There are two great options to keep your Chihuahua confined to one area when you are not home or if you are there but cannot keep an eye on him:
Canine Playpens and Gated Pens
- A canine pen is a structured area that is essentially a manufactured 'room within a room'. There are full playpens, which are similar to a baby playpen, there is a bottom and sides, with an open top. These are often made with water resistant nylon panels that are sturdy yet easy to clean; there will be mesh panels as well to allow a dog to see and not feel so isolated.
There are also gated pens made of metal or molded plastic, which offer the walls (square or octagon) but not a floor, as it sits on the flooring of the house (for these, we recommend placing this over a hardwood, tile or linoleum floor and not carpeting).
Pros: These are portable, some even fold up and come with a carrying case, so that it can be moved from one room to another or are even great if you bring your Chihuahua with you to visit another house or to bring outside if you'll be spending time in the yard but cannot supervise your dog.
There is plenty of room in these for a dog to feel secure but not overly confined.
These are good options for puppies, since you can feel safe knowing that everything within that space has been puppy-proofed. No matter how hyper
or riled up a Chihuahua gets, this keeps him in one spot and is a really good alternative to crates.
These do take up some real estate in the house, so you may need to clear away an area.
Recommended playpens and gated pens for Chihuahuas: