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Guide to Dog Pens
Dog pens are used for a variety of purposes, but their main purpose is to keep your dog safe. The key to using a pen successfully is understanding the size and type of pen you need for your pup. You can use pens with older dogs or puppies, but they serve different purposes in this case. Choosing the right size and type of pen will help train your pup faster!
What is Dog Pens?
A pen is primarily used with younger dogs but can be used with dogs of any age, its main purpose is to keep your dog safe and contained when you’re not around or are unable to supervise them. With puppies, dog pens (or smaller puppy pens) are used as a tool for potty training and learning when to chill out.
An expandable dog pen is very useful for potty training your pup, but it’s also good to keep in the car when traveling. It will keep him safe and contained while you go about your errands or run into a store, which is perfect if he has had an accident on his way home from the dog park!
What Size Dog Pens Are Best?
The first factor that comes into play when choosing which dog pen you want is its size. There are many factors involved here so it’s important to know what kind of space you have available before heading out shopping! Usually, big breeds require larger enclosures because bigger spaces equate with more room for jumping around (which means less damage to the pen itself).
The type of dog pens you choose will depend on your pup, his age, and how much training he has had. If he’s been potty trained for a while then it might be time to move up from an expandable dog pen or even a smaller puppy one! You could opt for something more permanent like a metal frame with wire panels so that there are no gaps where his little nose can slip through! With older dogs, some prefer soft-sided crates over other types because they collapse down pretty flat which makes them easy to store in between uses!
Best Dog Pens – FAQ
Are playpens good for dogs?
Although a dog playpen, or exercise pen for dogs, may not be the first thing on your must-have list, this piece of equipment is surprisingly useful.
Like a dog crate, they serve as a way to contain your dog.
But unlike a crate, they give him plenty of space to move around and play.
What size dog pen do I need?
Indoor pens are usually smaller than outdoor pens and it’s recommended that they be the following sizes:18 inches long for miniature dogs such as Maltese. 2½ foot long for dogs weighing up to 40 pounds, such as Cocker Spaniels. 3 foot long for dogs weighing up to 70 pounds such as Basset Hounds.
How long can you leave a dog in a playpen?
The truth is puppies need a LOT of your time.
They need us to be around to help them with potty training and socialization.
While an adult dog can be safely left alone for up to 10 – 12 hours on occasion, the general rule is to make the maximum absence just 4 – 5 hours.
Can I leave my puppy in a playpen while at work?
Use the puppy pen whenever you need to leave your pup unsupervised longer than they can be crated. Putting your puppy in their playpen is a great idea if you work from home, as it gives them a safe area to relax or play while you get some work done.
Is a playpen better than a crate?
Is a playpen better than a crate
Can I let my dog roam free?
Perhaps your dog loves to wander and explore as most dogs do.
Unfortunately, it is neither safe nor appropriate to allow your dog to roam free.
In general, dogs should not be allowed off-leash, even with supervision.
Should I ignore puppy crying at night?
In their first week or so, your puppy might feel worried about being without their dog’s family. We would never recommend ignoring your puppy when they cry at night, especially in their first few nights. Firstly, they may need the toilet, so it’s important to take them out to check.
What do you do with a puppy while at work?
You should encourage your puppy to enjoy their own space, whether that’s by crate training them or providing them with plenty of toys and other stimulation while they’re on their own. Someone popping in every few hours will also lessen any anxiety they may feel on their own too.
Should you have a crate and a pen for a puppy?
In general, crates work well during the night. You want your puppy to sleep then (not potter around) and confining him to a small space will make it likely that he wakes you up if he needs to go potty. During the day, however, a puppy pen works best.
Is it cruel to crate a dog while at work?
Leaving a puppy alone in a crate while at work is unacceptable. As a rule of thumb, you can leave a puppy in a crate for a maximum of 5 hours straight ONLY, depending on their age. Adult dogs can handle up to 8 hours of confinement, but it shouldn’t be an everyday thing.
Where should my dog sleep at night time?
If your dog gets into trouble at night it might be best to keep him in the bedroom or crate. Most dogs prefer to lie next to you and they would also sleep there if they could choose. This only shows how much they enjoy your presence and it’s also a sign that your dog trusts you!
Should I put my dog in a crate at night?
Once your dog is crate trained and house trained fully, you can leave the dog in a crate for up to 8 hours.
A three-month-old puppy should be fine in the crate for three hours.
Puppies should sleep in their crates at night, as this helps them learn to sleep through the night.
Is it cruel to keep the puppy in a playpen?
A playpen provides a safe environment
Can a 10-week old puppy sleep through the night?
A 10-week-old puppy can sleep through the night if your night is only about 6 hours long and you’re an early riser.
Some puppies even manage to sleep for 8 hours at 10 weeks old.
However, most puppies need a little longer and will only sleep for this long at about 16 weeks.
Is it OK to leave a puppy alone for 8 hours?
When your puppy’s alone time training has progressed enough that you can leave them alone for part of the day, but eight hours is still too much, a dog walker can be a perfect solution. Schedule the walk in the middle of the day, when your puppy is ready for company and the time is ripe for a potty break.
Should you let a puppy run around the house?
Puppies need lots of human interaction. If you’re home, he should mostly be around you, walking, running, playing or cuddling. If you’re busy with something around the house, keep him confined to the same room as you’re in by blocking off other rooms with baby gates, chairs, laundry baskets, or something similar.
Why crate training is bad?
Pet store and puppy mill puppies, who are born and raised in crate-like structures, tend to be difficult to housetrain, and they may experience severe anxiety and develop fearful and/or destructive behavior if they are confined to crates.
They may even injure themselves while trying to bite or scratch their way out.
What age should a puppy be house trained by?
between 12 weeks and 16 weeks
Experts recommend that you begin house training your puppy when they are between 12 weeks and 16 weeks old. At that point, they have enough control of their bladder and bowel movements to learn to hold it.
When should I stop crating my dog?
When to quit the crate
How far will a dog roam from home?
Big strong dogs, especially young ones, can run 5 miles or more.
Small dogs may be able to go half a mile at most.
Most dogs are recovered well within a two-mile circle of their home, especially because they normally will never run for an extended length in a straight line no matter how strong or fast they are.