Richell is to pet pens what Apple is to smartphones, tablets, and computers.
The Richell expandable pet pen is extremely well made, attractive, has no sharp surfaces to injure your puppy, expands, accepts an optional divider and top, and perhaps its best feature is its exclusive floor tray, that keeps all your puppiness out of your carpet or off your hardwood.
The Richell pet pen is a near-perfect crate, housebreaking aid, and exercise pen all in one.
It expands from 35.4 inches to 60.6 inches wide and with the optional divider you can separate the eating and sleeping area from the potty area.
The $225 price* (plus $29 for the optional divider) startles some people and I understand that. When compared to a bare metal or plastic crate the price differential can be jarring. But it is an unfair comparison; this is your crate and exercise pen in one – the only one that comes with the protective floor tray.
You would not shuffle this off to the attic or garage after your puppy was housebroken. This pen is attractive enough to become a permanent fixture in your home. This can be your Havanese’s place of quiet refuge, a safe place to put your dog while you’re out of the house running errands, or a place to sequester your canine friend when necessary (illness, recovering from spay/neuter, painting the other room, arrival of an unfriendly guest dog, etc.)
It’s rectangular shape makes it easier to place in your home than if it was square.
As for the cost, it works out to about a nickel a day over the lifespan of a Havanese – but you recoup that quickly in the carpet shampooing that you don’t have to do, or the hardwood floor resurfacing that you don’t have to do.
A common complaint that you see with exercise pens, besides their flimsy construction, is how easy it is for climbers to get a toehold on the way out. The Richell pen has a single horizontal bar at puppy level so it’s sides will not be used as a ladder by an adventurous pup.[g-slider gid=”379″ random=”1″ watermark=”0″]
I use mine in conjunction with the Piddle Place indoor toilet which I will review separately. It fits perfectly and has proven the ideal solution for the Havanese housebreaking challenge.
On the other side of the divider I have found that a common carpet remnant available for about $3 fits perfectly and is readily available. I was concerned, that being wood, parts of it would be chewed on. It’s designed in such a way that it would be very difficult for a puppy to get its mouth down low enough to chew it. Mine does not have a single chew mark, but I had Bitter Apple standing by just in case. Thankfully it was not necessary.
Yes, the Richell Expandable Pet Pen is the Lexus of puppy containment solutions, but most of us were fairly warned that the Havanese was not an inexpensive dog to buy and maintain.