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26th May 2009, 06:35 AM
I'm thinking about getting this exercise pen


I need an exercise pen that is portable, I like this one but was wondering if the height of this pen is too low. What do you all think?


26th May 2009, 07:43 AM
I think six foot is the average.In height.Is it indoor or out door.That would determin the height.

Cathy Moon
26th May 2009, 12:40 PM
I use a 36 inch tall x-pen - can be used indoors or outside, folds up and has a carrying handle:

26th May 2009, 06:43 PM
It will be used indoors. My sister will be having twins soon and shes funny about having dogs run around her house, especially with the babies. Im picking Tucker up from the breeder in two weeks and wanted to have something like an exercise pen to take with me when I am at her house. I liked the one I posted above because it was up off the ground and had a hygiene floor in case of accidents while potty training. But Id like to have one that will grow with him so that he wont be getting out when hes older. I thought since its made out of mesh it may be harder for him to climb out therefore having shorter sides might not be so bad. What do you think? Thanks for the help!

26th May 2009, 06:45 PM
but then again 26 inches isn't very high either, i don't know....

26th May 2009, 07:59 PM
I think he should be okay. It looks like it would definitely be difficult for him to scramble out. Depending on his full-grown height, I don't expect him to get much more than his front paws over the edge....he'd have to do a heck of a pull up! :-p Also, I wouldn't expect him to even *try* to get out, if he is a mature adult used to the pen and sees it as his sanctuary.

No one can say for sure without knowing the dog's full grown height and temperament, but it's a nice play pen...I'd get it.

Love my Cavaliers
26th May 2009, 08:01 PM
I have two of the same X-Pens that Cathy Moon has. They are 36 inches high and I have never had any of my dogs try to jump out. Oliver is a big, tall boy and a great jumper and he hasn't even tried to. I like the flexibility of the x-pen because I was able to attach it to Riley's wire crate so that as she was recovering from her SM surgery she had a little more room, but still had her crate to lie down in. I also used it as Oz was getting older but still needed to be in a confined space when I left - you can hook two of them together to make lots of room. I hooked them together with climbing carabiners (My son used to climb so I had a ton of them at home, but you can also get them at a hardware store cheaper). That being said, they are not particularly lightweight - so the one you picked would be more portable. Also, the x-pens don't have a floor, so not as hygienic as you might want for being at your sister's. As a little tyke, the mesh would probably work for Tucker right now, but I know some dogs have shredded mesh pens trying to get out. I also don't know if 26" is high enough. Have fun with your new baby - I love the name Tucker.

Daisy's Mom
26th May 2009, 09:47 PM
Speaking of X-pens, for those of you (us, actually) with that metal type of pen, how do you keep it from scratching your floors? We had two rescue dogs here for about a month until they went to their forever home last Saturday, and I was using an X-pen with them in my master bathroom when we weren't at home. Even on ceramic tile, it left little scratches because they would jump against the pen and slide it. I would hate to think what it would do to my wood floors in the kitchen. Any ideas?

I never had one of those before, but I can definitely see the flexibility of it. I inherited it from the dogs' prior owners. (They gave me 2 and I passed one onto the new owners and kept the other because they didn't want it.) I put towels under the corners of the pen in the bathroom once I saw what it was doing, but one of the little stinkers ended up chewing the corners off of two towels and 3 washcloths! I didn't notice it until she was gone. I hope it didn't do her any harm.

Cathy Moon
26th May 2009, 11:53 PM
India climbed or jumped out of a 24 inch tall x-pen when she was 5 months old - that's why we bought the 36 inch tall one.

Some wire x-pens come with set of black plastic guards that you attach to the bottom of each section, and that keeps it from scratching the floor. We bought a sheet of vinyl flooring that we set the x-pen on when we had Charlie. Or you could use some of that heavy sheet plastic that comes in rolls from Home Depot - it can be cleaned and re-used.

27th May 2009, 02:54 AM
Megan, I did a lot of research before Vivie came home, looked at the one you have listed and probably should have bought it rather than the 24 in pen she jumped.(barowed a 30 in pen she also jumped and ended up with a wire crate for a 90lb dog with a top.

If you do an expanded search I believe that you can buy a top for this one and save you from buying a taller pen or crate. Good luck.:xfngr:

27th May 2009, 03:48 AM
Thanks everyone! :)