Why invest in a dog pen?
Containing your dog when you can’t supervise them, a dog pen can be an extremely useful acquisition. Robust and durable, an indoor dog pen or outdoor dog pen will serve you well for as long as you need it and could make all the difference. At Time for Paws, we are delighted to bring you the outstanding Henry Wag 6 Sided Pet Pen With Base which folds flat for easy storage when not in use.
Indoor or outdoor, you decide!
If there are times when you need to contain your pooch, a dog pen could be for you. Your dog will learn to remain calm in their pen and it will enable you to introduce new pets safely before allowing your animals to be left alone together. Young dogs can be confined to a pen at night to prevent them from exploring or destroying your home. Better still, their toilet accidents will be limited to a small area. You can also grab a little peace while you are eating or entertaining guests and keep your pet away from small children.
Choosing the right dog pen
Always ensure that your pen is of a suitable size for your pooch. Your dog should be able to stand up, lie down and turn around inside their pen with ease. Metal pens can sometimes be joined together to form a larger space, if you need to contain more than one dog and you should check your chosen pen for any issues such as sharp edges before using it.
Introducing your dog to its new pen
It’s best to introduce your puppy to its pen from an early age as they will be more accepting of their confinement. Older dogs may require a bribe or several to lure them in and settle them down. Never force your dog into the pen as this will inspire fear and don’t give up if your pet is initially resistant to being confined. If your household is busy and you have several pets, your dog may eventually view their pen as a haven where they can rest undisturbed.
A pen is not a prison
You should limit use of your pen to periods of no more than four hours during the day. It is not a prison and dogs will eventually become bored, leading to behavioural issues. Praise your dog for remaining calm and only confine them to their pen when absolutely necessary.
Want to read more, then Purina has an excellent article about dog/puppy pens