Puppy playpen ideas

A playpen is a must-have for puppy owners. If you let your puppy run all over the house, you can’t avoid trouble. And in the playpen, your new friend will be safe and can’ t destroy things in your home.

In this article, I’ve put together lots of ideas for puppy playpens. You’ll learn how to choose a puppy pen and how to set it up.

What is the best puppy pen?

There are several types of playpens for dogs: metal, soft and plastic. Below, I’ll tell you about each material.

Some tips for buyers:

  • It’s a good idea to buy a playpen with a removable roof and floor so you can use them when needed. But you can also buy these accessories separately.
  • Look for adjustable playpens that you can enlarge over time.
  • Portability is also important, so you can easily fold up/down the entire construction.
  • Pay attention to the compactness of the playpen so that it will not take up much space in the house.

Metal playpens

Metal playpens are suitable for large breeds of dogs. They will last you for many years. This option is more suitable for outdoor use, but you can also use them indoors.

Pros
  • Metal is more secure and durable

  • You can change the size of these playpens as your puppy gets older

Cons
  • Usually, their price is a little higher

  • Heavier weight

  • Unattractive look

I don’t recommend pens with thin wires, because they can cause injuries if your pet tries to get out. Owners of large, hyperactive pups should be especially careful.

Opt for playpens with sturdy bars and ideally with a durable coating to prevent rust.

Examples of good metal dog kennels:

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Plastic playpen for puppies

Some people don’t like the look of metal playpens. Also, they may not fit in the interior of the house. Therefore, you can choose plastic as an alternative. But the product must be made of molded, durable plastic.

Pros
  • They can be adjusted and folded for storage and transportation.

  • More attractive appearance

Cons
  • Not as durable as metal

  • Dogs can chew through plastic

I liked the IRIS USA playpen because it is sturdy and stable. The lock on the doors is also trustworthy. The seller offers different sizes for small and large dogs.

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Soft Playpen

A soft playpen is suitable for small dog breeds that are calm and not prone to disruptive behavior. Otherwise, your purchase won’t last long.

Pros
  • Lighter weight

  • Easy setup and transportation

  • Don’t take up much space

  • Nice look

Cons
  • Lack of stability (which means such a playpen can collapse when the puppy jumps on the wall)

  • You will not be able to increase the size of such a playpen over time

You will have to work hard to find a really good soft playpen. Pay attention to the material and the quality of the seams and zippers. I liked this one –

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What to put in the playpen?

To make your puppy love his pen, you need to set it up properly. There should be a lounge area, a play area, and a dining area. Below I’ve listed all the things you’ll need for this.

Crate

I recommend putting a crate in the playpen to give your puppy a shelter and a place to rest. Leave the crate door open so your puppy can get in whenever he wants.

This way, your puppy will get used to his crate and this habit will make your life much easier in the future. You may need the crate for transporting the dog to the vet or when traveling.

Bed

Soft beds are NOT safe for puppies. For the littlest fur babies, it’s best to make a crate den and put a chew-proof crate bed inside.

For puppies older than 1 year, you can set up a soft bed. This can be a tentor hut shaped bed. Dogs like to snuggle in a quiet place, hidden from prying eyes.

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If you want to set the playpen in the backyard, I advise you to choose a special outdoor dog bed. It is not afraid of dirt and water.

Toys

Put a few toys there to keep your puppy from getting bored in his pen. Puppies need toys to chew on because they’re teething. Also, chewing has a calming effect on dogs.

One of my favorite toys is the Kong. You can fill it with peanut paste or other treats.

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An interactive treat ball is also a good idea. Such toys can keep your puppy occupied for a long time.

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I recommend using the toy from the very first days when the puppy is getting to know the playpen. The toy helps to create positive associations.

It’s best to have unique toys for the playpen that you’ll give to your puppy only there. In one of my articles you’ll find many good ideas for the best dog toys for the crate. They also fit in the playpen.

Food or water bowls

You should only put food in the playpen when you leave your dog alone for long periods of time (more than 1 hour). Otherwise, you just need a bowl with water.

I like the non-spilling bowls and the slow-feeder bowl.

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Other

There are a few other things you can use, but this is optional:

  • diffuser with calming pheromones (to calm your pet);
  • a pet camera (to keep track of what’s going on in the playpen).

I would like to recommend you the PETCUBE BITES 2 LITE camera. With this camera, you can even talk to your puppy and treat him:


Petcube Bites 2 Lite – $124.95

Smart HD pet camera with treat dispenser, 160 lens, and 2-way audio

What do you put on the floor of a puppy pen? To protect the floor inside the house, you can use a piece of plywood or a non-slip mat. And outside you can use a playpen with a waterproof floor.

Puppy playpen ideas photo and video

I’ve picked up some photos showing how you can make a puppy playpen. 

FAQ

Is a crate or a playpen better for a puppy?

It is better to have both, as they serve different purposes. A playpen is just a safe place for a puppy. And a crate can be used for transportation and create a daily schedule for a puppy. A playpen can replace a crate only at home.

Where to put the playpen in the house?

It should be a quiet corner in your house with no constant traffic. However, don’t put it in an isolated room. Instead, you should go to the playpen regularly and check how your fur baby is doing.

Should you put potty or pee pads in the playpen?

It’s better not to put the potty in the playpen. After all, it’s your job to teach your puppy to go to the bathroom outside. It’s better to take him for a walk before you lock him in the playpen. Only use the potty in the playpen as a last resort if you need to leave your pet for an extended period of time.

When can I start using the playpen?

Use the playpen from the first days your puppy is in the house. This way you can avoid many accidents.

Summary

A puppy playpen is a great idea for puppy owners:

  • it keeps the little troublemakers from roaming freely around the house and intruding where they don’t belong;
  • helps them learn to go to the toilet in a certain place;
  • helps the puppy to get used to the crate;
  • the puppy learns to spend time alone.

You can use the playpen when you have chores or work to do, or when you need to calm an overlyexcited puppy. In general, I recommend all dog owners have this equipment!

Send us pictures of your playpens! We’d love to see what you guys are doing.


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