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Civilized Pet Tip: Pens are very handy if your pet doesn’t tolerate being crated, and are nice alternatives if you don’t want to confine your pet in a room with a gate (almost always better tolerated than a closed door). Pens keep them contained without making them feel claustrophic, and many can be opened up to use as a gate in a pinch, too. Travel pens made of nylon or similar materials typically fold flat and pop up, but they vary in quality and size ranges. Compare their measurements and color options, but remember that soft sided pens may not be the best choice if your dog is determined to escape. Some of the hard sided pens are sturdier and are portable, too.
Midwest Foldable Metal Exercise Pen.
AmazonBasics Foldable Metal Pet Exercise and Playpen Indoor/outdoor portable play and exercise pen with door
made of durable rust-proof metal in black finish. Step-through door access; 2 secure-locking slide-bolt latches. Each of the 8 panels is 42″ x 24″. Available with or without a door with your choice of 24, 30, 36, 42 or 48″ tall. Sets up in seconds, no tools required, and folds flat for compact storage. Includes 8 ground anchors for outdoor use. Limited one-year warranty.
ZENY Foldable Metal Exercise Pen & Pet Playpen Kennel. For generous containment indoors or out (if pets don’t jump and if no predators nearby), this one has an 8 or 16-panel model that changes configuration. The 16 panel model can be split into 2 x 8 panel pens and set up in various shapes (circle, square…). Fold for transport or storage. Metal stakes secure outdoors; step-through door; 2 locking slide-bolt latches. No tools required. Each panel is 31.5”W x 24”H.
IRIS 24” Exercise 4-Panel Dog Playpen with Door
North States MyPet Stages Indoor/Outdoor Petyard. This quality 4 panel enclosure is 26″ tall and covers 7ft, or 2.6 feet corner to corner. Weather-resistant indoor or outdoor use. Connect two together as your puppy grows. Non-slip pads to protect floors. Folds for portability or storage. Made in the USA.
Zampa Portable Foldable Pet Playpen. Mesh top zips on when when needed, 4 metal spikes for outdoor safety. Carrying case and folds flat. Pops up in seconds, no assembly needed. This water-resistant stylish 8-panel play pen features a bottle holder on the outside and exterior side pockets for stashing stuff. In 4 colors and 3 sizes up to 30″ high.
EliteField 2-Door Soft Pet Playpen
Fabulous Pet Portable Pet Playpen. Removable top, but Floor is not removable so your pet can’t escape. Pops open in seconds and folds down flat. Great for indoor or outdoor use. Water resistant, wipe clean. One of the larger portables, the large measures 62″ Diameter x 30″ H.
Ruff ‘n Ruffus Portable Foldable Pet Playpen. Water resistant 8-Panel design with protected seams and reinforced corners. Attached floor mat and zippered door. Removable zippered top for shade and safety. Three sizes as tall as 23.5″ in green only. This best seller includes a silicone travel bowl and carrying case.
BestPet Small Pet Dog Tent Playpen Soft Crate is for smaller dogs. Features 8 panels, 2 zippered doors, and 4 metal hooks to secure in ground. Wire frame, water resistant floor, and a carry pouch. It comes in 2 sizes (S, M) and 5 colors. Lightweight, portable and fully assembled.
BestPet Chicken Coop Pet Playpen. has a roof and waterproof cover to keep jumpers in. Deters hawks or other predators, but direct supervision is advised if placed outdoors. Other buyers have needed to secure it with zip ties. Stake securely into the ground if used outside. Epoxy coated for rust resistance.
IRIS 24” Exercise Playpen for Dogs. Made of durable plastic in the USA, this budge friendly crate contains dogs when you’re away or can’t be underfoot. Add-on panels are available to make it bigger. Easy to clean. Dimensions: 35″W x 13″L x 35″H; 13″W x 23″L x 75″H.