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expen - with door or not?

do I want an expen with a door or without a door? It seems like it would be a great convenience but is there any reason not to get a door? I will be purchasing a Midwest E-coat expen.
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We have a bunch of them in different sizes. We prefer without the door. If you do get one with a door, get the ones that don't have the header across the top of the door.
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thank you. I will get one without the door. I have to buy my pet supplies today because as you know I'm getting a puppy next weekend.
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How is little Peter? I can't believe you're picking him up next weekend! I know I'm late with this, but I bought an ex pen with a gate that also opens and can be used to gate off a wide area. Turned out Timmy HATED being in his ex pen! He was so stressed out being in there I thought he was going to hurt himself trying to get out. I use the ex pen now to gate off my family room, and if I had to climb over it I'd probably kill myself. I got the 36" high one though. I put him in his crate when I go out which has worked out beautifully, and he seems way better staying in the family room by himself, not in his crate, if I need to take a shower, work in the kitchen etc... a little whining but he quiets down way quicker then when I left him in the expen. Keep me posted on the pick up!

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I have the 36" tall with the door. The door remains open unless we leave home. Her basket of toys and a bed is kept in there and she goes in and out periodically through out the day to get a toy or take a nap. When we leave, we close the door and she's perfectly content and secure in her pen until we return and open the door.




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I have two without and one with. If you are using them as dividers or moving them around a lot, then the door is pretty useless. If it is a permanent set-up, like Kodi's "bed room", the door is very nice. It's easy to pick a puppy up out of the ex-pen, but it can get old when they are bigger, and you have to do it all the time.

As Tom said, I would DEFINITELY get one without a header on the gate. I use the get when I go in and out of the pen to change Kodi's bedding in his attached crate, sweep, clean his litter box, etc. If it had a header, I'd still have to step over the whole thing.


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I love having a door on Whisky's bedroom expen. During the day the door is unlatched and Whisky can open and close the door and go in and out as she pleases. The door saves my back too, having to lift her in and out all the time, was murder on my back, so we got the door.
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I totally love that his litter is named after The Monkees. You got the best one too. Peter is my favorite.

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I want to see peter when is is coming home? Sounds like the gate is good for being able to clean and have him go in and out.

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thank you. I will get one without the door. I have to buy my pet supplies today because as you know I'm getting a puppy next weekend.
Since Tom "knows" you are getting a puppy next weekend, I suspect your puppy is my puppy's sibling! I'm bringing Cheers, soon-to-be Maccabee, home next Saturday. Who are you getting?
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