Dog exercise and playpen buying guide
Author: Vebo Pet Supplies Date Posted:29 March 2017
A dog playpen is a fairly simple product, it's just a few panels linked together to form a small area. In fact it is so simple that most of them do not even require an instruction manual. However, as of this moment, we actually stock 8 different types of dog pens in our store. How do you know which one is the right one?
Consideration #1: Where is it used
One of the first question we ask is whether it is for indoor or outdoor use. The outdoor playpens have been treated with a weather resistant coating and they usually can be pegged down into the ground. It's important to remember that outdoor dog pens can be used indoors or outdoors, but the indoor ones can only be used indoors. (Well, it's okay to leave indoor playpens out for a day or two and it's okay to get them a bit wet, as long as they get to come back inside to dry properly).
Indoor exercise pens on the other hand, will generally be easily on the flooring. For example, there are indoor playpens that are made out of canvas with a metal frame, so they won't scratch your floors.
So if it's going to a a bit of both, we always recommend people getting the outdoor type.
Consideration #2: How is it used
While most dog playpens are setup as a fully enclosd area, some people might actually use it as a divider, so the playpen does not close in on itself. When you intend to use the pen as a divider, you would need to get heavier and wider panels so they stand up better.
There are indoor pens that have rubber grips at the bottom so that they stay upright better and do not move as much. We have a particular type that comes with wall mounting brackets, so it can be used as a room divider. All outdoor types that can be hammered into the ground will also work really wall as a divider. So you can set them up around a veggie patch or flower bed to keep the dogs out.
Consideration #3: How you access the area
All playpens come with door panels for dogs to go in and out, but some are hard for human because the door is just a hole in the panel, so you would either need to step over it or open up the playpen to walk in. For the shorter playpens (i.e. up to 60cm in height), it's possible to just step in, but anything taller than that it becomes almost impossible.
Some playpens have open-top gates that allows human to go in and out. The entry is usually raised so it stops the dogs from rushung out when the door is opened.
Consideration #4: Size and height
Obvisouly you would need to pick a height where yours dogs cannot climb out or jump out. There are some escape artists out there that climb 1.8m fencing, so where your dog is one of them. Some playpens have optional soft tops you can buy and attach, or you may look at ones with wire roof like the one below:
Most playpens allow you to add on more panels to increase the floor size, so you can make it as big as you like.