IRIS Exercise Panel Pet Playpen with Door – 34 Inch
One of the most asked questions we get is what we use to contain our dogs while camping.
We use pet exercise pens around the front of our travel trailer for our dogs. The brand we use is Iris, and we purchased them online. We have 3 sets (8 panels each) of their taller pens attached. This video shows how we set our pen up, as well as the necessary modification we needed to make on it: how we covered the hole under the steps, how we had to shorten panels around the door, and how we made a people-sized door.
We have the containment area around our front door of the camper, so the dogs can come in and out as they please. There are many benefits to using exercise pens while camping.
1. Safety: We feel that the pens are a much safer alternative than your typical tie-outs. First, you never have to worry about your dog running out the door and getting loose. If they get out of the camper, it acts as a second ‘safety net’ to contain them. Second, we don’t have to worry about them or us getting hurt or tangled in tie-out lines. I’ve seen a lot of dogs run to the end of their lines, and almost getting flipped when they hit the end. I’ve also seen people get tripped, or hurt badly on their ankles on tie-outs. And, not only does it keep our dogs contained, but it keeps other dogs out! We encounter a lot of off leash dogs while camping; some are friendly, some are not. If your dog is just on a tie-out, any dog could come up to yours. Having them in the pens keeps other dogs away.
2. Dog Comfort: The pups enjoy them, because they can enjoy the heat or air conditioning inside if they want to, or can just come outside to hang with us.
3. We enjoy having a space that we can hang out with them. Some people use exercise pens off to the side to just contain their dogs. We do ours in a way that we can sit outside with them.
Disclaimer: In no way are we sponsored by or affiliated with Iris; we just really, really like their product. Also, exercise pens are NOT for every dog. Your dog should be trained not to jump over or on the pen sides. Otherwise, they are unsafe.
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