There are a number of playpen and exercise pen varieties available for your use to choose from.
Starting with actual baby or puppy playpens with mesh or fabric siding,
collapsible types w. mesh siding, more or less flexible wire and
plastic side panel configurations such as play yards and exercise pens,
and much more...
Where to buy...
Actual puppy or baby playpens
used for younger or tiny puppies can be found at large box stores
[Walmart, Kmart, Target, etc], Baby Stores [Babys'R US, Toys'R US,
etc], some larger Pet Stores may carry them as well. And of course
there are countless online sources for them as well.
Play yards and Exercise pens may be found in some children's stores and larger pet stores may carry some of them as well - but the best variety and selection and price can usually be found online.
You also may be able to find used ones on fleamarkets, yard + garage sales and in second hand baby stores. If you are buying a used playpen, be sure to thoroughly clean and disinfectit prior to using it for your new pup!!!
I would like to recommend Amazon.com
to you, as you can price shop from a number of different vendors at the
same location, and purchase other needed puppy supplies at the same
time and get often combined [and sometimes during special promotions -
free] shipping in most cases.
fairness reasons I need to say that I get a small [very small - about
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I'm doing this in hopes that it will help paying for the upkeep, maintenance and webhosting renewal fees for this free to you Puppy Care Website,
whose expenses during the last two years have been solely coming out of
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items I haven't tried before, and do hands on [and paws on] testing
and reviewing of them, for you to recommend to [or not if it is a
waste of money] as the case may be, for your own future use...
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Puppy/& Baby Playpens
When I discuss the playpen for a young teacup or tiny puppy
- the following types are what I have in mind. They are either soft
sided - with cloth, plastic fabric sides or mesh siding [or a
combination of both], collapsible and easy to transport or move around
the home. Most are very sturdy and will stay looking nice until your pup
is housebroken and of a safe size to freely roam in your home. Many
have wheels on one side - you can simply lift them up on one side [pup
and all] and move around the house as you go through your day...
For toy puppies that mature in the 7-12# range,
I would recommend something a bit sturdier, like the second row of
examples below. These playpens have either plastic or plastic-coated
wire panels, some models are flexible and can be adjusted to be used as
gates as well. These will hold up better to the activity level of a
slightly larger pup, that may chew or try to climb out of a baby playpen
as it gets older and more adventurous...
Pop-Up Exercise Pens
These are the latest rage for small puppy care and also often used for adult
toy breeds. I have not given these a pop-up playpens a try yet - simply
because I do not believe that they will hold up reliably for multiple
puppy use [as I would require being a breeder] in the long run. I personally prefer a somewhat sturdier model
[like the examples above or below] - as mine probably get used and
abused more than the average pet households playpens.
I would love some feedback on these from folks that have successfully used them. For all that I
know - they work well. I know they are lightweight and easy to fold,
carry and store and if anything - I would probably use them for
traveling or for the pups to get some sunshine outside in the yard...
Play Yards & Toddler's Play Areas
These are usually made out of durable plastic, clean up very nicely with
a water hose and are usually very long lasting. Most models are flexible
in configuration and adaptable to the space you want to use, and they
work very well both for inside and outside use. Most of them fold down
to the size of a single panel, and while they are larger and heavier
than most playpens, they are still easy to transport or move to
different parts of the home.
I often use these with
older puppies if they haven't found a home yet that need a bit more
space, or for larger toy/mini breed puppies that mature in the 10+ pound
range. They also work well for adult teacup and tiny dogs, or if you
have multiple pets you want to contain in the same area.
Traditional Exercise Pens aka[ExPens
These are a more permanent solution and often used for outside use for
dogs of all sizes, although they are perfectly fine for inside as well.
They come in a variety of panel heights and configurations, and the
spacing between the bars is usually close enough to keep teacup and tiny
puppies from squeezing through. With some manufacturers you can buy
individual panels to add to the base package, allowing for more room to
play and romp.
Tiny and toy size puppies will still need
supervision when outside in these, as they are just the right size for
birds of prey, large cats, dogs and coyotes to be considered a nice
appetizer. Do not allow your teacup and tiny puppies to be outside
without proper supervision. Please build or use an Expen Cover if the
pup spends any time alone outside and remember to check on it frequently!!!
The care suggestions and advice given on this website are deemed to be correct and proven to work via 15+ years of successfully breeding & raising teacup and tiny puppies by the author. They do not substitute a trip to the vet or replace regular veterinarian care as needed!!!
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