennel aside and started using baby gates to keep her in the same spot. (Vet thought it might be a plastic allergy)
This worked fine for a while, as she had a fear of baby gates falling if she touched them, until she started pushing the gates out of the way and chewing out pieces of it. We set the kennel back up; one with two slide over latches. She bent the bottom bar into the kennel with her feet and mouth so that she could push the door open enough to squeeze out. Un-fixable, we re-aquired her old kennel, one with a door that lifts up and over hood on the outside with a handle at the top. She broke a similar bottom bar so the hooks that hold the collapsible kennel into a box shape were useless, then pulled the entire front panel into the kennel (someone around herself) and got out. Which she had done before to the previous kennel but solved that with zapstraps.
Each time we came home to find her out we scolded her, showed her the kennel and gave her a time out. After the time out we put her back in the kennel (on days when we could recover it) and told her 'kennel;stay' and when we returned to release her gave her pets with the repeat 'good girl;good kennel;good stay).
We've tried taking toys away. Tried making the kennel more appealing with a litter of small treats. Nothing has worked.
It may be interesting to mention on day she had managed to shuffle the entire kennel across a ten foot room, rotate it 90 degrees to the door, and then shoot the plastic kennel tray into the hallway.
Before anyone asks, yes we've considered leaving her out, but she also had a training issue with jumping on the counters. We think we corrected that one, but seeing as how she know the difference between when she's in the kennel and we're sleeping and when we're out, I'm cautious about giving her free run. Most times when we come home and she's escaped the house is okay. But she has; move the gate to go sleep on my bed, stuck her head through the curtain (now broken and bent), hopped into the tub to knock everything over, and eaten a shoe (maybe kinda two, but it was only a nibble).
As you can see by my exuberant message I am in need of some ideas. I want my amazing, good-listening puppy back and the escape artist 'locked up tight'.