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Does anyone have a recommendation for an ex-pen for a new puppy? I have looked at the North states superyard, Summer infant secure surround and the Iris dog pens. I am not sure how high it should be and I would like something that is easy to get in to. Thanks for your help.

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My first expen was a 28" Carlson that I bought from Wayfair a couple years ago. Since then I have purchased two indoor-outdoor Midwest pens to use outside. I liked the Carlson because it had a walk through gate and I was able to open it up and use it as a room divider when Tim got older, but it isn't that sturdy. I like the Midwest pens because they are very sturdy and portable, no gate but they are only 24" high and easy enough to climb over. I would talk to your breeder to see if they can give you an idea of what they think will work for your puppy. My two are not climbers and are very respectful of boundaries but some pups are escape artists and you might need a taller one. My only suggestion would be to get one with a walk through gate if you get one taller then 24". Some off brand pens might not be as stable as the more proven well liked brands like Midwest, I think it's very important to splurge on a quality pen you will hopefully be using it for a while and should be your puppies "safe place."

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I have 30" Midwest expens that have a walk through gate/door that latches. They can be configured in different ways to all more space as puppy's house training becomes more reliable.

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Originally Posted by Molly120213 View Post
Does anyone have a recommendation for an ex-pen for a new puppy?
Having brought home a puppy about six weeks ago I have some experience to share as I bought three different ones, four if you include the Puppy Apartment which they consider an ex-pen.

I'll list them in order of preference with a link to view them:

RICHELL PET PEN: Pictured with Rory inside. I like it because it has a full bottom to protect floors; looks a bit nicer aesthetically; the metal parts are made well, without sharp edges, and do not invite reach through; the size adjusts as you give your pup more, or less room during training.

Mine is shown with the optional divider, and the Piddle Place which fits perfectly. The Piddle Place is a training aid and/or indoor toilet option that captures the urine, neutralizes the odor with an enzyme. You empty it into your toilet using the valve in the lower right corner. I also use a second Piddle Place on my patio, so the surface is familiar/consistent.

I also attached two Lixit Dog Top-Fill Water Bottles you can see on the left side of the photo; one accessible from the inside, and the other from the outside. That's a memory-foam bath mat under her, I also have a bed I put in there. The pen comes in different sizes and there is an optional top.

MIDWEST EXERCISE PEN WITH DOOR:] Your standard metal ex-pen. No bottom and not attractive, but functional and portable. Comes with stakes to hold it down outside, but inside the house a rambunctous pup can push it around and even collapse it. It comes with plastic snap-on parts they say should prevent collapse.

IRIS PLASTIC EXERCISE PEN: Plastic, great for outdoors, and lightweight. Well reviewed in general, but the rap on these is that the horizontal bars allow dogs to climb up and out. Amazon reviewers have posted videos of putting pups in and having them immediately climb out. Iris has since manufacturered an optional mesh roof to prevent that but some say it's too thin and doesn't fasten tighten enough. Each panel is three-feet wide so that may limit portability and storage.

PUPPY APARTMENT: I initially thought this was the answer to all my prayers, I was wrong on this. It requires the permanent use of their proprietary pads because of it's size, so not only are you married to pads forever, you're married to their pads which you have to order by mail. Rory hated it, and it was fairly unattractive.

MY CONCLUSION: I kept two, the Richell and the MidWest, and returned the other two. Didn't really need to keep the MidWest but it was inexpensive, and I use it as a configurable gate blocking off certain parts of the home.

Congrats on your new Hav! I'm sure you'll get good advice here. These choices worked for me but your needs may be different. The Richell is in my home office, I can use the MidWest wherever it's needed.

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