Join Date: Aug 2006
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Puppy pens are great, but I use them for everything except puppies! LOL I use them to keep a dog out in the front room that needs attention, but can't have freedom to roam (post-neuter or post-spay surgery). I use it to isolate a dog if necessary (pre-showing, illness, etc.) . I use them at shows around my motorhome setup. I use them for hotel travel. They are fabulous for everything except puppies, in my methods anyway. I haven't figured out how to use them for puppies and give the momma enough room to get away from the puppies if she wants to do so. Even the larger versions are still pretty small. I prefer an ex-pen set up on some vinyl flooring over my carpet.
I think Kathy Amber uses them or used to, although I haven't seen her posting lately. She recommended them to me a while back. The wire bottom isn't hard on the feet like it looks. (They are coated and close together in most of the 1/4" wires.) Also, an all breed handler gave me a tip that if you use them for dogs that are showing, you can sprinkle corn starch on the wire bottom so the urine doesn't stick to the wires and get back on the coat. It would work for puppies too, but you'd want to make sure you had a pee pad below, or butcher paper, or something else besides the pan bottom for easy cleanup.
By the way, I would only think that a puppy pen is for when they are quite a bit older and walking around very well. Maybe for six weeks and older? That would be my guess.
Last edited by Havtahava; 05-20-2008 at 02:49 PM.