Summertime - and the living is easy.
Throughout the year, and especially in the good weather, your dog will enjoy being outside in the garden, so you need to know that even when you are not looking the dog cannot get into trouble!
This can be done by choosing either good strong dog-proof perimeter garden fencing, or by choosing an enclosed run of the correct height and design. How to choose the correct height will depend upon the breed of dog as well as it's characteristics. What size is the dog? Does it jump? Does it climb? Is there anything else you should consider such as are there any dangers in the garden such as ponds, and will a dog running freely damage itself or your plants, or might it have a tendency to eat things it shouldn't such as the family's vegetable plot or dog toxic plants?
More and more owners are choosing a high quality outdoor pen which will not rust to keep their dog safe and happy.
Your Play Pen Choices.
Although it is obviously possible to simply carry a foldaway dog crate outside which will contain the dog, a dog crate may not give the space to lie down and walk around. Crates certainly have their uses, but if a garden play area is needed then purpose made panels are the answer.
Here at Croft we have two such products - The Discovery range which is made up of individual hook together panels, either with or without a gate, and has height alternatives of 3ft and 4ft (90cm or 120cm), or the bolt together kennel run panels which are 6ft high. Where the dog's size, breed and temperament are suitable the most popular choice is the hook together Discovery range as this can quickly be adapted in size and shape, as well as being really easy to erect and dismantle.
Because it is hot dip galvanised (coated in zinc so it will not rust) this outdoor playpen system is strongly made using 25mm square tubing and a welded mesh infill with 2" - 50mm - squares. This makes it ideal for most applications and your dog will love the freedom an outdoor play pen gives.
Owners love this system as it lasts for years and gives confidence.
The kennel run panels are made of similar materials although the mesh is made from thicker wire and are slightly more difficult to erect or dismantle as they bolt together, but do have the advantage of being much taller, standing at 6ft (180cm) in height.
Whichever your choice of pen, your dog will be grateful, but don't forget to leave sufficient water at all time. Often this is best served in bowls which clamp to the mesh to reduce the possibility of spills, and again such bowls can be seen on this site. You may even want to include a covered kennel within the run to protect from rain or excessive shine - this would make it a real home from home!
Galvanised pens such as these are gaining in popularity all the time - and deservedly so!