You love your pup — that tiny, frolicking bundle of fur.
If you could, you would want to stick around and play with him for hours. But you can’t. And even if you stay at home for 24 hours, you can’t always keep a close eye on your young pup. He may face danger when you aren’t watching as risk lurks around every corner for a playful, young dog, which makes it all the more important to get him a pet playpen.
A playpen is an open space where your furry friend can enjoy safe playtime. You can even set up a bed and dog toys inside to add more comfort and fun. Below are the benefits of having a pet playpen which demonstrate why it makes sense to get one for your beloved pooch.
Puppies have a curious nature, so it’s common for them to move around wherever they are. They will be sniffing around, wandering about, tasting and biting or chewing at anything new or fascinating for them.
This can be quite dangerous if they make contact or ingest chemicals or chew through electronic devices lying around. When you have things to do, you can leave your pooch inside a playpen to ensure his safety.
As a pet owner with your pup’s best interest at heart, you should consider his safety as a top priority. Pet playpens offer just that for your beloved pooch while allowing him adequate space to be active and comfortable.
Keep your home in one piece
Along with your pup’s safety, a playpen also ensures the welfare of your house. Puppies can be a rambunctious lot and you never know when they’ll wreak havoc on your belongings. Placing your pup inside a pet playpen ensures that he won’t end up chewing your shoes or damaging your furniture.
While crates are good for bedtime and travel, they don’t provide enough freedom for your pooch to have fun.
Dogs don’t like being cooped up inside a cage, and a pet playpen allows just enough freedom for your canine without putting him in harm’s way. You may even want to add in some food, bed, blankets, and toys to make the playpen more homey and comfortable.
There’s no feeling of isolation
At times when you have guests and they’re not at ease with your pup, you may need to separate your pooch. Instead of locking your dog away or placing him inside a crate, use a playpen to separate him from people. This way, he won’t feel isolated and deprived of your company.
Set up the playpen where your pooch can still see you while you attend to your guests.
It’s understandable why you don’t want to bring your pup into the yard. After all, dogs love to dig and they can end up ruining your beautiful garden. But with a playpen, you can bring your pup outdoors without worrying about him damaging your beloved plants.
Playpens are not just for indoor use, they are quite flexible as you can use them anywhere you want, even outdoors. If you want your beloved pooch to enjoy some fresh air, all you have to do is set up a playpen outside. You get to allow your dog to have his playtime in a natural environment while keeping yourself at ease.
How to Choose a Playpen
There are several types of playpens to choose from, so it can be overwhelming to choose only one. Here’s what you should look for when choosing which one is right for your pup:
- Height – Playpens can be high or low. This can be a major cause for concern if your pup can easily jump over it. If you’re trying to keep your pup confined, make sure you get a playpen at the right height.
- Size – Puppies vary in size so make sure to pick a playpen where your dog can fit and move around comfortably.
- Materials – Some playpens are made of plastic, and some are made of metal or wood. Focus more on durability to ensure the test of time especially if your pooch is hyperactive and loves to chew on most anything.
- Cost – As much as possible, don’t get the cheapest playpen you can find. The point is you need to secure your pup while he has his fun. A cheap playpen may easily break or come apart at a bad time.
- Versatility – A puppy can grow so fast so you may have to take this into account. Height is indeed an important factor but diameter and the overall footprint of the playpen are essential, too. Keep in mind that a cramped in pooch may not enjoy his playtime.
A puppy needs a place to channel all his energy while staying safe. As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to facilitate this. Use a playpen to create a structured environment where your pup can play his heart out and still be safe.
Andrew Kevan has been the Account Manager at Sandleford Holdings since 2016. He studied at Monash University and completed his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Zoology. Andrew is the owner of a beautiful Rottweiler named Lady who is constantly spoiled and loves her Fido & Fletch Large Pet Home.