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in5r

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We have typically always camped with our dogs of which were of the lab size. Well we have recently become the proud parents I guess you could say of a Yorkie. The past I have seen several other campers using the portable playpen type setup on their campsites. Is there one brand/style that works better than the other? I would figure plastic would be beneficial from a rust free view. Just looking to see if there is anything favored outthere

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Why don't leashes work for small dogs? I've seen lots of small dogs in pens, just wondering.


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I bought one at Camping World on sale for ~$30 or so. It's wire has 8 panels X 30" tall and works well for my dachshunds.

The advantage to the pen over the leash or lead is that the dogs tend to get the lead wrapped around chair legs, trees etc. as they wander around. I also have 25' leads for my dogs but it doesn't take long before they end up with about a foot left. And the pens work well for small dogs but a pen that a larger dog can't jump out of would start to get a bit cumbersome to carry around.


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We’ve used both plastic and metal fences but prefer this one. Much easier to put up and take down and takes very little space to store. Pet pen


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We have used the 30" tall X-pens for the last 30+ year's for our Collies at first then to our smaller breed's later. We recently adopted a jumper(wire hair dachshund) so the 30" tall aren't working any longer...getting a couple of 40" ones soon. Also, we always wrap our pens with a solid fabric so that our "kids" can't see every single other doggie walk by....keeps the barking down!


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We bought 2 of the metal pens, and hook them together for or 4 camping buddies (Chihuahuas) They love the pens and as stated prior to that they would get the leads tangled up on everything. A large dog would probably have to be trained to stay inside the pen. There are now above ground containment systems available which are portable and seem to work really great the dogs wears a collar, my neighbor has two Labs that stay inside his front yard with no problem. I am not sure where they are available but a little research will probably yield results here is wally world answer https://www.walmart.com/ip/iMeshbean-Wireless-1-Dog-Fence-No-Wire-Waterproof-Pet-Containment-System-Rechargeable-US/698279292
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We've have one like LJAZ (above) described for our small breed dogs. We've had it for over 20 years, inside and outside. It's never rusted. I think we originally purchased it from PetSmart.

However, in time, "all" our dogs end up on our laps when outside. They also have their own camping chairs, but still end up on our laps. We found attached leashes (so they won't bolt very far) and our laps make the best combination. Funny ... ALL our dogs in 30 plus years of camping, are not happy until they are on our laps. (if only our own kids were THAT affectionate?)


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We travel with 3 dogs. Two of them are Corgis and they are part wolverine. One of them gets in trouble with big dogs so we keep her in an X pen made out of steel for her own protection. The other two get staked out on long ropes. They like being outdoors and love walks and running around and swimming. I cannot relate to anyone that boards their dogs for RV and camping trips.

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We bought one of those portable steel pens years ago, but only used it once.
On the first stop of the first trip, I set up the pen - didn't stake it down - dropped our miniature dachshunds inside and went to finish setting up the trailer.
Just a few seconds later, I was cranking up a leveler on the far side of the trailer when Dusty (our smallest doxie) showed up. She had pulled the fence until one corner went from 90 degrees down to about 35, then climbed right up and over!


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bobcouch wrote:

...our miniature dachshunds...


You post made me laugh. We have 2 doxies now. We acquired my daughter's 10 year old female just a few months ago. She's really adapted to our lifestyle. Our's original is a male, 6 years old and lovable as can be ... but wow! do they get into mischief!!!! Turn your head and .... wham! They're into something! Adding the second one, and they became a lean, mean, running machine duo, plotting and conniving together just to see how fast they can get one over on us. No pens for this duo now. The two together will figure out how to knock it over and then come running to us.

Still, you've got to really love those little guys, don't you!

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