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The great ex-pen escape - what now??

Well, I came home from work this afternoon and guess who came running towards me wagging tail and all.....???? The 16 week old pupster that is supposed to be nicely contained in his expen condo!! He must have somehow used the bed to prop him up far enough to get out. The gate was locked and the pad was peed on, so he must have been in there most of the time....he might have heard the garage door and escaped right before I walked in, who knows.

My husband "engineered" this thing after we left him one time for a few hours and he had hooked his little teeth into the metal and pulled all the sides in until there not much room left (that was when he was about 5lbs....)

Argh....not sure what to do now....he absolutely HATES the crate (plastic) during the day. He sleeps in it just fine all night when I am right next to him, but if I ever try to stick him in there during the day he totally freaks out....like he has a massive attack of claustrophobia. And we even have the intermediate size for him, which is much bigger than he should need. The one time we left him in there to go out to dinner, he didn't potty in it for the 3 hours we were gone, but about three hours later peed EVERYWHERE and ended up with a bladder infection. I still don't know if it's related as the vet doesn't think so, but it sure made me nervous.

Anyway....I am thinking that I may try a larger wire crate and see how he deals with that since it's closer in looks to the expen (which he doesn't like much either, put tolerates) than the plastic crate.

The other option is to order the higher gate since that should fit the same dimension of the wood and vinyl base.

Because of the shape of the thing, I can't use a cover that can be purchased for the expens.

Has this happened to any of you guys? If yes, how do you deal with it??
It scares me to think of all the trouble he could get into if he gets out shortly after me leaving....

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Oh, and here is the picture of the puppy condo...
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Oh, and here is the picture of the puppy condo...
I'd take out anything he can climb on to get up to the top of the xpen.

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Looks great!
Sierra used to escape by pushing the fence up with her nose and crawl underneath is, we were lucky she didn't get stuck! That's when we had to make it too heavy for her to lift it up.....Your pen seems great that way as I can see from looking at the tiles, you actually made a tiled floorboard, am I right? Great idea as you have a wooden floor!!! accidents no problem!

I know there are covers for the octagon shaped pens......
Maybe you could make one to fit your shape?

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Nice Xpen!

I'm not sure what you should do? Have you considered using the tall baby gates and gating off the room? After making it puppy proof, of course? Or does he chew on furniture and stuff?

At around 16 weeks is when I started leaving Gucci w/ full roam of the house, but she has NEVER gotten into anything. She basically lays a few feet from the front door and waits for me/us to get home. I started with very SHORT trips, like 10 minutes and worked up the time. We haven't had any problems, not even with Toilet Paper. lol

If that's not an option, maybe you can look into selling your xpen and getting a new one w/ a top?

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Sally did exactly the same thing. Someone suggested building some sort of top for it, but I thought it might be dangerous ( she could get caught in it or it could fall). After her third escape we finally gave up and just left her out with lots of chewies etc....so far things have gone well....I suspect she just sleeps after we leave.

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sometimes we have pups that climb out. Our adult dogs jump out. They make 36" pens and I find our dogs tend to stay in those more. They also make lids to fit on top. We use those too.
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I have never had an xpen - we just left her in the laundry room with a gate across the door. It wasn't long before we just left her run of the house - shut all the doors, etc. - she normally just slept, looked out the window.
She has never bothered anything.
I would bring her crate in next to the back door, leave the door open to it and she loves her crate - she would just lay in it and wait.

Now she is a big girl and waits in the recliner...lolol

Also, if you do the gate - I normally took her collar off - I was afraid she might jump and get her collar hung.


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Nice set-up. And what an adorable puppy.
You could try just getting chicken wire, or something like it and putting it just over the area where the bed is.


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I have never had an xpen - we just left her in the laundry room with a gate across the door. It wasn't long before we just left her run of the house - shut all the doors, etc. - she normally just slept, looked out the window.
Be VERY careful with that! I tried that once and the first time she was okay, so I tried it AGAIN and came home an hour later and she somehow got BEHIND the dryer and stuck!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though I *thought* I had that prevented by a large storage box!

I was MORTIFIED. In fact, I started bawling. I couldnt' believe it. She was very young at the time, maybe 11 weeks? She wasn't hurt (thank GOD) but I am still kicking myself in the arse for that one. She was probably terrified.

God, I feel like an awful pup-parent just thinking about it.

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