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What is a pet playpen?

A pet playpen is a place where small pets can play safely in an enclosed space. Here is an example of what a standard pet playpen looks like -


Aug 19, 2012 | Pets - Others



Having a new puppy in the house is great fun. But it makes sense to think ahead to when your puppy has grown into a full size dog and might be more in control of your household than you are!
By following some basic training tips when they are puppies, you can establish some really good behavioral patterns with your dog that will make your life easier in the long run and protect your furniture and belongings from unnecessary damage.
Don't feel too guilty if your puppy whines and moans at being put in the playpen. They have a need to be close to you in their early weeks of life but they will soon learn that you are not leaving them, just helping them learn some good habits. Without a playpen or confined area puppies can cause a lot of damage to your property or injure themselves.

1. First rule is to make sure your puppy has done his bathroom business before you put him in there. But you can put a special material for your puppy to toilet on while they are in the playpen.
2. Your playpen should be put in an area that is familiar to your puppy. This area will become your puppy's own play yard.
3. Your puppy's sleeping area/box should be put inside the play pen so that he gets used to being in there a lot. Put soft blankets and other comforts inside so he enjoys the space.
4. Your puppy needs a water bowl that can't be knocked over easily. If you leave your puppy in the play pen and then go out for a long time and they knock the bowl over, they will have nothing to drink. Likewise, buy a bowl that is not made of glass or ceramic to avoid any breakages and injuries.
5. You need to leave your puppy a selection of toys to play with in the playpen. About 4-6 toys is a good number and you should rotate them regularly. Chewing toys are also a good idea to buy along with rubber and puzzle ones.
Now you have set up a comfortable and safe environment for your puppy, you just need to put him in the playpen for a short time and slowly build it up so that he gets used to being in there. This will allow you to leave him alone for longer periods of time, knowing that he isn't wreaking havoc in your home while you are out.
Good Luck!

on Aug 16, 2012 | Pets - Others

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Can I buy a new mat for my pet playpen?

You can buy protection mats for your pet playpen without having to replace the whole thing. Here's a link to the Amazon site where they have one for sale for $18 although obviously you need to buy the right for your playpen.

Aug 16, 2012 | Pets - Others

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Can I use my pet playpen indoors as well as outdoors?

Yes. You can put your pet playpen wherever you like. We keep our rabbit in a playpen outside when we go to work but if the weather isn't good we move it indoors (but not on our carpet!)

Aug 16, 2012 | Pets - Others

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Where can I buy a portable, used doggie playpen?

I found two great used travel playpens on eBay. Check them out here:

May 15, 2012 | Pets - Others

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Setup/takedown instructions

ihave a Avalon on the move series playpen model AP11 and i can not get it to close for traveling

Jul 13, 2009 | Avalon Baby Gear

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Putting up and taking down of Graco Avalon playpen

If you take the mattress pad out and collapse the base, you can then lock the sides. I was in the same boat as you. Very frustrating. Hope this helps.

Dec 12, 2008 | Baby Gear

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Cosco Playpen

My wife and I have the same model for visits by our granddaughter. She was having the same trouble as were you and, like you, we did not have instructions.

I'm happy to share with you what I found to close the model up for storage. It may not be the same as what the manufacturer envisioned but it worked for us.

-- With the pad removed from the inside of the Pack n Play, pull up on the red handle so as to loosen the legs;

-- Next, you will find there is a big button in the middle of each of the long sides of the Pack n Play. Start with either long side. You will have to press very hard on either side of that button; I found it helpful to use both hands, one pressing on the outside of the playpen, the other hand pressing on the inside of the playpen. Pressing these together will loosen the long support arm at the open top of the Pack n Play.

-- Do the same for the opposite long side.

-- You will also do the same, one button, one side at a time, for each of the two short sides of the Pack n Play.

-- Now pull up on the red handle in the middle, and guide the four corners so they meet and close.

-- Cover.

I found the buttons may not have fully allowed the support arms to collapse, thus blocking the Pack n Play from folding down completely. If so, try pressing the button again (both the outside and the inside at the same time).

By the way, I've found it to be an exercise in frustration in trying to obtain an instruction manual from the manufacturer. I'm very disapopinted with this purchase and in particular this company.

Hope this helps!

Jul 01, 2008 | Cosco Beatrix Potter Playard Crib

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The sides are like elbows. You have to hyper-extend the elbows upward to get them to lock. It took my husband's strength on the longer sides.

Mar 25, 2008 | Cosco Beatrix Potter Playard Crib

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