Collapsible or foldable designs prove to be most convenient as they can easily be expanded into larger enclosures or transported to different areas of the home.
Expandable designs are usually cost efficient since they can be adjusted once the puppy grows into an adult dog.
Some of the enclosures with interlocking panels can also be converted to be used as freestanding pet gates.
Allocating space within an enclosure gives your dog a sense of privacy, independence, and personalized space. A trained dog that is given ample space and time for playtime has less anxiety, chews less and is a properly well-balanced dog.
When choosing a pet enclosure, the size should be relative to the size of the pet. The dog should be able to move around and lie down comfortably. Height of the playpen should also be considered. When choosing a roofed enclosure, the playpen should have enough headroom for the dog.
Other features to take into consideration are size of panels and material used, and if the enclosure is built for indoor or outdoor use.
Here are some of the top rated designs.
Midwest Black E-Coat Exercise Pen
The Midwest Black E-Coat Exercise Pen is a versatile and roomy exercise enclosure built from durable metal material with E-Coat finish that resists corrosion and rust. It is designed with eight foldable metal rail panels than can be formed into different shapes. Each panel is 24 inches wide but come in different heights to fit small to medium and large sized dogs. It is durable, lightweight, and easy to assemble.
It has ground hooks that safely secure the pen outdoors. It also includes polymer clips to secure each panel in place so that the exercise pen holds well. It has corner stabilizers to protect hardwood floor and keep it from tipping over especially when pushed from different angles.Its design can be folded flat for convenient storage and easy to transport.
IRIS 8-panel Plastic Pen
The IRIS 8-panel pen is an ideal enclosure for small to medium and large sized pets.
It comes with interlocking panels built with durable high-impact molded durable plastic material. It includes a walk-through door panel conveniently secured with reinforced double steel hinges. For added safety and security, a latch type lock is also included. It is easy to assemble. Assembly is easy with its slide and fit design that requires no tools or additional hardware. Each panel is 36 inches wide and 23 inches tall. It provides above 21 square feet of space.It is lightweight, easy to move around and folds flat when not in use. It does not have sharp edges and will not scratch the floor.
It is expandable and additional panels can be bought separately to further extend the space area. A mesh roof may also be bought separately for convenient outdoor use. Available in a variety of colors. Manufactured in the USA.
BestPet Heavy Duty Pet Playpen
This BestPet Pet Playpen is a large freestanding unit made of heavy metal. It features heavy duty tube frame. It is 40-inch tall. It is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. It consists of 8 panels. One of the panels has a door. The door is 13 inches wide. The panels are held together with a metal rod. Each panel is 31 inches. The spacing between the wires is 1.5-inch wide. The circumference of the playpen is 20 feet.
It is versatile and can be set up as an octagon, trapezoid or rectangle. It is easy to setup. You can buy additional panels to make it larger. When not in use, you have to take it apart for easy storage. It can also be used as a barrier like a zigzag gate.
ESK Collection Puppy Dog Playpen Exercise Pen
This Exercise Pen is made of oxford waterproof cloth material with bendable wire frame. There are breathable mesh screens on the top and the sides. It has an eight panel design with a 12-inch tall mesh door. It is 24-inches tall and 48-inches in diameter. It is easy to assemble. The bottom is made of Vinyl material. The bottom is removable for easy cleaning. It has in-built storage pockets located at the side for storage of pet supplies. The top and bottom are removable and closed with a zipper.
The material is washable and easy to clean. It folds down for compact storage. It is lightweight, portable and easy to carry around. A travel tote to carry and store the playpen is included. You can easily interact with your puppies if they are immobile. It is ideal for puppies and small dogs.
Richell Convertible 3-in-1 Play-Pen
The Ritchell Convertible 3-in-1 Play-Pen is built with blow-moulded durable plastic material. It consists of six panels each measuring 29-inch wide by 35 inches in height and can be configured into various shapes such as a rectangle, an octagon, or extended into a barrier about 174 inches long. Each panel cap that locks the panels in position is specially designed to allow a 60 degree, 90 degree, or 120 degree angle lock for versatile assembly and added stability.
It is ideal for puppies and small to medium sized dogs of up to 88 pounds. The plastic slats are spaced 1.25 inches apart. It includes a gate door with safety lock .Sold separately are custom accessories such as floor tray and pet comfort mat. Available in Brown And Mocha colors.
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4-Panel Pink Containment Pet-Pen
This 4-Panel pet-pen in bright pink adds fun and whimsy to the design which makes it great for both indoor and outdoor use. The pet pen is a 4 panel made from heavy-duty molded plastic material. It measures 35 inch by 35 inch by 24 inches in height and provides more than 8 square feet of space. Ideal for puppies and small to medium dogs.
The bottom part of each panel has rubber non-skid feet that keeps that pet pen in place and prevents floors from being scratched. It is lightweight in design and simple to setup and disassemble. The panel can be expanded with additional panels that can be brought separately. It folds up easily when not in use. Also available in blue color. Made in the USA.
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