If you don’t have a fenced in garden or simply want to keep your dog in a certain area, a dog run is a brilliant idea. It will keep your dog safe while allowing him the freedom to play in the fresh air. And lighter, foldable dog runs are great for taking on family trips to the great outdoors too.
How to use a dog run
A dog run is no substitute for daily walks and playtime, but it is a great way to give your dog some safe and destruction-free time outdoors to enjoy squirrel watching, running around in circle or relaxing in a the sun with a good chew toy. But remember to always provide your dog with shelter from the sun and plenty of fresh water—especially in the height of summer.
Our picks for best dog runs
Whether you’re looking for heavy duty, budget, portable or permanent options, we’ve found something to suit you and your dog. When you’re choosing, just remember to take into account the size, height and durability to find the best choice to match your pup.
1. Yaheetech Heavy Duty Playpen
This dog run is super customisable and can be used in a lot of different settings, both indoor and outdoor. It’s made of heavy duty, premium metal panels which can be rearranged into different shapes—and you can add or take away panels to adjust the size too.
Buy this run with 8, 16, 24 or 32 panels depending on the size of your garden. There are also different height options up to 1m tall, so even big dogs will stay safely contained and won’t be able to jump out. (Of course we always advise supervision when your dogs are in a run.)Buy Now on Amazon
2. Pawhut Heavy Duty Dog Run
Another nice, sturdy option is this dog run from Pawhut. It can be set up as a square, octagon or rectangle and features a door with a bolted latch so your dog (and you) can get in and out easily. This option can be easily folded up flat for easy transportation or storage when not in use.Buy Now on Amazon
3. Amazon Basics Foldable Exercise Pen
In sizes from 61-122cm wide and 41-91cm tall Amazon Basics has lots of options for different sized dogs. You can also choose whether or not you’d like a door. This dog run is really easy to set up with no tools needs, and easily folds flat for storage or taking on trips.
For extra safety outdoors, there are eight ground anchors included, covered by a one-year Amazon warranty.Buy Now on Amazon
4. vidaXL Chain Link Fence
If you’re looking for something more permanent as a dog run, this chain link fence could be the answer. The fence comes in moss green and is 15 metres long so you can create a nice big play area for your pup. The kit comes with all the spokes and accessories needed to fit the fence in your garden, while your dog watches in anticipation.Buy Now on Amazon
5. Bunny Business Budget Dog Run
If you’ve got a small dog and don’t need an expensive heavy duty dog run, this version from Bunny Business could be for you. At under £30 it’s really affordable but still has really great reviews. It’s easy to put up and quickly folds flat and can be used indoors as well as outside. It’s 61cm high, which Bunny Business suggest is perfect for smaller dogs up to 40cm tall.Buy Now on Amazon
6. Vivapet Covered Dog Run
This covered dog run from Vivapet offers your dog some protection from the sun as well as any outdoor hazards—like pesky birds of prey which can be a problem for miniature dog breeds. The cover will also stop any particularly agile pets from jumping out. Choose from two heights of 60 or 90cm with a standard width of 150cm.Buy Now on Amazon
Now you’ve found a great outdoor dog run, what about fences for inside? Or perhaps you’re interested in crate training and need some help choosing the best option for your dog? Check out our articles below for further inspiration and advice.
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