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Question Ex-Pen Suggestions? (Accidental Agility)

This morning I put my 5 month old boy (Balki) in his exercise pen in my bedroom while I took care of things around the house. I was also keeping an eye on him via webcam since we're working on his separation anxiety issues. I had barely made it down the staircase when I saw him easily jump over his pen, clearing the 26" panel from a near-seated position.

Here's the pen we're using: Pet Yard XT by North States

We've already resorted to stacking two baby gates to divide doorways. Can anyone recommend a good (sturdy) ex-pen for when we don't want to give him an entire room? (Or possibly suggest a way to modify my pen with a jump-proof roof?)
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www.jbpet.com has the best prices on expens since their shipping charges are figured on dollar amount instead of weight like everywhere else.

Most will stay in a 30" but some need a 36". Sounds like you need a 36".

Some are also climbers, and can climb out of any height expen. I'm pretty sure JB also sells the tops.
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We purchased this expen and I love it. It's not very large but it is tall. It's super easy to unassemble and reconfigure. When I don't use it as an ex-pen I use it as a baby door or room divider. It's light weight compared to the metal ex-pens available.



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ha ha ha, sounds like my Tillie! we had had her for about 2 weeks, when at 4 months she cleared our 36 inch x-pen also. and she did it for several days, because I would put her in the x-pen and leave to go get the kids from school, come home and she was waiting at the front door! LOL I was SOOO confused, couldn't figure out HOW she was getting out! little stinker! May I ask why you need all the x-pens and gates? are there a lot of no-no areas in the house? or is he not trust worthy w/ regards to pottying?? Hope you find something that works!! we ended up getting a wire crate and that is where Tillie sleeps at night and where she rests if I leave during the day. it has a TOP on it! LOL
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You also have to watch out if you have a create with in the xpin . The escape artists climb on top of the crate then have a easier way out. I had to stop using the xpin because Maddie climbed out. It was a toys R Us plastic outdoor play pin for kids. Comes in sections so I riged it to be more of a gate Now I have it dividing my living room from the kitchen area. I know if she wanted she could climb over For some reason she does not Maybe it is because she is happy with the larger space.
If I was someone who really needs to keep their Havanese in a xpin for a long time I would get one with a top . Has anyone found one that has a top and a easy to open door? That would be perfect

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If I were you, I'd just buy the top cover. I'm afraid that Stella could easily jump her ex pen if she wanted, but Roscoe knocks her down every time she tries. It's like he's saying "No way in hell you're getting out of here and leaving me behind!" hahaha.

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You also have to watch out if you have a create with in the xpin . The escape artists climb on top of the crate then have a easier way out. I had to stop using the xpin because Maddie climbed out. It was a toys R Us plastic outdoor play pin for kids. Comes in sections so I riged it to be more of a gate Now I have it dividing my living room from the kitchen area. I know if she wanted she could climb over For some reason she does not Maybe it is because she is happy with the larger space.
If I was someone who really needs to keep their Havanese in a xpin for a long time I would get one with a top . Has anyone found one that has a top and a easy to open door? That would be perfect
One way to avoid this problem is to get a bigger crate and attach it to the OUTSIDE of the ex-pen so that it can't be used as A step stool. When the puppy is little, you may need to use a divider to make it small enough, but once they are trustworthy, potty-wise, you can leave it at full size. Kodi's crate is much bigger than a Hav would actually need, but we bought it for exactly this reason... to prevent accidental agility forays.


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May I ask why you need all the x-pens and gates? are there a lot of no-no areas in the house? or is he not trust worthy w/ regards to pottying??
We're still working on his separation coping since we've only had him for a month so far. He's still getting used to being in a different room. He's also a nervous chewer. And having had previous experience with an SA-prone dog, I've found that puppy gates are a better alternative to closed doors. The pup doesn't feel as closed-off, and I save money on replacing doors. Bitter spray deterrent helps, but I try to use it sparingly.

I have no doubt that we'll eventually get to the point where he can be trusted with free roaming privileges and an open crate. But there's still work to be done before we get him there.

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If I were you, I'd just buy the top cover. I'm afraid that Stella could easily jump her ex pen if she wanted, but Roscoe knocks her down every time she tries. It's like he's saying "No way in hell you're getting out of here and leaving me behind!" hahaha.
Perhaps what I need is a Roscoe instead.
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We're still working on his separation coping since we've only had him for a month so far. He's still getting used to being in a different room. He's also a nervous chewer. And having had previous experience with an SA-prone dog, I've found that puppy gates are a better alternative to closed doors. The pup doesn't feel as closed-off, and I save money on replacing doors. Bitter spray deterrent helps, but I try to use it sparingly.

I have no doubt that we'll eventually get to the point where he can be trusted with free roaming privileges and an open crate. But there's still work to be done before we get him there.
I think you are doing absolutely the right thing. I've seen over and over on this BB that the people who run into trouble with their pups are the ones who give them too much freedom too early!


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