If you’re a dog owner, you may be wondering if you should purchase a dog pen. Unlike kennels, which require a large outdoor area on your property, a dog pen functions as a temporary enclosure that grants your dog space to play and move about. Because of the assembly involved in erecting a kennel, kennels are generally considered a permanent structure on your property. A dog pen, meanwhile, takes seconds to put up and can be used in either an indoor or outdoor space.
Whether or not you need a dog pen depends on a number of factors. Do you own more than one dog? Are they high-energy or still in the excitable puppy phase? Can you devote time to monitoring their activity at all times? If your dog is high-energy or a puppy, then providing adequate play time is paramount to having a happy, healthy dog. Yet when left unsupervised, dogs do tend to get into mischief. If you have a couple of dogs and need a space where they can run and play safely and securely to burn off some excess energy, then a dog pen is probably right for you.
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A benefit of dog pens over kennels is that you can configure them and can place them both indoors and outdoors. Dog pens are available in a variety of panels, which can be used to restrict or expand to meet growing needs and to create different shaped configurations. Pens can also be joined together to make a larger pen or expansion panels can be used to expand the pen in small increments. Kennels, on the other hand, are better suited for your dog if you have a large, high-energy dog or several dogs. Unlike dog pens, kennels are absolutely escape-proof, big enough to house several dogs at once and impossible to knock down during a fit of excitement.
If a larger high-energy dog gets it in his mind to escape a dog pen (or if more than two dogs are confined in the pen at the same time), they can move the pen or knock it down. But for one or two dogs who are not larger or high-energy breeds, dog pens will keep your dogs safe and secure. To help you feel comfortable with penning your dogs, manufacturers use wire spacing and wire gauge to indicate the strength and durability of the pen. The closer the wire spacing, the stronger the pen, while the smaller the wire gauge, the thicker and more durable the wire is.
Dog pens are meant to hold not only your dogs but food and water bowls, a pet bed, toys and other items to keep them comfortable. With a dog pen, you can keep your dogs with you whether you’re inside relaxing or outside doing chores. You can also use a pen when guests, their children and/or their pets come by, to manage the group and keep everyone safe and comfortable.
Finally, if you need a place for your dogs to play or relax securely but your property does not have an exterior fence, then a dog pen is a must.
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