by Janice Jones |Last Updated April 21, 2021
Pet enclosures are a necessity if you are adopting or purchasing a small animal such as a rabbit or guinea pig, but do you really need one for your little dog?
I honestly thought that anyone with a dog shouldn’t need or want to keep him in an enclosure as if he were a hamster until I got my first puppy. My life changed overnight when a puppy took up residence in my home.
Small puppies are great; they are pure love and their entire raison d'être is to fill your heart with joy. Playful, curious, often clumsy and funny, puppies are a joy, but they are also a living being that needs care, love, and protection from you, the owner.
They also deserve an education, err, housebreaking, training basic skills, socialization and so much more. I got my first puppy years and years ago when pet enclosures were not readily available, but once I found out about pet enclosures, I would never have a puppy or even a small dog without one.
I have come to love the peace of mind knowing my puppy is safe and secure within his little enclosure.
But don’t take my word for it. What do other pet owners have to say about pet enclosures? Here are some real quotes from Amazon buyers about pet enclosures.
There are many reasons why you might want to use a pet enclosure for a puppy or adult dog. These four comments come from verified buyers on Amazon, but I’d like to discuss a few more reasons why a pet enclosure might be a good idea for your dog.
As I mentioned previously, pet enclosures were limited when I got my first puppy nearly a half-century ago. Today, we have many containment choices.
The most popular types of pens are made from hard plastics, coated wire metal, waterproof cloth, stainless steel, wood, or a combination of several kinds of materials.
Enclosures also differ by size dimensions and height, some being more appropriate for outdoors and others that can be used indoors. Some are fold-able and can be used either inside or out.
For the truly handy person, different custom enclosures are a possibility, but for the rest of us, we need to rely on what is available commercially.
Before your purchase, you need to be clear why and how you will use the enclosure. If you are planning to use it to secure your dog while you’re away from home for an hour or so, a small crate may be your best choice. A metal crate or a crate with a wooden case may be all you need.
If you plan to restrict your puppy while you are away for the entire day, a bigger enclosure is your best bet because confining a small puppy to a crate while you work is not only impractical, but it is cruel. A portable mesh playpen works well for small puppies and then can be folded and stored when the puppy no longer needs containment.
If you enjoy gardening and want your puppy by your side, a portable outdoor enclosure is perfect for keeping him safe. Likewise, you may need an enclosure if you camp or travel. A coated metal enclosure works great outdoors and can remain there if necessary.
A dog recovering from an injury or surgery can benefit from being confined to a small area. A small molded plastic design may be perfect.
Each type of enclosure has Pros and cons.
These playpens use a panel design made of a washable cloth and some have mesh window openings to let in more air and light. They come in a variety of colors and sizes.
This design uses uses panels made of heavy duty plastic that interlock securely. Different brands use different locking mechanism, but all hold the panels in place. They come in different heights, sizes and colors. Enlarging the enclosure is easy by combining two pens. Some companies sell extra panels to enlarge the area.
This type of enclosure uses the panel design also, and is made of rust resistant metal that works indoors and out. Most companies state that their products contain a rest resistant coating to protect them from moisture. After using these enclosures for a year or more and kept outdoors, they will rust. Most metal folding pens are either black or the color of stainless steel.
Wooden Enclosures are often found in the infant departments and can be used for both babies and dogs. This type of product can be used as a stand-alone enclosure or opened up and used as a gate or barrier.
Another popular crate option consists of a metal crate surrounded by wooden frame and top. These decorative enclosures can double as an end table or nightstand
If you want something that
will last, this is the way to go.
You will find these types of enclosures in veterinary hospitals, grooming salons and boarding facilities. They are also practical for the multi-dog
Sure, you need a pet enclosure for your rabbit, backyard chickens, or pet guinea pig, but small dogs need one too.
With so many different styles, sizes, and colors from which to choose, anyone can find the perfect pen for their puppy or adult dog.