Pet Products

Review Update: Yaheetech Dog Playpen 2021

May 6, 2021

Some of my readers may remember that last January I posted a review for Yaheetech dog playpens.  Although we were really happy/impressed with our pen, I felt like maybe my earlier review didn’t do the best job of showing it off.  This past winter was long, and especially brutal here.  Not long after we received our playpen, good ol’ Mother Nature decided to drop 4 (yes 4!) feet of snow on us at once.  As you can probably imagine, with that much snow on the ground it was hard just walking around outside, forget attempting to build and utilize a new dog pen!

Since My Last Review…

I tried my best to share the features of the Yaheetech dog playpen without being able to actually assemble the full pen.  To be honest, after taking pictures for January’s review I basically collapsed the pen and let it sit outside behind our house.  Winter sloooowly gave way to spring.  All that snow melting meant that our yard has basically been a giant mud pit.  Finally, this past weekend, I found both the motivation, and a dry spot in our yard, to get outside and set up our pen!

We received our Yaheetech dog playpen for free in exchange for our honest review.  As always, we strive to share only products we feel would be of interest to our readers.  All opinions expressed are our own.  This post contains affiliate links.  If you make a purchase using one of our links we will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

First Impressions…

Right off the bat I was super impressed that the pen panels I had left outside in the elements for 5 months were still in perfect condition.  Besides being a little bit muddy, they looked just as good as they did the day I unboxed them.  Building the playpen was super easy, which I was especially thankful for because I seemed to have misplaced the instructions that came with it.  Our playpen is the 16 panel 40 inch model, so it’s a pretty good size especially considering that my dogs are on the smaller side.  These pens are super modular.  They do come in sets that include more panels, which would make a larger pen.  Alternatively, it would be really easy to buy another set of panels later on and add them to your existing pen, if you ever decided you wanted to expand it.

Setting Up Our Pen

The pen panels basically attach together with metal stakes.  You slide the stakes down through alternating holes in the fence panels.  I don’t remember if this was in the instructions or not, but I pushed the stakes down further so that the ends of them went into the ground.  I’m sure the pen would still be secure if you didn’t, or couldn’t, do that, but I liked the idea of potentially being able to give our playpen a bit of added stability.

I like the door on our Yaheetech pen too!  You can set it up to swing in whatever direction works best for you.  Our pen came with two doors.  I set them up to swing in opposite directions because I wasn’t sure which way I’d like them best.  The door being smaller means I can easily slip in and out of the pen without having to worry as much about my dogs (Fenrir!) trying to escape.

Here’s probably what most people will want to see most, the completed, full size, pen!

Probably the most important part of any dog product review – do my dogs like it!?

Kit, as you can maybe tell from those pictures, was a bit unsure of it at first.  Usually, when I take him out in the yard, I stay with him and just let him wander.  At first, after I put him in the pen, he kind of just sat near the edge looking out at my partner and I.  But eventually he did start feeling more comfortable about the whole thing and got right down to business – the business of digging for worms!

Fen, on the other paw, was pretty excited about the playpen right from the start.  Anyone who knows anything about Alaskan Klee Kai knows that the breed isn’t known for being great off-leash.  Our yard isn’t fenced, so when I want to give him more freedom to run outside I usually just use a long line.  I don’t think I even need to write too much about how much fun Fen has been having being able to run around off-leash.  I’ll just let these pictures speak for themselves…

Great For Playing Off-leash!

Now almost every time I take Fen out in the yard he tries to drag me over to ‘his’ playpen so he can go inside and play fetch.  The pen has also been super convenient for times when I want to have the dogs outside with me, but I can’t give them my full undivided attention.  It keeps them safe and contained while I get other things done, like working on the car or yard work.

If you want more details on our Yaheetech dog playpen you can check out my first review here.  Of course also be sure to check out the Yaheetech website!  Besides dog pens, they also sell other pet products as well as other types of products too.  I’ve totally been eyeing some of their gardening supplies!

Thanks so much for reading!  Comment below!  Have you ever used any type of outdoor pen for your pets?

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  • Reply Marjorie Dawson May 7, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Wow, this is such a great update. I remember you were so disappointed you could not review the pen properly last time but I was intrigued enough to visit when I saw the update.

    Wow, it was outside and still come up assembly ready and perfect for your pups after some rough weather? If this isn’t a recommendation I don’t know what IS! Your dogs look safe and still have lots of room to play and the construction looks wonderfully solid.


    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack May 9, 2021 at 5:39 pm

      I really was disappointed that I couldn’t fully review the pen last time! I tried to build it out in the snow but gave up pretty quickly. Yeah, it was outside for a bit over 5 months in the snow and rain and still looks awesome now that I finally put it together. I was impressed. Fen especially has been having a blast playing in it. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  • Reply Jana Rade May 7, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    That looks like a wonderful product. It is always essential to keep our dogs safe, indoors or outdoors. This looks like a good tool to help accomplish that.

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack May 9, 2021 at 5:40 pm

      For sure! I was a bit nervous at first having Fen out in it since he can be an escape artist, but it really is very secure.

  • Reply Cathy Armato May 8, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Kit and Fen are so adorable! They really seem to love their playpen. It looks great all put together, it would also be perfect for camping trips or a visit to friends/family houses where they may not appreciate your dogs running all over the house and yard LOL! It looks fabulous after being under snow for months, obviously it’s quite durable. Excellent review of this great product. Thanks for sharing.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack May 9, 2021 at 5:41 pm

      It’s very durable for sure! We get a lot of bad weather here, so I was happy when I saw how well it held up this winter. It would be awesome for camping or visiting friends/family! Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  • Reply Britt K May 8, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    These sound incredible! We have been looking at possibly picking something like this up as an option for when we’re camping at on-leash parks like the Provincial Parks. Our dogs love camping with us but they don’t always love being tied up on the campsite. With a pen system, you’re able to let them be free to relax in a specified area – so they can sunbathe in peace without worrying about getting tangled up in their ropes lol

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack May 9, 2021 at 5:43 pm

      It would be awesome for camping! The panels don’t take up too much space when the pen is collapsed and it’s easy to put together again. I’ll have to take ours next time we camp! I usually use tie outs but feel like I’m constantly having to untangle dogs lol.

  • Reply Tiffany May 9, 2021 at 9:19 am

    I’m amazed that it was still in near perfect condition after being outside this winter! That’s awesome! I will check out their site and see what else they carry 🙂

    • Reply Michelle & The Paw Pack May 9, 2021 at 5:44 pm

      Me too! I felt a bit guilty for leaving them outside so long and was really happy when I saw how well they held up out in the elements.

  • Reply Ruth Epstein May 9, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    What a fantastic idea and also relaxing for you as you do not have to worry about them as they are safe inside them pen, it looks amazing and will be wonderful for the spring and summer. Enjoy !!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Beth May 10, 2021 at 10:10 am

    That is a nice size playpen. It looks perfect for my friend who has small dogs and isn’t allowed to fence in her yard.

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