Hmmm the Richell does look nice though certainly pricier for something I'm thinking I'll get a year of use out of?
Not having had my own pup before I can't imagine them climbing out of pens like these. But it seems to be a common comment. If it's 32" high can they still get out do you think? I would really like to avoid buying anything twice but I don't really have any way to know in advance if our guy will be a climber or not...
I ADORE the look of that Richell pen… But couldn't justify the cost. Even at 4 1/2, we still sue the ex-pen gates from time to time… for visiting dogs, to keep Kodi away from the blueberry bushes (he'll gorge
), to keep him out of a room where we are painting, etc. And it was up ALL the time until he was 2. He was in it whenever we were out of the house.
As far as the height is concerned, this is SO puppy-dependent, and there is no way of knowing ahead of time. There are TINY puppies, like Suzi's Maddie, who will, scale ANY pen, and then Kodi, who is a trained agility dog, will wait patiently, wagging his tail, with his front feet on the top edge of a 20" ex-pen and not challenge it.
From what I've seen, if you get a climber, they are going to climb out of anything. (and it really IS more climbing than "jumping") And the higher the pen, the more chance that they will hurt themselves fall off the far side. The ones that respect the pen as "their space" probably wouldn't cross it if it were a foot high. For the climbers, you are probably going to have to resort to a crate or a covered ex-pen to really keep them confined.
MY problem with the taller ex-pens is that they are hard to step over, even for me, with my long legs. Yes, some have a gate that you can step through, but when you have a puppy in one arm and the food bowl in the other arm, stepping over is a big advantage.