All dogs need daily exercise and a place to play, but it's not always convenient to let them freely roam the house or yard. That's where dog playpens can come in handy! However, when it comes to the best dog playpen for you and your furry friend, one size does not fit all!
Our top 10 list of the best dog playpens will give you a preview of what type of options are available, including our number one pick MyPet North States Petyard Passage. If our list doesn't give you enough ideas to get started on your search, our buying guide offers tips on what to look for in your next dog playpen.
When choosing a playpen for your dog, it's important to consider your dog's size, energy level, breed characteristics, and what the playpen is made out of. All dogs are unique so you want to ensure their exercise space is big enough and keeps them secure.
|Panels||8, 6, 4|
|Features||Portable, skid-resistant pads, lockable door|
|Features||Rust-preventative coating, ground stakes, foldable|
|Features||Pop-up assembly, water resistant, zippered top and door|
|Features||Rust resistant, lockable door|
|Panels||4, 6, 8|
|Features||Lockable door, customizable|
|Features||Easy setup, lockable door|
|Features||Transparent panels, anti-slip mats, cable ties|
|Panels||8, 16, 24, 32|
|Features||Lockable door, rounded edges, foldable|
|Material||Oxford cloth, mesh|
|Features||Portable, locking zippers, removable cover, washable floor mat|
|Material||Heavy gauge wire|
|Features||Double-latch door, ground anchors, corner stabilizers|
New World Pet Products
Ruff 'n Ruffus
IRIS USA, Inc.
IRIS USA, Inc.
North States Petyard Passage
Foldable Exercise Pet Playpen
Portable Foldable Pet Playpen
Pet Playpen with Door
Wire Open Pet Pen
Heavy Duty Pet Playpen
Portable Foldable Pet Dog Playpen
Playpen for Dogs
Durable, Customizable, and Convenient
Best Playpen for Medium-Sized Dogs
Playpen That's Great for Travel
Heavy-Duty Pen for Larger Dogs
Playpen That's Good for Smaller Breeds
Great for Indoor Use
Great for Indoor Use and Small Dogs
Good for Small or Medium Dogs
A Travel Play Pen With Extras
Good for Both Puppies and Older Dogs
|Material||Plastic||Metal||Nylon, mesh||Metal||Plastic||Metal||Metal, plastic||Metal||Oxford cloth, mesh||Heavy gauge wire|
|Height||26 in.||30 in.||17 in.||40 in.||24 in.||28 in.||28 in.||40 in.||17.5 in.||30 in.|
|Panels||8, 6, 4||8||8||8, 16||4, 6, 8||4||12||8, 16, 24, 32||8||8|
|Features||Portable, skid-resistant pads, lockable door||Rust-preventative coating, ground stakes, foldable||Pop-up assembly, water resistant, zippered top and door||Rust resistant, lockable door||Lockable door, customizable||Easy setup, lockable door||Transparent panels, anti-slip mats, cable ties||Lockable door, rounded edges, foldable||Portable, locking zippers, removable cover, washable floor mat||Double-latch door, ground anchors, corner stabilizers|
Dog playpens come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. When looking for one that will suit you and your pet, it's a good idea to consider how active your dog is. Take a look at your pet's breed characteristics, how well the dog behaves when left alone, how much room your dog needs, and where you'll be using the pen.
Some dogs are naturally more active than others or need more room to exercise and stretch out. Younger dogs or breeds that can become bored easily may need a pen made of sturdy materials and fewer opportunities to escape. Your dog's age, weight, and size can also impact what type of pen will work best.
Some high-energy breeds like border collies and terriers may need larger spaces to run and play than less active breeds like bulldogs. Besides your pet's energy levels, you'll want to evaluate whether your dog likes to jump or has a strong prey drive.
If your dog gets excited and distracted easily by squirrels and bunnies, you may want to consider a secure cover for the top of the pen. You may also want to cover the sides while you're away from home or if you need to leave your dog in an outside area.
Finally, look at your dog's height and weight to determine the proper pen size. Heights typically come in 24, 32, 34, 40, and 45 inches. Smaller dogs that don't have a tendency to jump will do well with smaller heights, while larger dogs that like to scale fences will need taller pens.
Puppies and younger dogs are more likely to have extra energy and need more space to play. They may also be less tolerant of being restricted in a playpen for longer hours.
Adult dogs can have medium to high energy levels, but are more tolerant of being restricted to pens for extended periods of time. Senior dogs are likely to be the least active and larger spaces may not be appropriate due to medical conditions like arthritis or fading eyesight. Fewer panels can serve older dogs better.
Well-behaved dogs that do not get bored easily or have a tendency to become destructive may be able to be trusted easier. Placing them in outdoor pens could be more practical than the indoor pens that are necessary for less well-behaved canines.
When looking for a pen, you may want to add some extra features. For example, some pens come with doors, while others do not. These doors can be latched from the outside, but more "intelligent" or "curious" dogs may figure out how to open them from the inside.
More elaborate or premium pens can come with mats for additional training or comfort needs. Other indoor and travel pens may have skylights and windows to let your dogs "see" outside.
Your dog's exercise needs and characteristics can impact what type of materials will work best. Sturdier pens made of metal and iron can be good for larger and high-energy breeds. Durability and sturdiness can also be more important when using pens outdoors.
The great thing about plastic is that it's waterproof and lightweight, making it easier to carry and use outdoors. Plastic is a rust-resistant material that is versatile enough to also work within indoor environments. However, it's not as durable or strong enough for large, active, or destructive-prone breeds.
Metal is both durable and waterproof, making these pens a good choice for both indoor and outdoor use. It's is also heavier and sturdier. These pens work better for large and active dogs. However, metal is not recommended for puppies or pets with special needs, as they can get hurt more easily or get stuck in-between the bar openings.
Travel and portable pens are often made with fabric or mesh since they are lightweight and can be collapsed for easy storage. These types of pens are less durable and not recommended for active dogs that can turn destructive when left alone. Breeds that become bored easily and that are prone to chewing and digging should not use these pens.
When searching for the perfect dog playpen, consider whether you may need to add on to it or customize it in the future as your dog ages. Look at how easy the playpen is to set up and take down. Also, check to see if the pen is sturdy and can be anchored indoors or outdoors.
If you travel with your dog, determine whether you want your main playpen to be portable or you need a second one that's designed for portability on the road or fits in a dog sitter's house. Look at the different shapes you can make with the pen's panels and whether you'll be using the pen in your home or an outdoor area.
Playpens are great for playing and containing your pup in general, but did you know that they can also provide a controlled environment that's great for training? Watch the video above to learn some tips and tricks!
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Our dogs reward us with years of wagging tails and companionship. As extended members of our families, it's only natural that we want to give them the best. Playpens are one of the ways we make sure they're comfortable when we can't keep a close eye on them.
Before you pick out a dog playpen, think about your dog's behaviors and habits. Consider the amount of space your dog will need, whether your dog has a lot of energy, and what kind of material will suit those habits. With these main points in mind, you'll be on your way to finding a suitable playpen in no time!
Author: Helen Akers
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