How to Choose the Right Dog Playpen
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How to Choose the Right Dog Playpen

How to choose the right dog playpen

If you are a dog owner, chances are, you probably know how difficult it can sometimes be to get stuff done around the house when your favorite fur-ball is doing everything in their power to nab your attention.

If you know exactly what I am talking about, then perhaps it is time to consider buying a playpen.

However, a quick search on will instantly throw thousands of results, all promising the best playpen on the market.

So, how do you choose? With so many options, how do you pick the wheat from the chaff?

I will do my best to help.

Why Does My Dog Need a Playpen?

Dog Playpen

Dogs are incredibly energetic and highly demanding by nature. Sometimes you need them to stay put for a just a few minutes while you take care of business, and a playpen can provide them with a safe place in which to play or just mellow out for a bit.

Having a playpen for your dog means you get to enjoy some respite every so often.

Playpens are especially useful if you have to leave your dog by themselves inside the house for a while. You can leave knowing your dog will be inside a safe environment and that your property won’t get destroyed by a restless dog.

What If My Dog Doesn’t Like the Playpen?

Dog Playpen

Many people have a preconceived notion that playpens are cages and their dogs will hate them and be miserable while inside one.

This, in my experience, could not be further from the truth.

Dogs love playpens because they perceive them as their very own private territory. The rest of the house they have to share with you and your family. However, inside the playpen, they hold dominion.

Dogs feel safe, protected, and in charge when they are inside their playpens.

Nevertheless, you must get your dog the right type of playpen. Let’s see what’s available.

What Type of Playpens Out There?

There are two main categories of playpens available, these are Indoor & Outdoor.

  • Indoor Dog Playpen

    Indoor Playpen: Indoor playpen models are typically made out of plastic and are usually covered in some type of fabric or soft material. They are made to be aesthetically pleasing since they will become a fixture of your home. Many designs include rubber stoppers at the bottom of each leg to prevent the pen from moving or sliding around. Many Indoor playpens are panelled with mesh, and some are even foldable.

  • Outdoor Dog Playpen

    Outdoor Playpen: Typically, outdoor playpens are constructed out of metal since they need to be resistant to variable weather conditions. These are typically very sturdy and heavy. Outdoor playpens are also usually extremely easy to clean with a water hose.

Each category can then be further divided by size.

The size of your playpen will depend on the age, size, and breed of your dog.

Imagine buying a playpen that is adequate for a Chihuahua or a Yorkshire Terrier, and then trying to fit a Mastiff or a St. Bernard.

As far as I know, there is no issue with getting a playpen that is too large for your dog. Although the price will begin to climb in proportion to the pen’s dimensions, so always keep that in mind.

Here is a general rule of thumb:

Most pens come in 6 or 8-panel configurations, but this is something that you can always adjust.

Also, if you are buying a pen for a puppy, remember that it will grow up really fast. So if you buy a pen that is just right for your puppy, depending on the breed, it might not take long before it outgrows it.