I purchased an Ex-Pen for my Doberman before I brought him home as a puppy and it has been one of the very best investments I have ever made for him, besides the e-collar and the Leerburg training videos. He is very calm and well behaved in the house. Often, if he wants to lie down and chew on a bone, he will return to the Ex-Pen and lie down on his fleece (also from Leerburg). If you are starting a new dog, get one!!!
- Anonymous on 03/06/2014
I wish I had known about these when Kippy was a young puppy. He is also a chewer and went through the rock and acorn phase when outside...
I created a similar effect using a series of baby gates to keep him with me, but this would have been so much easier! And to be able to safely contain him in a puppy-proofed area outside would have been a blessing. Instead, I had to watch him every second and step in when he found a rock, acorn, etc.
I've noticed another benefit of this type of containment. Kippy is an extremely calm dog inside. He does not run around like a maniac. He does not have separation anxiety. He is content to chew his approved chew toys, sleep, or simply to be resting in whatever room I'm in. He has a special spot in the kitchen that is out of the way, but still with me. He has a nice bed in the living room, and his crate is in my bedroom. He's still unreliable about chewing, so he's crated when I'm away from home - but he loves his crate and will occasionally choose to take a nap there if he needs a long nap.
In our puppy and basic obedience classes I met other dog owners who said "I don't believe in caging my puppy." And then later I hear their problems with house training, barking, chewing furniture and other destructive behavior. I can't say enough good things about proper crate training and keeping your puppy safely contained - with this product (much easier) or the baby-gate method I used because I didn't know about this product.
I'm getting one of these for my next puppy!
- hadster on 11/11/2013