Best Pet Exercise Pen

Looking for a small exercise pen to use indoors or outdoor for you dog? There’s a lot of options to choose from. But which are best? In this article we’ll cover the best pet exercise pens available.

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Best Heavy Duty Pet Exercise Pen

BestPet Pet Playpen Dog Kennel 8 Panel Indoor Outdoor Folding Metal Portable Puppy Exercise Pen Dog Fence,24",32",40" (40", Black)
  • 【A LARGE SECURE AREA】Our puppy playpen is great and keeps your pets safe from others, plenty of room for your pets and the sides of dog playpen are tall enough for a small child to reach into the enclosure. Have peace of mind to contain your pet within the enclosure. You can connect more pet playpen together to cover a larger area. puppy playpen dog playpen pet playpen
  • 【CHANGE THE SIZE WITHOUT ANY TOOLS】Our puppy playpen design allows for multiple shape configurations to meet your needs, such as the shape of rectangle, square or octagon. This dog playpen will be ideal for any pet lover. If you have any questions about our pet playpen, please feel free to contact us. puppy playpen dog playpen pet playpen
  • 【EASY TO SETUP】This dog playpen is a must have for any dog lovers. Quality of our pet playpen constructed with simple assembly instructions will set up in minutes. Our puppy playpen assembles and comes down quickly which is very important as you don't want to be wasting tons of time while enjoying time off. dog playpen pet playpen puppy playpen
  • 【PERFECT TO INDOOR AND OUTDOOR】Our dog playpen constructed from sturdy heavy duty rust resistant metal for increased longevity and durability. Durable puppy playpen great for indoor or outdoor use. Our pet playpen is your best choice! dog playpen puppy playpen pet playpen
  • 【GREAT FOR CAMPING】Our puppy playpen no tools required. Once you’re done, the pet playpen quickly collapses for convenient storage. our dog playpen light weight and collapsible design makes it ideal for travel and camping. puppy playpen pet playpen dog playpen

What We Like

  • It’s heavy duty metal – Easy to put away during the day but hard to bend and damage and harder than most pet exercise pens for your dogs to move
  • Great for indoor or outdoor use
  • Great for RV camping and creating fast, outdoor pet exercise pens
  • Right price for the quality – click the box above to check current price

What We Don’t Like

  • Not good for jumpers – easy for dogs to jump out
  • Rounded edges are dangerous for jumpers – If your dog attempts to jump out it could get it’s paw stuck between two fence panels. Sadly the curved corners make this possible.

Best Heavy Duty Playpen by Bestpet – Runner Up

We love playpens by Bestpet. Check out our Bestpet review article here for more details and in depth inforamtion.

BestPet Pet Playpen Dog Kennel 8 Panel Indoor Outdoor Folding Metal Portable Puppy Exercise Pen Dog Fence,24",32",40" (40", Black)
  • 【A LARGE SECURE AREA】Our puppy playpen is great and keeps your pets safe from others, plenty of room for your pets and the sides of dog playpen are tall enough for a small child to reach into the enclosure. Have peace of mind to contain your pet within the enclosure. You can connect more pet playpen together to cover a larger area. puppy playpen dog playpen pet playpen
  • 【CHANGE THE SIZE WITHOUT ANY TOOLS】Our puppy playpen design allows for multiple shape configurations to meet your needs, such as the shape of rectangle, square or octagon. This dog playpen will be ideal for any pet lover. If you have any questions about our pet playpen, please feel free to contact us. puppy playpen dog playpen pet playpen
  • 【EASY TO SETUP】This dog playpen is a must have for any dog lovers. Quality of our pet playpen constructed with simple assembly instructions will set up in minutes. Our puppy playpen assembles and comes down quickly which is very important as you don't want to be wasting tons of time while enjoying time off. dog playpen pet playpen puppy playpen
  • 【PERFECT TO INDOOR AND OUTDOOR】Our dog playpen constructed from sturdy heavy duty rust resistant metal for increased longevity and durability. Durable puppy playpen great for indoor or outdoor use. Our pet playpen is your best choice! dog playpen puppy playpen pet playpen
  • 【GREAT FOR CAMPING】Our puppy playpen no tools required. Once you’re done, the pet playpen quickly collapses for convenient storage. our dog playpen light weight and collapsible design makes it ideal for travel and camping. puppy playpen pet playpen dog playpen

