What You Need to Know Before Getting An Outdoor Dog Playpen
If you’re in the market for an outdoor dog playpen, you might think that you have a clear idea of all the considerations to focus on so you can make the right choice. Just to make sure that you do make a truly informed decision, here is a quick overview of what you need to keep in mind when shopping for an outdoor dog playpen.
Giving your beloved pooch an outdoor playpen is not something you should do on impulse, you have to make sure that you go about finding the right product with some sort of system or method in mind. Otherwise, it’s too easy to regret your decision. At that point in time, you would be in the mercy of the particular online retailer or offline big-buck store you got your pet playpen from.
Returning products that don’t fit or just a bad match for your purposes can easily burn out your time and the whole process can be a hassle. Spare yourself from all that unnecessary drama by paying attention to the following considerations
Different dogs have different needs
Dogs differ greatly from each other. I didn’t think you need me to remind you of that. However, you need to look past the obvious differences. Obviously, bigger breed dogs have bigger space needs than dogs of smaller size. But going beyond, the obvious each dog is unique. As a pet owner, you already know this. Each of your canine pets has their own specific personality and accordingly, their own set of needs.
Looking for an outdoor dog playpen is really a test of how well you know the particular temperament and personality of your canine companion. You may be in a situation where your pet is an otherwise small Chihuahua, but deep within that small, compact form lies the roaming behavior, as well as the energy levels of a much larger breed of dog.
I hope you see where I’m coming from here. Instead of resorting to automatic formulas regarding the size, breeds, and temperament, pay more attention to the individual peculiarities and personality of your dog so you can make the right choice of outdoor dog playpen model.
Consider the material of the playpen
Is your dog teething or likes to chew? Even if your dog is past the teething stage, you might still need n outdoor playpen that is made of chew-resistant material. If your dog has a chewing habit, it’s fairly obvious that you need to invest in a playpen that is chew-resistant. If your dog however, doesn’t have any chewing issues, then you can get away with less heavy duty materials.
Again, it pays off tremendously to pay close attention to your dog’s actual personality and behavior, instead of letting your pet’s breed or size dictate your choice of home pet furnishing.
Size still matters
To make sure that you dog won’t easily climb over the playpen, pay attention to the size of your dog. However, this is just a starting point. There are dogs that are fairly small, but are so energetic that they can jump. This is often overlooked by pet owners and they end up having to return the playpen because their pet constantly jumps over the barrier.
The good news is that there is an easy workaround if your dog is a jumper. You can invest in a playpen cover to ensure that they stay within that enclosed space. Still, by paying careful attention to the size of your dog, as well as the general activity patterns and habits of your dog, you can go a long way in preventing your pet’s escape.
Pay attention to your pet’s temperament
Last but definitely not least, you need to pay close attention to the overall temperament of your pet. Certain pets get stressed up fairly quickly if you put them in a confined area. It doesn’t really matter how long you’ve trained them. Oftentimes, regardless of how much effort you put into training for them to be less stressed, they are who they are.
You need to consider your pet’s overall temperament when deciding the final size of the playpen. If your pet gets stressed very easily, it’s probably a good idea to buy multiple panels for the playpen so you can give your pet as big of a confined space as possible. It also doesn’t hurt to invest in extra high panels so that your pet would feel that they are in a larger space overall.
Keep all these considerations in mind when looking at different outdoor dog playpen options. It’s always a good strategy to avoid headaches before they take place. By basing your purchasing decision on your pet’s individual specific needs, you increase your chances of making the right choice the first time around.