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I have a 65 lb boxer sharpei mix that chews straight through any crate we put him in. He has severe separation anxiety and destroys the house when we leave, so we have to crate him. But there's a problem, he can chew his way out of all of them. His latest break out involved making his way to the bookcase and chewing up everything he could reach. We are at out wits end and need a way to keep him contained while we leave!! Does anyone know anything that could help?
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Poor guy! Hopefully he didn't hurt himself. Those metal wire crates are actually pretty flimsy...not too hard to escape for a panicked or determined dog. Also, the sharp edges left after they rip it apart could really injure your dog. You could try Impact Crates, they are super heavy duty...pretty expensive, but if you can prevent your home from being destroyed, it's probably worth it! There are several cheaper alternatives, but I'm not sure how strong they are. Just search "heavy duty" or "escape proof" dog crate, and read some reviews. Heavy duty crates look more like this:

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It would also be a good idea to work with a veterinary behaviorist to see if you can improve your dog's SA, there are training methods and certain medications that can be a big help while you're working through it. A good, hard exercise before you have to leave the house might help, and it also might help to give a frozen kong with something really yummy inside (although many dogs won't eat them when left alone). Maybe someone else knows a little more about the training methods you could try...I've personally not dealt with owning a dog with SA, but I'm sure its not fun. Good luck to you and your pup.
 

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If your dog truly has severe SA, escape-proof crating isn't the answer. Yes, a stronger crate will (potentially) keep him from destroying your home, but not necessarily himself. Look here for more information:

I'm really sorry for your situation. Dealing with true SA in its most severe forms is a nightmare.
 

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I'd also add to the above: please consider discussing anxiety medication with your vet. As an anxious human, it's a miserable way to live, and modern anxiety meds for dogs can be enormously helpful. They're very much like human psych meds these days - the goal isn't to sedate, but to enable your dog to handle stress better and actually learn how to cope through training like BKay linked above.

Wishing you lots of luck.
 
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