– This should be done any time that you cannot tether your Poodle to you, and confining a dog does not need to be a ‘bad’ thing that seems like punishment.
When you want to keep your Poodle in one area, but not cause stress, feelings of isolation, or claustrophobic anxiety, one of the best options is a canine playpen. These come in a range of sizes, and are best for toy Poodles, miniatures, and young standards.
These are also fantastic to use for housebreaking, for separation anxiety
(to create a feeling of a safe ‘den’ and for a Poodle to have all needed aids nearby), to limit destructive chewing.
For large standard Poodles, using gates to block off a section of a room, or a full room, is a good choice.
With the pen, be sure to have a quality bed, favorite toys, food, water, and pee pads.
Your Poodle does not need to be pee-pad trained for this. This is a defined space with bed, toys, and bowls taking up real estate, and pee pads in remaining areas. Since dogs rarely soil their own belongings, urine and bowel movements will most likely be deposited on the pads.