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New Puppy Area: Is there a difference between ex-pen and play yard/pen?

Excuse my lack of proper terminology, lol! I'm trying to purchase and get everything set up for our puppy that arrives this weekend. I know to get a crate and an ex-pen, but what is the little gated area thing called? Like in photos you see the white gate looking round thing, then a crate inside and food on the other side? And I guess I put wee-pads down in there too? Just trying to figure out what all I need and how to set it up properly. The guy at Pet Smart yesterday wasn't a lot of help... I want puppy's little area all set up and comfy for him! Thanks for any advice!
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I think what you are referring to is an ex pen or a pet pen. A search on amazon for either of those terms will bring up a lot of choices. Preparing for a new puppy is fun, isn't it!
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Ex-pens come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The round white gated pen you're describing sounds a lot like my eight sided ex-pen. Could you possibly post a link to a picture if I'm missing the boat?

Congrats on your new puppy . . .cant wait to see pictures. .

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I think the things usually billed as "play yards" are typically plastic, sometimes have more bells and whistles, and are often more costly than a simple ex-pen. A typical ex-pen is made of wire, coated either black or a gold-tone. (which tends not to hold up well)

My preference is for the standard ex-pen for a couple of reasons. First, industrious chewers can do a lot of damage to the plastic ones. Second, the metal type are SO flexible. You can fold them smaller for closer confinement for litter box training, or attach several together to make a space that is actually big enough to romp around in a bit. They can be strung across doorways or used to guard book cases or valuable rugs. We moved our 3 around CONSTANTLY when Kodi was a puppy.

...and when we are on RV vacations with our extended family, we make a BIG pen by attaching several together, and all the family dogs can run around and play together. (otherwise, in most camp grounds they have to be on leash all the time)

They continue to be useful later too. We have used them extensively over the last few months while our house has been renovated to keep Kodi out of wet paint, wet grout, the carpenter's pencils... I also put the 3 together under a tree as a "holding pen" when friends come over to play on my agility course. The dogs who aren't running wait in the ex-pen enclosure so that the one on course can run without interference.

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Thanks so much for all the info.! I'll soon get this all figured out!
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