For New Puppies – Useful for puppies who are new to their home. A playpen will ensure that the puppy will stay in a designated area and not roam around the house unsupervised.
For Indoor Use – The playpen will keep the dog from interacting with guests in case of events in the household.
For Outdoor Use – The playpen will limit the dog’s movement in the garden or the yard. As dogs like to burrow and dig, a playpen will keep the dog from going into the flower bed or venturing on the grass with fertilizer.
For Training – A playpen will ensure that the behavior of a dog is monitored when there are other people in the house, when there are babies, and when there are other animals or pets.
Materials Used in a Playpen
Nylon – This type of playpen has panels that interlocks and has rubber pads at the bottom to prevent skidding and from damaging the floor. This is advisable to be used for small dogs.
Plastic – The most common type of material used in a playpen, this type of playpen won’t rust and the panels can be added one after the other to extend the space for the dog.
Metal – Usually for outdoor use, this playpen comes with anchors or pegs to be pushed to the ground. It can also be folded, making it easy to store.
Cloth and Mesh – Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, this playpen is easy to clean, waterproof, and breathable.
Factors to Consider
Size of the Dog – The playpen should not be low enough that the dog can jump over it.
Indoor or Outdoor Playpen – Ample space is needed if indoor playpens are used. For outdoor playpens, there should be cover and shade to protect the dogs from the sunlight.
Durability and Safety– The playpen should be able to withstand the daily wear and tear from the dogs. High-quality materials should be used so that the dogs can’t scratch, bite, push, and topple the playpens easily. A stopper on the sides of the playpen, usually heavy objects, will prevent the dogs from moving the playpen around.
Accessories and Attachments – Some playpens have a door that serves as the entrance/ exit of the playpen. Some have a built-in food and water bowl on the sides. A rest area and a play area should be established inside the playpen so that the dogs will have lots of things to do along with having adequate space to play and roam around.