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Old 11-27-2012, 10:26 AM
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Exercise Pen or Baby Gates?

Hi all, I searched the forum for this already but couldn't find a specific answer to this question We are bringing home our puppy in about 3 weeks and have almost everything we need, except for a large enclosure of some sort.

I've been going back and forth on whether to purchase an x-pen or a few baby gates. Our house is fairly open, so we would need at least 2-3 baby gates to enclose the kitchen or living room. Baby gates would of course give puppy more room to romp around, but then he'll have access to chair legs, furniture, molding, etc. With an x-pen he'll be more confined, but I worry about him clearing the top or getting bored in too small of an area.

We are planning to crate at night and while we're gone until he's house broken and can control his bladder. The x-pen/baby gates would be for when we're home/awake but cannot devote 100% of our attention to him. Any ideas/suggestions?
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:34 AM
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I plan on using both. X pen to start with and baby gates when she is older. We are removing the kitchen table for now and will introduce it later, that is the area we plan to set up the xpen. Our kitchen is not very big and no one really uses it anyway!
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I have used both. I do like that I can take the x-pen anywhere. To other people's homes indoors and out. On picnics and cookouts, on vacations. Have x-pen will travel. Some pups do really want to climb out. For those pups you can use the nylon garden fencing with secure ties as a lid. Training a pup to like the x-pen can be done the same way you train a pup to like a crate. Susan Garrett's video Crate Games is a great how to.
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I plan on using both. X pen to start with and baby gates when she is older. We are removing the kitchen table for now and will introduce it later, that is the area we plan to set up the xpen. Our kitchen is not very big and no one really uses it anyway!

That's actually a really good idea about removing the kitchen table. Fortunately we're a young couple "just starting out" in our first home, so we don't have much stuff yet, let alone much nice stuff LOL. Not gonna lie, it was a big factor in deciding to get a puppy now vice waiting a few years - we don't own too much for him to destroy! Moving our kitchen table would give us one completely empty, laminate-floored room for puppy to play in. The room also overlooks the living room and kitchen where we spend most of our time, so we could still keep an eye on him. Great idea!
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I have used both. I do like that I can take the x-pen anywhere. To other people's homes indoors and out. On picnics and cookouts, on vacations. Have x-pen will travel. Some pups do really want to climb out. For those pups you can use the nylon garden fencing with secure ties as a lid. Training a pup to like the x-pen can be done the same way you train a pup to like a crate. Susan Garrett's video Crate Games is a great how to.

Ooh good point about the "travelability" of x-pens. We're planning a roadtrip to visit some family in March, so I'll make sure to purchase one then if I haven't already by that time.
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That's actually a really good idea about removing the kitchen table. Fortunately we're a young couple "just starting out" in our first home, so we don't have much stuff yet, let alone much nice stuff LOL. Not gonna lie, it was a big factor in deciding to get a puppy now vice waiting a few years - we don't own too much for him to destroy! Moving our kitchen table would give us one completely empty, laminate-floored room for puppy to play in. The room also overlooks the living room and kitchen where we spend most of our time, so we could still keep an eye on him. Great idea!
Just don't forget to have him in the room with you when you are hanging out too so he doesn't feel like he's an observer in your lives! That way you can supervise him closely and also train him away from chewing on inappropriate items in the living room by distracting him with an appropriate chew toy.
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Good point Dallas Gold. Our house is an open concept, living room and kitchen are really one big room so no worries there. We only use xpen etc when we wouldn't be able to give her our full attention, such as using the bathroom, cooking etc....It will also be used when our older dog just needs a break.
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Just don't forget to have him in the room with you when you are hanging out too so he doesn't feel like he's an observer in your lives! That way you can supervise him closely and also train him away from chewing on inappropriate items in the living room by distracting him with an appropriate chew toy.

Yes, of course! I should've mentioned I only really see him being confined in there while we're cooking dinner or if we had company over who couldn't be around dogs (a few of our friends are allergic and there are some small children in our extended family). Plus it'll be just a few days before Christmas when we bring him home, so I want to make sure he's away from the tree if I can't be totally focused on him. I'm very lucky in that I'm able to take two weeks off work when he comes home, to focus on bonding and training the basics
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Bentley has a back room with a baby gate too. His crate, water and toys are in there but absolutely nothing else other than a big freezer. I thought it was 100% safe for him until one day I saw him trying to stick his nails into the wall socket
I bought the little plastic plugs for sockets, they're "baby proof" and so far, puppy proof.
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Bentley has a back room with a baby gate too. His crate, water and toys are in there but absolutely nothing else other than a big freezer. I thought it was 100% safe for him until one day I saw him trying to stick his nails into the wall socket
I bought the little plastic plugs for sockets, they're "baby proof" and so far, puppy proof.

Thanks for the tip Joyce, I'll be sure to stock up on those little outlet detectors. I guess if there's mischief to be found, a puppy will find it!
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