Best Metal Exercise Pen For Large Dogs

AmazonBasics Foldable Metal Pet Dog Exercise Fence Pen With Gate - 60 x 60 x 30 Inches
  • Indoor/outdoor portable 30-inch play and exercise pen with door; for dogs up to 20 inches tall
  • Made of durable iron metal with rust-proof black finish; step-through door access; 2 secure-locking slide-bolt latches
  • 8 connected panels, each measuring 30 by 24 inches; creates 16-square-foot enclosure
  • Sets up in seconds; simply unfold, shape, and connect—no tools required; folds flat for compact storage
  • Includes 8 ground anchors for outdoor use; backed by an AmazonBasics limited one-year warranty

What We Like

  • Comes in large 48″ size for taller dogs – the Perfect Choice!
  • Smooth coating to prevent corrosion of iron wires
  • Includes ground anchors for setting up outside and preventing movement
  • You can buy multiple sets and stake them together to make a larger enclosure
  • Easy storage
  • Inexpensive solution to keep your dog safe – tap the link above to check current price and availability
  • Keep new puppies safe and prevent bathroom accidents while you potty train – keep your house clean with new pups!
  • Use it outdoors when establishing a potty area for new dogs – just put them in when they need to do their business and take them out when done.

What We Don’t Like

  • Still pretty light weight and easy for rambunctious dogs to move – some training required

Best Lightweight Foldable Pet Exercise Pen

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Midwest 552-30DR Exercise Pen, Black, 24X30 In, With Door
  • Secure double latch step through door access, exercise pen / pet playpen folds flat for convenient storage; Dogs: 26 to 40 pounds
  • Each panel measures 24 width x 30 height inches, exercise pen / pet playpen provides 16 square feet of enclosed area (1.5 meters)
  • Includes 8 ground anchors for outdoor use, 8 corner stabilizers and 4 thumb snaps for easy assembly
  • Durable black E coat finish, provides long lasting protection, features secure double latch door
  • Easy set up; No tools required for assembly; Exercise pen Includes 1 year manufacturer's warranty

What We Like

  • Folds down fast and easy
  • Lightweight so easy to put away during the day or night
  • Works for rabbits as well as dogs

What We Don’t Like

  • Lock ends are sharp and could hurt a rambunctious energetic pup
  • Too lightweight for untrained pups or large adult dogs that aren’t trained to use it – try a kennel or heavy duty dog pen instead

Best Foldable Pet Exercise Pen with Carrying Case

Parkland Pet Portable Foldable Playpen Exercise Kennel Dogs Cats Indoor/Outdoor Removable Mesh Shade Cover, Medium
  • Keep your pets safe and secure both indoors and outdoors.
  • Sets up in seconds and requires no assembly; folds back flat when not in use for easy carrying and storing.
  • Very lightweight yet extra strong makes traveling and mobility very easy.
  • Zipper off the top for easy access, also has a zippered front door so your pet can walk in and out.
  • Great for indoors, outdoors, traveling, camping,and more! 24" x 36" x 36" when open

Best With Multiple Colors

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Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color Small Pet Playpen 40090,13-Inch
  • 9 panels each. Wire spacing : 3/8
  • 13" long by 9" high panels create a 36" Diameter play area
  • Ideal for Hamsters, mice, Gerbils or other small animals

What We Like

  • Cool colors
  • Something different than all the other look alike wire pet exercise pens
  • Super easy to put away or setup
  • Great for rabbits, guinea pigs, other small pets like hedgehogs

What We Don’t Like

  • Lightweight – not good for untrained dogs or jumpy pups till they are trained to use it
  • Super short – only 13 inches high – trained dogs only!

