Thank you to Carlson for sponsoring this post. All thoughts are my own.
If you like to bring your dog everywhere you go, and honestly, how could you not, then you should definitely add a portable pet pen to your must-have list.
It's the perfect way to give your pup their own chill time while keeping them safely contained.
Here are 7 reasons why you need a portable pet pen in your life.
#1. It's safe
The pet pen will be your dog's own space, and more importantly, it will keep them free from harm. When it comes to our pups, keeping them safe is our number one concern. The Carlson portable pet pen allows you to instantly create a safe and contained area for your dog no matter where you are.
It is made of durable reinforced mesh so it won't rip or tear and is water resistant so you can use it inside or outside.
#2. No Assembly required
This thing is SO easy to set up. No need to assemble or deal with what I call the Ikea meltdown. You know, where you feel like you need to take an anti-anxiety pill just to read the instructions.
The Carlson pet pen is designed to set up instantly and collapse down with a single motion. It's an absolute breeze.
#3. Perfect for puppies
Do you have a new puppy or are you thinking of bringing one home? Those cute, little balls of fluff can get into trouble within a matter of seconds.
It's so important to create a puppy “safe zone” since it's impossible to keep your eyes on them 24/7. Did I ever tell you about the time my dachshund Rocket ate a pin cushion…full of pins while I went to the bathroom? Yeah, I'll save that story for another day. P.S. He was fine and luckily didn't ingest any pins but I did have a minor heart attack.
The pet pen makes it so easy to create a space dedicated to your puppy. Inside the pen include training pads, a toy, some water and a bed. Check out this article on how to prepare for a new puppy.
My favorite thing about the Carlson pet pen is how versatile it is. Since it is so lightweight, you can easily pack it in your car and bring it with you to places like the park or the beach. Whether you are enjoying a picnic or watching the sunset on the lake or beach, your dog will feel included in anything the day has to offer.
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#5 Aids in Injuries
Having a pet pen really comes in handy if your dog gets injured. The other day Rocket ran into our screen door full force. Bless his heart. He ended up hurting his back. I took him to the vet and they recommended he take it easy for about a week.
I set up the pet pen in our living room and while I'm sure he didn't understand why he was in there all day, it forced him to lay low while still having sufficient space to romp around.
Small dog bonus: There's a doggie door for easy access!
#6 Terrific for Camping
We all know that dogs make the best camping pals. The pet pen is so helpful in any camping situation. In fact, it is my number one recommended gear for camping with your dog.
The first thing I do when my husband and I go camping is put Rocket in the pen. Then, we can leave the car doors wide open and set up the tent without having to worry about Rocket.
It's also an excellent way for your dog to feel like part of the family while roasting marshmallows by the campfire or eating dinner outside.
#7. Unfenced yard? No problem.
I made a massive mistake with Rocket about a year ago. One that I will never forget. Luckily, everything turned out well, but I'm still hard on myself for it.
One day I took him into the front yard to do some gardening. Rocket was lying down on my lap while I was sitting on the grass.
All of a sudden, he took off running. I've never seen him run so fast in my life. He was chasing after a cat. He had laser sharp focus on that cat, and nothing was going to stop him from running.
He ran down our street in the middle of the road, through the neighbour's yard, and finally stopped at the church at the end of our street. By the time I caught up to him, I felt like I was going to pass out from running so fast.
Needless to say, it was a dumb mistake and had I just put him in a pet pen right next to me, none of that would have happened.
If you don't have a fenced yard, a portable pet pen gives your dog the enjoyment and freedom of being outside but without the risk. I now use it all the time while working in my garden.
A portable pet pen makes it easy to take your dog on all your favorite adventures. Having your pup by your side makes life oh so nice. The Carlson portable pet pen is an all around great product that I would recommend for any dog parent.