ESK COLLECTION Pet Puppy Dog Playpen Exercise Pen Review
The ESK COLLECTION Pet Puppy Dog Playpen Exercise Pen is one of the more popular soft-sided, portable playpens in the market, featuring a spacious design, excellent portability, some pretty useful features, and considerate upgrades such as a zipper-based detachable bottom, presumably after negative feedback over the velcro-based one. It has two doors, a detachable bottom and top, eight mesh panels as its sides, and is folds very easily for storage and carrying.
The playpen’s array of features, and versatility means it can be used for a wide range of small to medium-sized pets, and being fairly economically priced considering what it offers, it’s proven to be a popular purchase.
We’ll examine the various features and functionality of the ESK COLLECTION Pet Puppy Dog Playpen Exercise Pen more closely through this review, allowing you to judge for yourself whether this is the most suitable option for your home.
A Spacious and Fairly Sturdy Build
The ESK COLLECTION Pet Puppy Dog Playpen Exercise Pen is stands at a good size when unfolded, with dimensions of approximately 48 inches in diameter, and 24 inches in height. It can house pretty much any small to medium-sized pet, but may not be ideal for larger dogs and so on. It’s excellent for puppies and kittens, with oodles of space to play around inside, and with room enough to also have their beds, feeding bowls and toys inside. This playpen is an excellent choice to keep a litter of puppies or kittens safe and secure, and with the top off, the mother can monitor them easily, and come and go as she pleases.
The frame holds quite well to pressure, and there is little chance of it collapsing, unless you have a particularly strong or active dog. The material, too, is durable enough to withstand most escape attempts, although the mesh windows may not hold against sustained attempts to rip through them. You have to ultimately train your pet to resist the urge to tear the interiors apart, and just relax when inside.
The prime feature of these soft-sided and foldable playpens is their portability, and the ESK COLLECTION Pet Puppy Dog Playpen Exercise Pen doesn’t disappoint in this regard. It is pre-assembled, needing no tools for setup, and folds back down very easily too. The carrying case that comes with it is excellent to store it away, or carry it along with you if you wish to take your pet along on your rides or trips.
It’s also quite light, considering the main material used is fabric, so you can also move it around within your home with ease. Now your dog need not be confined to one spot in the house, and you can keep him or her company wherever you are.
The playpen also features a removable bottom, so you can use it outside without the floor, by anchoring the playpen to the ground using the stakes that come with it. There are loops on the outside of the playpen where the stakes go in. Now you don’t have to worry about your pet struggling around inside and flipping the playpen over or dragging it along the ground.
The ESK COLLECTION Pet Puppy Dog Playpen Exercise Pen’s various features make it very useful in a variety of situations. The ease of cleaning the fabric, combined with the removable top and bottom makes it excellent for housebreaking or crate training, when your dog or cat is most likely to make a few messes. Best to restrict the effort in cleaning to the playpen.
It’s also great, as mentioned earlier, when you have a litter on hand – helps you keep a better eye on the young ones, while also making the mother’s job much easier. Besides, it’s way more comfortable than a crate. You can also carry the playpen outside, if you wish, for a change of scenery, when you’re too apprehensive of letting your pet roam free.
The portability of this playpen allows you to carry your pet along when you’re traveling too, if you so wish. With this in hand, you’re no longer forced to find the elusive sitter, or worse, lock your pet up in his crate for extended periods.
The ESK COLLECTION Pet Puppy Dog Playpen Exercise Pen has some thoughtful features to it, such as the mesh windows and top which allow healthy ventilation, while also letting your pet have a good view of the surroundings, and allowing you to keep an eye on things.
The velcro bottom from a previous version has been done away with, heeding complaints of weaknesses, and the playpen now features a much more secure zippered-on bottom. There are also some other small, but useful features, like the exterior pockets, to store pet food or any small accessories you’d like to keep around.
Can Be Ineffective With Large Or Active Pets
The ESK COLLECTION Pet Puppy Dog Playpen Exercise Pen is primarily designed the average small-to-medium sized breed of dog, or cats and other smaller animals. Also, it’s not built to contain pets that are overly active, or dislike confinement to the extent that they’re constantly looking to escape. For them, unfortunately, you’re going to have to stick to a hardy old crate. Persistent scratching and biting at the mesh may rip or shred it enough to allow escape.
Also, some of the material, such as the zippers, may not be as strong as you’d like if you, again, have a particularly spirited dog or the likes. This is, after all, a relatively economically priced product, and the quality of the material used cannot be expected to be quite as premium as in those priced significantly higher than this one.
Can Be A Little Hard, Or Confusing, To Fold Down
While this is not a recurring complaint, but it might be worth mentioning that a few owners have found it hard to figure out how to collapse or fold he playpen for storing or carrying. The instructions that come with the playpen might not be quite sufficiently detailed for all customers.
The ESK COLLECTION Pet Puppy Dog Playpen Exercise Pen is quite a good buy and offers great value for its price. It is thoughtfully designed, very spacious, durable, and fairly secure, depending on how spirited your pet tends to be when zipped in. Its great portability, light weight and easy setup make it orders more useful than most regular playpens, makes life easier, and more convenient for you, as well as your pet.
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