Best With Solid Corners and Stabilizers

Tespo Pet Playpen, Small Animal Cage Indoor Portable Metal Wire yd Fence for Small Animals, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits Kennel Crate Fence Tent, Black 12 Panels
  • ✔Upgrade version: cable ties and anti-slip pieces added in. Cable ties help build doors or ramps or reinforce the whole structure. Anti-slip pieces prevent connectors from slipping on the floor.
  • ✔Diy expandable: make qualified metal wire grids into different shapes, a low wide exercise pen, or a two-storey premium Villa
  • ✔For various animals: hedgehogs, hamsters, guinea pigs or rabbits, they can all have FUN in this fence. Easy to keep an eye on them from any angle
  • ✔Easy assembly: Easy to put together with the illustrated instruction and included mallet. Use cable ties to achieve even more features like doors or ramps
  • ✔100% satisfaction guarantee: We are always available to provide professional customer service before and after your purchase, so don't wait any longer and enjoy it right now

What We Like

  • Solid Corners
  • Able to build into lots of shapes – grow horizontally or vertically
  • Better for small dogs and other small pets like guinea pigs, rabbits, etc.

What We Don’t Like

  • Trained dogs only
  • For added stability and strength you have to add zip ties to each side

FAQ

Why Do I Need A Puppy Playpen?

A puppy playpen gives both you and your puppy piece of mind. You can relax since you know your puppy has a safe place to play, nap, or sleep. Your puppy can relax because he or she has a secure environment where they can get plenty of exercise without being cooped up in a smaller crate.

How To Choose The Best Dog Playpen?

  1. Is your dog new to playpens? Spend some time crate training first. You can learn how to do that in this article.
  2. Will you use it on camping trips? Consider a heavy duty model so it doesn’t blow away in the wind.
  3. Need to set it up daily? Use one of the lighter weight models shown above.
  4. Plan to use it outside? The heavy duty models shown in our RV article are great for this. They use heavy duty thicker gage metal bars. Lighter wire models are fine too as long as you stake them and zig zap the long panels back and forth at 10 to 20 degree angles for better stability.

What Size Exercise Pen Should I Get For My Dog?

You should get an exercise pen that is roughly one foot taller than your dog’s height. This assumes they have been crate trained and pen trained. Most dogs can jump twice their height. Few exercise pens are larger than 48 inches high which would be suitable for an untrained small dog 20 inches high or less.

Still it’s safer for your dog and cheaper for your pocketbook to conduct exercise pen training first then just buy a pen that’s your dog’s height or a hair higher.

How Do I Keep A Dog Exercise Pen From Moving?

Most pens come with stakes. If not these can be purchased separately. Stake down all joint sections and corners. This will keep it from moving when using outdoors. Indoor pens can be stabilized with small sandbags or weights at the corners or by using a heavy duty gage metal pen.

Exercise Pen Ground Stakes | Pack of 8 Replacement Ground Stakes for Outdoor Exercise Pens/Pet Playpens, Fits All Metal Models, Black
Example staking of pet exercise pen in grass
ABCCANOPY Super Heavy Duty Sandbag Saddlebag Design 4 Weight Bags for Photo Video Studio Stand,Backyard,Outdoor Patio,Sports (Black)
Canopy sandbags make easy to install indoor anchors for your pet exercise pen.

Do I need Ground Anchors?

Yes, if using your pen outside in windy areas, around other dogs that can come by, or if your dog likes to push on the pen, we recommend using ground anchors. See examples of both outdoor ground anchors using stakes in the ground as well as indoor ground anchors using small canopy sand bags.

How Do I Install Corner Stabilizers?

Corner stabilizers come in a variety of types depending on the model of your pet exercise pen.

For an indoor pen we recommend attached sandbags at each corner. You can use sandbags from stabilizer kits designed to hold down outdoor canopies.

For outdoor pens we recommend using metal stakes to stabilize the corners. You can use zip ties to pull the corners together and make them a bit more stable or just upgrade to a heavy duty gage exercise pen like the ones recommended here for RV camping.

Do They Come with Carrying Cases?

Most do not come with their own carrying case. Some of the foldable models come with carrying cases. The easiest solution is to use some camping webbing with clips to hold the folded panels together and make a small handle so you can easily move it around.

Can I Leave My Puppy In A Crate Or Playpen While I’m At Work?

Yes, you can leave your puppy in a play pen while you are at work if they have been properly trained and they have a pee pad for bathroom breaks somewhere inside the pen area. Training for separation anxiety prior to doing this is key so they don’t injure themselves trying to escape while you are away.

AKC Training Pads, 100-Pack