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Using a Dog Playpen to Contain Your Pooch

Updated on May 30, 2011

You may be wondering whether or not you should put your pooch in a dog play pen, and what advantages and benefits there are to doing so. There are many different reasons why you may be considering the idea, so let’s explore some tips, benefits, or features that various types offer.

While they are not for every pet owner, they can definitely make life a little easier for many pet owners and provide a safe place for pets to frolic while keeping them out of trouble and allowing them to have their own designated space.

If you are a busy pet owner and you want to do some chores around the house without being disturbed by your beloved pet, an indoor dog play pen can really help.

Plastic Dog Play Pen or Puppy Paradise?
Plastic Dog Play Pen or Puppy Paradise?

They come in various sizes depending on how big your puppy is and how much room you want him or her to have, and they work very well for keeping an eye out while you get some things done.

They are generally designed to fit into corners, so you can easily utilize space in your home without having to go through rigorous planning in order to make them fit comfortably.

Soft-sided Collapsible Dog Play Pen with Roll Up Door
Soft-sided Collapsible Dog Play Pen with Roll Up Door

If your pet suffers from separation anxiety, you can try a dog play pen with top. They come in sizes big enough to accommodate food and water dishes, toys, and still have enough room to move around and be comfortable.

They are also collapsible which is great when you want to store them away or use them when traveling.

If you get one with a top, when you go out to run some errands, you can give Fido enough space to eat and use his toys without worrying whether or not you will come back to a destroyed house.

Dog Play Pen with Top

Expandable Plastic Dog Pens

A plastic dog play pen is great for outdoors. It is sturdy enough to be used outside without worrying about rust and wear due to bad weather, and can be stored away easily as well.

It can be very handy during the summer and great if you do not have a fenced in yard yet still want to allow your best friend to have some fun. You can purchase them in sections in order to change the size depending on how much space you need or want them to have. They are also easy to clean and come in many different colors.

Expandable plastic and wire exercise pens don't have bottoms, so you may need to secure it so doesn't move or slide if your pooch jumps up on knocks into the panels. If you are using it outdoors you can fasten it into the ground.

Indoor use may be a little more challenging. Some pet owners find tat putting heavy objects around the outside perimeter works quite well.

Wire Dog Play Pens

These devices are very versatile and have different advantages which cater to many situations faced by pet owners on a regular basis. They are a great way to keep Rover happy while at the same time keeping him in a contained environment that is relaxing and enjoyable.

There are many different types out there, and if you do choose to use a dog pen in your home, there are many different options available to you in the way of style, price range, and size. In time, you may find that it's one of the best dog supplies you've ever purchased.

If you are handy and have the time you may even decide to turn this into a DIY project and make your own pet containment system.

Happy Pups in Their Doggie Play Pens

Not sure if you should use dog pens for your pooch? Worried that it seems cruel to keep your puppy in an enclosed area?

Take a look at these healthy and content pups and see if you don't have a change of heart.

Dog likes his Play Pen so Much He “Breaks In”

Puppy Playing in Plastic Pen

6 Week Old Pug Puppies Romping in Their Play Pen

Cute Pup Having Fun in His Plastic Dog Pen

Puppies Entertaining Themselves in Their Wire Exercise Pen

Two Month Old Puppy in Wire Play Pen


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      Paul Bateman 7 years ago

      Great article! Although I have very large dogs, so they have the entire use of the house. They love going outside when ""mom"" needs a break. I own this great outdoor fence system from Havahart. With this electric fence, my two dogs have the freedom to run but are safely contained in my yard. The installation was so trenches to dig! You'll love this new technology. The system is also portable, so my dogs get to go on vacation with me. Check it out at

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      n8blls 8 years ago from Austin

      Hey, I can keep my kids in there too.

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      Shaunelle Tansy 8 years ago from a galaxy far far away

      Unfortunately, my pup has a very large dog play pen - the whole house! And many wonderful toys to play with; socks, shoes, kids homework...

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      jecrawlipp 8 years ago

      You are an everything "dog" kind of person aren't you?