A puppy playpen is a great help when you are raising your new best friend, but it needs to be the right one. There are some wrong ones, so we make it easy for you.
For a little puppy, the world is huge. There’s just so much to explore, to chew on, to have little accidents on…
Why Do You Need a Puppy Playpen?
The primary purpose of a puppy playpen is to control where you puppy can roam. Puppies naturally seek movement – people or other dogs to interact with, but that can be dangerous if they get underfoot. Having your puppy in their playpen will free you up to do what you need to do without fear of hurting the little guy. (It can be dangerous for you too if your puppy wanders into the kitchen unseen).
Puppy playpens are also an invaluable tool to help with initial house training. Read How To Potty Train A Puppy for more detail.
If you live in an apartment, your puppy playpen may be essential. Otherwise, your little dog might find all sorts of things to chew on while you are away (or worse). There are a lot of other things to consider before you bring a dog into an apartment, and not every dog is suitable. Check our Best Apartment Dogs article for everything you need to know.
A portable puppy playpen can also make you a very considerate guest if you are planning to take your puppy for visits to friends and family. Not everyone’s home is puppy-safe, so a BYO playpen can save the day.
Things You Shouldn’t Buy As A Puppy Playpen
There are so-called X-pens (dog exercise pens) and other items that are being sold as playpens. Here’s an example of what not to buy for your young puppy.
The X-pen above seems a bit confused about it’s role. We see it more as a portable kennel for an older dog. The inclusion of a roof, even a semi-transparent one, makes this space act more as a den than a pen.
Suitable Puppy Playpens
This foldable, metal exercise pen, above, can work well if easy portability is important to you. However, it can be hard on the floor surface and create scratches and it does look a bit industrial.
The above is our puppy playpen of choice for smaller indoor dogs. The moulded plastic is floor-friendly and obviously won’t rust. This model only covers 8 square feet of floor, so larger dog breeds will grow out of the space fairly quickly.
There are also options for larger dogs, and some color choices to match your decor and your dog!
Make the Right Puppy Playpen Choice
Making this choice is not hard providing you take all the important factors into account.
- Consider first the size of your puppy now and once they grow.
- Work out if portability is important to you.
- Think about wear and tear on the floor under the playpen. **
- Determine whether color is important to you.
- Click on any picture above for more information.
** As a final handy hint, remember that little smelly accidents do happen, so don’t put the playpen down on carpet or a rug, even if you think that’s more comfortable for your puppy!