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Is this ex pen too small?

I'm considering this ex-pen:




I like that the gate would allow both me and pup to step over into it easily. And the size seems better. The Iris 8 panel is too large, and the Iris 4 panel seems to small. Can you guys tell me if this one is large enough?

I'm in Canada so don't want to order from US. if possible.

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I see what you are saying, I like a step-over too.
Though, some folks who have had "jumpers" might chime in.
(Your pup is so cute).
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I think it's pretty funny that they call it a "cat exercize pen. I haven't met a cat in my life that would be slowed down by that for a moment!!!


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It looks like a nice practical size actually. I have three; the Iris, a Midwest, and this Richell.

You're right, the Iris is pretty small but can be useful in areas where space is limited, such as on a patio, where I use mine.

The Midwest ex-pen is easily portable (outdoors, visiting family, etc.) but has a 'flimsy' feel to it.

I like the Richell because you can buy a sliding door divider for it and create a toilet area as I did with the Piddle Place. The Richell also comes with a floor pan to protect your floor and catch any messes.



One final thought: the horizontal bars on the Paw Hut can be used like ladder rungs helping your dog to escape, a common complaint with the Iris.
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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...
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Buy an expen with the thought in mind that you may need to use it from time to time over the life of your dog. For puppies it is a great tool for preventing potty accidents until your puppy has the necessary control and understanding of where he is suppose to potty. The expen will also provide a safe place for your puppy to hang out when you can't watch him. As your dog gets older, the expen is useful if you have workman in the house or if you do any type of household project. If your pup is ever sick or injured an expen provides a good space for recuperation. If you choose to use an expen in this way over the life of your dog it will be less stressful for him if you have him spend time in his expen fairly regularly so he always feels secure and comfortable there.


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In that case, since I am in a small condo, I would rate my priorities for an ex pen as such:
- ease of folding and putting away
- small size when folded and put away
- quality that can withstand puppy as well as adult dog
- ease of interaction with dog inside pen, and ease of dog going in and out with no human lifting

What would fit my bill then? So many decisions!
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Hmmm the Richell does look nice though certainly pricier for something I'm thinking I'll get a year of use out of?
It's a fair point, and the reality is I only really "needed" needed it for about a month - but Pucks104's thought about having it available for the long-term is a good one.

My place is not really spacious either but I feel she needs a place where she can go, or I can put her, as need be; medical issues, perhaps certain guests, safety, what have you.

They make an optional top for this one also. Fortunately Rory is not a climber and she's (I hope) given up her early efforts to jump out. That this is rectangular as opposed to square fits my needs better as well.

Good luck with your decision.
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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.


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In that case, since I am in a small condo, I would rate my priorities for an ex pen as such:
- ease of folding and putting away
- small size when folded and put away
- quality that can withstand puppy as well as adult dog
- ease of interaction with dog inside pen, and ease of dog going in and out with no human lifting

What would fit my bill then? So many decisions!
The Midwest with a gate. It's one of the cheaper options too.


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