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That Little Pipsqueak!!!

To continue the saga with Benjamin -- 2 days ago I bought a 24 inch high expen, and set it up in my bedroom with all of his supplies. Things were going better, but from taking all the good advice from some of the very exerienced people on here, I realized that I was still giving him too much space. He was still missing the paper sometimes, and it was too much "freedom" for him to have his bed, food, water, toys, and potty area all available at once. I made it smaller and just put in his crate and the newpapers for pottying, with only a few inches of space in between. I put him in it and watched, and it was hilarious! It was like he was plotting a jailbreak, trying to dig under it and jump over it. Then he settled down a bit and sat in his crate. I took the opportunity to go in the other room and do some stuff on the computer. He started barking and yapping, but I ignored it, then all of a sudden he was right at my side, bouncing up and down wagging his tail! I can't believe that little 9-week old pipsqueak was able to get over a 24 inch enclosure! I mean I knew he would outgrow it soon and I would need a taller one, in fact that was what I was looking for online when he busted out! I put him back in just so I could finish up what I was doing, including this post, figuring I at least had a few minutes before he could get out, but he did it faster the second time. Then I popped him back in there in his crate, with the door closed. He is mad, and lettimg me know it. Jeesh, what a handful! Don't get me wrong, I love the little guy with all my heart. He has so much spirit and energy and determination, and I know it will serve him well in life, but seriously...

So, until I get the 30 inch one I just ordered -- now I think maybe I should have gotten 36 inches, but we'll see -- I will have to lock him in the bathroom if I have to run to the grocery store or something.

Here is a picture of him plotting his jailbreak.
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Oh my gosh! You have got a clever one. Do you have childproof latches on your cabinets?

Thank goodness he is so CUTE!

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ha ha I feel for you. I'm sure he'll be up on the furniture in no time, too!!

Lucky for me Brody wasn't/isn't a climber or jumper. I don't think he'd make much of an agility dog. Heck, when we walk to my car in the morning, when we go through the parking lot he walks around those cement parking blocks rather than just go over them!

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Not yet, Pam, that is another thing I will have to think about. I don't see how he could open them, but knowing him, he could find a way. Tracy, Brody just has the philosophy of "work smarter, not harder".

Benjamin was quite happy to stay in his crate and enclosed area as long as I was near him watching TV in my room. I have so much to learn, I know, but feel that I've already learned so much in the past week. I didn't go in the bedroom until he stopped crying and yapping, then when he was quiet I went in but did a couple of other things first, then knelt down and petted him through the grating. He just lay there quietly for a while, then fell asleep. Success!!

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LOL ... healthy, strong pup you have there that's for SURE!!
My Tillie also jumped right out of her x-pen, first time I left her. She WAS 14 weeks old at that point (that's when we got her) but she was only 3.2 lbs, a tiny thing... up and over the x-pen... sigh... we went straight to crate training and thankfully she did just fine!
BUT I wasn't training for an indoor potty....
At 2 yrs old she can easily jump 3-4 ft, straight up onto something without a running start .. she would have been an incredible agility dog if we had accses to training facilities here and IF I could keep up with her!

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It is possible that Benjamin is not as good a jumper as Tillie, but he could be getting on top of his crate first and then jumping over the ex-pen from there.

In any event, you do not want him jumping down from this height until after his skeleton has finished growing - at least a year. He could hurt his joints or his back.

he is adorable, and that makes it hard not to laugh at him when he shows up when you thought he was secure in the ex-pen. "Look how talented I am!! Aren't you proud of me?"



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Wow, I am lucky, mine hasn't even thought about jumping the 24 inch yet, he's been home for two weeks and is 11 weeks old today. Oh boy, I might have something to look forward to!

How big is benjamin? So cute!
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Wow, I am lucky, mine hasn't even thought about jumping the 24 inch yet, he's been home for two weeks and is 11 weeks old today. Oh boy, I might have something to look forward to!

How big is benjamin? So cute!
Not necessarily. Kodi is 3 yrs old, he IS an agility dog, is percectly capable of jumping out of his ex-pen, but he has never challenged it. It has as much to do with personality as jumping ability. Some just seem to respect boindaries more than others!


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They are determined little stinkers. I had to get a top for Pixie's ex pen. She could scale it with ease.

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Sounds like you have your handsful , Misty is a crate escape artist, she has to be in a pet taxi when we go to class, she tore up two soft sided crates, the wire crates she would chew and scratch, the taxi works for us, hope you find something.

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