Suitable for: teacups, tinies, toys and small or younger mini size puppies.
I strongly recommend a childrens or puppy playpen for safe keeping in combination with pee pads, newspaper or litterbox potty training. It will safely contain your pup when you are busy or working, or if it needs down-time away from the busy family life. It's mobile and flexible and can go places. Easy to clean and looks so much nicer than a metal crate!
There is a lot of information about utilizing a puppy playpen on my Teacup & Tiny Puppy Care website already. Instead of repeating myself here - simply go there to read up on it.
Suitable for: toy and mini size puppies.
A play yard or exercise pen is more suitable overall for larger or older toy size pups and for miniature size puppies [roughly 8-20# range]. Many poodle children have the monkey gene incorporated, and will eventually start climbing on playpens, or chew and tear through the mesh panels in their mission to get to you, LOL.
Play yards and ex pens are usually made of hard plastics or metal, and more durable to withstand the onslaught of an eager poodle pup on the quest of exploring the home when you are not there.
This containment system works similar to a puppy playpen, and is optimal for working or busy puppy parents that need a potty training solution like paper or pee pad training, while they are not at home.
There are a variety of styles available - and also a large price range to match your budget. Keep in mind the more time your pup needs to spend in it's contained play area, the better quality it should be. Also consider the flexiblity of uses available - some can be reconfigured and taken apart and used as gates and gate ways.
Suitable for: older puppies and adults, regardless of size.
A plastic or wire crate works great for older pups [4+ months] and/or adults to help with housebreaking, riding in the car + vet trips and at home containment.
Please keep in mind that if you are crating, you need to offer frequent outings for puppies so they can go potty - it is not suitable to start young pups in a crate, that may have to go pee every 30 minutes or so, and expect them not to soil in the crate if they are stuck in there for hours and hours without a chance to come out and go potty in between.
Adults that are crate trained, can hold it up to 8-10 hrs and more - but that is when they are fed and watered appropriately on a schedule, and have a chance to fully relieve themselves before crating. Also dogs that are crated throughout the day, need a chance to exercise, run, hop and skip when they are out - a play yard or expen allows some of that freedom during the day while you are not at home, a crate does not.
Caution: If you are crate training and the pup spends considerable time in the crate, pls remember to take the collar off when the pup goes into the crate or use a break-away type collar, you don't want the pup to get stuck or hang up and choke to death while you are not there.
Dog Food; High Calorie Supplements; Bowls; Feeders + Water Bottles; Harness + Leash; Chew Toys; Clothing.
Recommended Shampoos & Conditioners; Brush Types; Comb; Nail Trimmers; Scissors.
Soft Sided Carriers; Back Packs; Car Seats; Strollers; Ooops Baggies.