Dogs need exercise, and when the weather doesn’t corporate, an indoor exercise pen can do the trick.
Indoor dog enclosures are also a wonderful way to keep puppies contained.
Giantex Dog Playpen with Door
MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Exercise Pen/Pet Playpen
You’ll notice a lot of the pictures below show them being used outdoors, which is for most people the more popular place to use exercise pens, but these enclosures will also work well indoors.
1. Giantex Dog Playpen with Door
This indoor doggie playpen is versatile, durable, and attractive. It earns its spot as our top choice because of its height options (40 or 48 inches) and its sturdy construction. This pen will contain even the most skilled escape artists and can easily be stored when not in use. Its door makes it easy to step inside the pen join in the play with your pup.
Best for: Most dogs or puppies.
2. MidWest Homes for Pets Folding Metal Exercise Pen/Pet Playpen
Like the Giantex, this folding doggie playpen comes in a range of heights and easily folds down for simple storage. This pen can be customized using add-ons produced by the MidWest company, making it extremely versatile. On its own, this pen does a great job of giving your dog room to run around while safely contained.
Best for: small and medium dogs and owners that want to customize the pen to include a crate.
This pen offers value and convenience. It is great for keeping your dog contained and happy within sight. Its taller panels (30-inches in height) offer a bit more coverage than most pens with 24-inch panels. Despite its size, this pen is easy to move, adjust, and conform to your space, making it a versatile choice. Its door also makes it easy to get into the pen to clean up or join in the fun with your dog.
Best for: extra-small to medium breeds (up about 40-pounds) and dogs that can easily clear a 24-inch tall gate
Let’s be honest, most doggie playpens are not attractive and can be cumbersome to take apart and store. This one solves those problems. It’s great for travel, too. Its lightweight material makes it great for newborn puppies and puppies going through potty training. It also comes with many features that make it stand out. It has a storage pocket (which is great for travel), a mesh zip-on or zip-off roof, and grommets to pin it in outdoors.
Best for: puppies, small breeds, travel.
This metal playpen is a great option for puppies. It features a door, so you can easily step in our out of the enclosure and can be converted to connect to your dog’s crate. While not the Fort Knox of indoor exercise pens, it is perfect for owners that do not want to store massive and heavy panels.
Best for: puppies and owners that want a durable pen that is not too bulky.
If you’re looking for a pen that will grow with your puppy and keep her safe, the MyPet North State Petyard is perfect. Its plastic grid prevents escape artists from trying to squeeze their way through. It also has a lockable doggie door that can make this pen double as a crate. Its design also makes it configurable to fit the shape or your space and grow with your puppy. It also comes with handy skip pads that prevent your floors from getting scraped or damaged.
Best for: growing puppies and extra small to medium dogs
Don’t let the name fool you. This pen is a practice, attractive, and excellent long-term choice for dogs. We love that the door is designed to easily open and close without stooping down and hurting your back. Plus, you can unlatch it with one hand if you’re carrying your pup. The threshold is also easy to step over. The low threshold prevents tripping and injuries for you and your dog. Panels are 30-inches tall, which is perfect for most dogs.
Best for: small to large (some extra-large) breed dogs, dogs with joint or mobility issues, a permanent pen that is attractive and easily accessible.
This exercise pen works well if you want to partition off part of a room for your dog. It comes with wall-mounting hardware, so you can create a permanent or semi-permanent strong and secure playpen. It’s also tall enough to keep almost any breed contained. The door is easy to operate and features a low-threshold.
Best for: securely sectioning off part of a room, dogs of all sizes, and dogs with joint issues or mobility problems.
This exercise pen is perfect for puppies and nursing mothers. The low height of 24” keeps puppies in while allowing mom to easily hop out for a bit of a break or to go to the bathroom. The door allows you to enter the pen to take for the puppies without stepping over high sides. Its powder-coated metal is built to resist rusting and last.
Best for: puppies and nursing mothers
What to Consider when Choosing a Dog Enclosure
If you’re planning to kennel train your puppy or dog using an enclosure, you may want to consider a kennel or crate, instead. Otherwise, keep the exercise pen to a minimal size, so that your dog has room to stand up, turn around, and stretch. Keeping your dog in a tighter space reducing the risk of your dog going to the bathroom in the containment.
When it comes tot using an indoor dog exercise pen or dog enclosure, never leave your dog unsupervised. Most indoor enclosures are freestanding, so there is a risk they can topple over.
For pens with vertical bars, be sure your dog or puppy cannot stick their head through the bars. This can pose a serious risk for injury.
Getting Your Dog Accustomed to an Exercise Enclosure
Dogs and puppies are naturally curious and active. This makes them quite skeptical of being contained, at first. Your dog wants to be with you, having fun. This the key to getting your dog used to her playpen. You want to create a positive and fun environment within the pen. When you first introduce your dog to the playpen, go in with her. Provide her treats and new toys to make it a place she wants to spend time. Puzzle balls make an excellent choice for keeping your dog physically and mentally stimulated in the exercise enclosure.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are indoor exercise pens used for?
Indoor exercise pens keep dogs safe and contained while playing or relaxing. They also minimize the range of destructive behaviors and mess that can be associated with puppy play time. They also make excellent whelping areas for nursing mothers.
How Can I Increase My Dog’s Exercise While in His Pen?
Cycling through your dog’s toys can being new life to old toys and make them more enticing and exciting for dogs. Puzzle toys and balls are engaging for dogs and can help ignite fun and play.