How to make your own Puppy Pen with PVC Pipes

How to make your own Puppy Pen with PVC Pipes

How to make your own PVC Pipe Puppy Pen

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This Portable Pet Enclosure is designed for temporary containment, ideal for outside or inside use. 

A pen or crate is an excellent way to keep your dog or young puppy safe and out of trouble. However, they can be quite pricey at a pet store. Luckily, it is fairly easy to make your own PVC PUPPY PEN at home. 

These are also great puppy enclosures for dog breeders. If you’re using these inside I DO recommend putting a plastic tarp down first to protect your flooring. Just make sure to tape down the tarps edges with duct or masking tape so the tarp won’t move around when the puppies dig,  run and play on top of it. These tarps are very sturdy and last forever. 


First, you need to decide if you want to make it out of 3/4″ or 1/2″ pipe. 3/4″ is suitable for larger puppies. 1/2″ is better for smaller puppies because it allows for a smaller space between the bars.

Let’s assume you’re making your pen for small breed puppies.

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You can get these items at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Amazon,  Builder’s Square, or any store like them.

 How to make your own puppy pen out of PVC Pipe

Cutting the pipe:  Cut an equal number of pipes 35″ and 46 1/2″; you can make yours any size you want. Remember the addition of the corners will add approx. 2″ to the length and width of your pen.

(Sometimes you can even get the great employees at Homedepot or Lowe’s to cut the pipes for you.) 

For each layer, you will need two 35″ pieces and two 46 1/2″ pieces.

You will also need to cut a number of little connection pieces, 1 7/8″ long. These will be used to connect the fittings, where they appear to be connected to each other, rather than to your long pipes. You will need eight to attach the leg caps to the legs, and then sixteen for each layer.

Make one layer at a time. Put a cross at either end of a piece of pipe, making sure they will sit on the floor evenly.

On the opposite side of the crosses, put the connection pieces, and then tap the corners on with your rubber mallet. It is very important to make all your connections snug.

Put connection pieces on the bottoms of your crosses, and tap on your caps. Your first layer is done!

Repeat the process (except the caps) and then attach the second layer to the top of the first layer by putting connections pieces in the top of the crosses on the first layer.

This is the only slightly difficult part of the project because you might have to do some finagling to get it to fit perfectly. If you have cut your pipes the same size, tho, it will fit.

Keep doing this until you get to the top layer. You can make it as many layers as you need to, depending on the size of your puppies.

Rather than using crosses, you will use T’s so the topline will be even. The T’s will be pointing down, to connect with the tops of the crosses in the lower layer.

  • You’re done!

How to make your own puppy pen out of PVC Pipe

Here’s another design where just the frame is 3/4″ pvc. This pen is roughly 6’x6′, 2′ high.

Cut 10′ pipes in half, and put them together. The 2′ inch wire is attached with plastic electrical ties.

How to make your own puppy pen out of PVC Pipe


How to make your own puppy pen out of PVC Pipe

You can put a pen outside, too. This is nice for sitting around chit-chatting while puppies play. The lovely lavender pen was made by David Brooks; he found the pretty pipe at Lowe’s

Other Options:

Don’t have time or the energy to make your own? Check out for PVC Dog Crates, Kennels, Puppy Play Pens, Whelping Boxes & Cages


Here’s a DIY video I found on how to make these by a Goldendoodle Breeder on YouTube.  Click Here! 

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