- We’ve been able to use this one for a longer period of time. It’s actually designed well enough that we can use it for our full-grown dog if needed. Our dogs are small (8 lbs. each) and it’s roomy enough for both.
- The sides are high and fairly sturdy. Neither of our dogs our jumpers or climbers, though.
- The door locks and there is plenty of room to put a bed, food and a potty pad.
- It was easy for our puppy to learn to use the door
- It’s not quick and easy to set up. The springs that attach each panel are rather tight in my opinion. We haven’t taken it down since we set it up. It is light enough to pick up and move so I can clean under it, though.
- The door is a hard plastic (it needs to be so it can be locked). We needed to watch our puppy carefully until he figured it out. At the beginning he would stick his head in and then try to back out and freak out when his head got stuck. Luckily it didn’t take long for him to figure out he couldn’t do that. However, he still tries to pull his toys out backwards and gets them stuck, lol. I’m always rescuing one of the toys but there is no harm to the dog!
The pop-up is better for traveling or when we leave the puppy with a friend because it’s smaller. But the dogs can escape unless the lid is zipped closed and the mesh makes it dark inside. The bottom is attached so if they get to bouncing around, the entire pen moves and their water and food gets spilled.
Since we have the room at the moment, this pen works better and gives the puppy a lot more room than a crate while we are working on manners and he’s not trusted to be loose when no one’s home. If you have room, it works well!