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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-30-2012, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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Question about the Iris expen...too tall??

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I bought the Iris expen for my new puppy who is coming home on Saturday. I am wondering if the one I bought is too tall? It's 34 inches high and I can't jump over the height to get inside, I have to remove a pin from the panel and get in that way--it is not difficult to do this. It has a small doggy door for easy entrance and exit for my puppy. The reason I bought the taller model is because I was afraid the pup would try to jump out of the shorter models. What do you think? I appreciate any feedback!
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LOL, the taller the better!!!!! Tillie was EASILY jumping out of her x-pen (24") at 4 1/2 months old ....

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Agree that nothing is too tall! I made the mistake of buying a 18inch gate...that I then rigged into a 20something inch gate. Sawyer jumped over both at 11 weeks.
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It depends on the dog. Even though Kodi COULD easily jump out of his ex-pen, (he stands with his feet on the top of it) and he jumps in the agility and obedience rings all the time, he has never challenged the ex-pen. That's "home" to him, and he is comfy and happy there. As you've heard, there are others that are little mountain goats and scale the highest barriers at an early age.

My feeling is, if they are going to jump (or when young, more likely climb) out, I'd rather have the shortest drop possible on the landing side. The ones who can get over a 24" pen can usually get over a 36" gate, and that is a potentially dangerous fall for a puppy. There are midwest ex-pens that have a built-in pass-through for people as well as dogs. That's the kind I use, and they are a real back-saver!!!

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Totally depends on the dog. Some will jump/climb over and others won't. Even sitting on top of his crate inside his x-pen at work where he could EASILY just hop over, Brody won't. Other pups/dogs would be out of there in a flash! Honestly, I'm sort of glad I don't have an escape artist dog!! A couple of his litter-mates were though. ha ha

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I have the same 34 inch Iris pen. Never had any climbing issues with Kiki or later with Kai, although Kai is much less happy being cooped up and his jumping tends to shift the pen around. I think removing the rod to get in and out is so much easier than other pens. Before buying this one off amazon I brought home and assembled another but hated the door --- way too much trouble.
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