(Closed) Puppy "play pen."

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have two Chihuahuas and when they were puppies (like less than a pound), I put them in a baby pack ‘n play. They were so tiny that it was huge for them! I wanted to make sure that they were safe while I was gone, yet still give them some space. It worked well!!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

This is going to sound crazy….but, when they’re that small, you can put a towel in the bottom of a rectangular laundry basket and that’s the exact same thing…plus it has handles and after puppy is done being SUPER little, hey, new laundry basket.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  is she house trained? If she is, that would be perfect, if she’s not, be prepared for some accidents in the pin. I hated using a crate for my pup but it really helped when we first got her to keep accidents from happening. I would only leave her for short amounts of time which helped ease the guilt!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I crate trained all my dogs.  Also, since two of them are great danes, it isn’t like any sort of play pen would contain them- they just sort of step over the edge :/

I liked using the crate for feeding as well as for containing them in a safe area during the work day.  I never use the crate as punishment, rather just a safe place to be, to eat, to sleep, and to be uninterrupted by other dogs &/or visitors.  Once they got used to it, they would go in there and nap or lay around on their own.

Now that they’re older we don’t use the crates, but it was a wonderful training tool when they were less trustworthy in the house.  We do still gate off the downstairs of the house (their food is down there) but we have to stack two baby gates, one atop the other, otherwise they can just jump over them.  They have free run of the rest of the house all day, and rarely have any issues at all.

ETA- I saw your update the she’s not house trained yet- I highly suggest crate training for that!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  do you use puppy pads already? I was going to use them when I got our pup but when I went to the pet store to get them, the vet actually told us that she doesn’t think they help with the potty-training process but actually hinder it because they encourage the dogs to potty inside. But I have known some people to use them too. If you take her out right before you leave, leave her with some toys, and aren’t gone long, maybe you’ll get lucky and she won’t have an accident while you’re gone though!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

We have a baby gate up for our pup in the kitchen. His antler slipped under the over yesterday so he chewed on the baby gate instead. He took a great big chunk out of it but otherwise, it does a great job.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

We had a play pen for our dog and it worked out great.  We would put his bed in it, water, a pee pad and some toys.  He liked it way more than a crate and never had a problem being in there.  He also slept in there until he was potty trained.

We had something like this

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My dogs both hated crates as puppies. Surprisingly, as adults, they seem to have forgotten how much they hated crates and now will enjoy crate time now and then.

When they were puppies, we just locked them up in the bathroom with pads, dog bed, food and water. We set up a gate/barrier so the door stays open but they can’t escape. This works if your dog doesn’t chew up your bathroom like ours. Our neighbor did this and her dog chewed up the bathroom walls/door frame.

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