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3 Portable Dog Playpens For Camping

Camping with dogs can be great fun. What if you don’t want your dog running off into the wilderness alone? One solution is to use a portable dog pen.

Portable dog pens work great for little dogs, but large breeds may find them constraining, or very easy to jump out of. Once inside, your dog can snooze or play in comfort and safety. Many of these portable dog playpens are made for both indoor or outdoor use.

Keep them outside, perhaps next to your lawn chair or picnic table, or bring them inside to give your dog their own space without letting them run wild over the entire camper.

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Prices range from $20 for a mesh and plastic play pen, to over $100 for a metal grated larger size. Let’s take a look at three highly rated models.

Zampa Doggie Playpen

Zampa dog playpen

This 45″ diameter, 8-panel doggy play pen from Zampa comes in four colors: brown, red, blue, and pink. The panels fold down flat and fit inside a thin carry case. There’s a zippered door on the front for easy access (just like a tent), and handy pockets for doggy treats, a brush, or other dog-care accessory. Four stakes let you securely fasten the dog playpen to the ground for safe outdoor fun.

Some reviewers have said that this playpen can be “a bear” to fold and put back in its carrying case. This video shows you a fail-safe way to fold these style of playpens so you won’t have to fuss putting it away.

Etna Pet Puppy Dog Playpen and Exercise Kennel


Looking for a little more style for your doggie playpen? This model is adorable, inexpensive, and highly rated for its class.

At 36″, it’s a good bit smaller than the Zampa playpen. But its got excellent reviews and the themed panel painting shows more pizazz.

Heavy Duty Metal Playpen


This metal dog playpen from BestPet features modular construction, allowing you to rearrange the eight panels into the configuration that best suits your needs. You can even make two small kennels if you have a cat or two toy-size dogs.

One reviewer attested to the sturdiness of this metal dog playpen writing,

…we have a 50 pound Airedale terrier who will be 75 pounds and it holds here just fine. It does stay in place when she stands against it to great us.