I need a new exercise pen. Mine is only 3' tall and Roxy was jumping out of it at about 5 months of age. I just know she'll teach the puppy to do the same. Anyone have a recommendations for a sturdy, well-made x-pen that won't break the bank?

Lynne
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I need a new exercise pen. Mine is only 3' tall and Roxy was jumping out of it at about ... to do the same. Anyone have a recommendations for a sturdy, well-made x-pen that won't break the bank? Lynne[/nq]For Muttley's exercise area, I will probably be using some kind of field fence, strung between steel posts driven into the ground, and corner posts which should be something like 4x4 or 4" round wood, with bracing or wire tie-outs to stakes in the ground. Standard field fence is 4' high, and costs about $150 for 330 ft, and posts are about $4 each. You can get fencing 5' and 6' high. There are some with finer mesh at the bottom (for animals like chickens and rabbits), and more open at the top.

Sometimes it is called goat fence, horse fence, cattle fence or deer fence. You might be able to get small sections enough to do what you want from a local farmer. The place I found is Tractor Supply Company, www.myTSCstore.com. Their catalog has a lot of information, and they have helpful brochures.

Good luck,
Paul
For Muttley's exercise area, I will probably be using some kind of field fence, strung between steel posts driven into ... is Tractor Supply Company, www.myTSCstore.com. Their catalog has a lot of information, and they have helpful brochures. Good luck, Paul

That ought to do just fine in the kitchen.
For Muttley's exercise area, I will probably be using some ... of information, and they have helpful brochures. Good luck, Paul

That ought to do just fine in the kitchen.

I had no idea an exercise pen would be indoors. Why would you have a pen inside the house? How big does it need to be for exercise?

Paul and Muttley
I had no idea an exercise pen would be indoors.

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Why would you have a pen inside the house? How big does it need to be for exercise?

Why would you have one outside the house? I don't know many dogs that will actually exercise themselves when they're tossed into a pen.

Shelly
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The only reason a pen like that would promote exercise, IMHO, is that it would give the dog reason to try to get out, especially if they are "tossed in". Why should a dog be confined when inside the house? Muttley can get exercise if he so chooses by running up and down the stairs, but usually he just snoozes on the bed until I come home. He gets exercise running around outside and barking at critters. When the weather and ground conditions are amenable to doing it safely, I take him for walks up and down the hill, and he sometimes helps me pull a cartload of firewood back to the house.

Maybe a good indoor exerciser would be a treadmill.

Paul and Muttley
The only reason a pen like that would promote exercise, IMHO, is that it would give the dog reason to try to get out,

Encouraging your dog to try to escape it's pen/yard strikes me as kind of messed up. Surely walking the dog or playing with it outdoors would be a better solution?
Why should a dog be confined when inside the house?

Some dogs are puppies.
Muttley can get exercise if he so chooses by running up and down the stairs, but usually he just snoozes on the bed until I come home.

My dog sleeps when I'm not home. She doesn't choose whether or not to get exercise, though. That's my prerogative. We go for walks, hikes, play fetch, etc. What I don't do is toss her outside and hope for the best.
He gets exercise running around outside and barking at critters.

I am really glad I don't live near you. I can't stand it when people let their dogs bark.

Shelly
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Y is for Yorick whose head was knocked in.
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That ought to do just fine in the kitchen.

I wonder if I can get it in a nice 1970's Harvest Gold?

Lynne
I wonder if I can get it in a nice 1970's Harvest Gold?

Actually, the little xpen we got for outside is kind of a Harvest Gold. But it's more along the lines of what you already have. Our pups wouldn't have lasted in that little xpen indoors for much longer, but since we live/work in the same place, it's not necessary to have a pen.

I was happy we could borrow a taller pen for inside.
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