The best dog playpen, is a safe, and confined area for your dog. Providing them with an area to play without risk of damaging themselves or anything else. Our review features five of the very best dog playpens.
A dog playpen is a fenced-in enclosure designed to accommodate your dog. Providing him with more room to move than is available in a crate or dog den.
For owners of particularly energetic dogs; this may be a better solution. It gives the dog room to move around, and play.
Here's a great video of a puppy playpen set-up:
There are many benefits of having a safe and secure place for your dog to hang out. Personally, we have a fenced-in back yard so we only use our playpen indoors.
A dog playpen can be ideal for dog owners who don't have a fenced in back yard. It's a great way to include your pooch in all your outdoor family activities.
A playpen can be great for nursing mothers with pups. It will keep Mom and the pups safe in their own private area.
Dogs seem to enjoy having their own personal space. We have our own rooms and your dog will enjoy having his own "little apartment" to hang out in.
It's tempting to put your dog in his playpen for a "time out" if he's misbehaved. This might have the effect of his linking the playpen to your disapproval or possible anger. It's best for him to think of his playpen as an area of fun and play.
When introducing your dog to their playpen, whether you’re working with a puppy or a mature dog - it’s important to take your time.
You should place the pen in an area that your dog is comfortable. In the case of a new dog - choose an area that you can hang out, and keep them company in the beginning.
Playpen training is similar to crate training. Your dog should associate his playpen with happy experiences. You can achieve this by giving him his treats inside the pen, spending time inside the pen with your dog, or giving him his favorite toy inside the playpen.
Never try to correct bad behavior by sending your dog to his playpen with a scolding. He will come to associate his playpen as a "jailhouse" causing him to view the pen in a negative way.
Patience is key to success in having a smooth introduction. Your dog should be closely supervised during this very important initial training.
The initial goal is to get your dog to go in and out of the playpen on his own. You can feed him in there or even go inside and let him follow you in. Spend some time inside the pen with your dog.
Once the dog goes in and out with no fear, you can start leaving him inside for a short period of time. Throw a treat inside the pen and close the door. Go about your business while staying in sight of your dog. After a few minutes, you can open the door and let the dog out.
Once you've successfully done the above step, it's just a matter of leaving the pup in for longer periods of time. Just repeat the step several times during the day until you've left the dog in for a half hour.
VERY IMPORTANT: don't give in to whining or crying. Make sure the dog has calmed down before letting them out of the pen.
The final step in this training is for you to be able to leave the house while the pup is in the pen. Start by leaving for just a few moments. A trip to the mailbox, or perhaps putting the garbage out.
Finally, you'll be able to leave the dog in the pen while running errands such as a trip to the bank or to the corner store.
Be Patient! This training could take days or even weeks to complete. The time you put in now will be well worth it in the long run.
Items inside the pen should be a bed or blanket to lie on, a water bowl, and some toys. Including a dog KONG stuffed with his favorite treats to keep him occupied, is a great idea.
Try to set up your dog's playpen in an area where the family can interact with him. They are, after all, a part of the family.
Hello, my name is Angela Miller. Several years ago, I rescued a little seven-year-old Bichon Frise. I started looking into dog nutrition so I could keep my little love bug for as long as I possibly could. I love my dog too much to feed him unhealthy food. I hope some of the things I've learned along the way will help you and your dog.