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Buying a Dog Gate

Updated on June 13, 2013

There are many reasons people choose to purchase a dog gate. Their dog may be urinating or defecating all over the house when left alone. He may be anxious and destroy items – from the couch to your Gucci handbag. Maybe he serves himself your dinner or you have a new baby in the house. Either way, gates for dogs are a necessity in some houses, and the following is a little information to help to make the transition better.  The following are some items to consider before buying a pet gate?

An Anxious Dog

So your dog is a bit of a doozy. He chews up your personal items, he’s pooped and peed all over, and/or he’s personally greeting everyone who is showing up to your party the way dogs do: jumping and sniffing. He won’t stay out of the guest room or gets hair all over the couch in the living room. Enough is enough! You need your boundaries.

Don’t fret. Dogs live off boundaries. Unfortunately, they are accustomed to smelling their boundaries rather than seeing one. And sometimes training isn’t enough if you aren’t there. Or sometimes, it’s because you left that all hell broke loose. You shouldn’t feel bad about confining your dog for a certain period of time. As long as your dog gets to spend quality time with you and goes for his regular thirty minute to one hour walks with you, he could probably benefit from boundaries.

A dog feels better being able to watch you through a gate than locked in a he's not separated from the pack. Be sure to dog proof the room by keeping cords out of the way, unplugged, or taken out completely. Give him plenty of things to chew on, and take out things you don’t want him to chew on, if possible. Make sure any toys you give him are durable and not easily chewed apart and ingested. A bed is always good, but make sure it’s sturdy if you think your dog will destroy it. Water is good, but make a judgment call on how much to give him. We don’t want to encourage accidents, of course, but hot days will be coming about. Also, a little bit of background noise, like a radio or a television in another room, might help quell his anxiety.

Special Note: Separation Anxiety

A dog gate can be beneficial to those who have dogs with separation anxiety. It will limit his zone of destruction, and can make him feel a little more secure if he doesn’t have the whole house to pace. To try and break the habit of separation anxiety, don’t make your hellos and goodbyes something that will win you an Oscar. In fact, don’t tell him anything as your leaving. This will only let him know he’s in for a long haul of being alone. Break up your habit so he doesn’t know what to expect when you’re leaving. Instead, rearrange the order you grab your things to go, or stop in the middle to sit and read the paper. When he’s calm, slip out the door. Breaking the pattern might do wonders for a dog with separation anxiety. It lets go of a lot of the anticipation. It’s always best to test the gate out before you leave the home, however, giving him time to get used to it before you put it to the real test.

Behold the Dog Gate
Behold the Dog Gate

Tips of Buying a Pet Gate

The indoor dog gate comes in two forms: the pressure mounted gate and the hardware mounted gate. Pressure mounted gates don’t need any tools to set them up, and use the pressure of the latch making the gate wider against the wall to affix the gate. These are often cheaper and easier to install, but they can be unsteady and tip over. They are best used with smaller dogs and should never be used on top of stairs. Hardware mounted gates are screwed into the walls, and are thereby more durable. There are some that has a latch to open the gate, so remember not to put the gate in a way that it will swing over the stairwell if used on top of stairs. These are good if you have bigger or bulkier dogs, and also come in handy when you have kids.

Measure the area you need to use the gate for first, then buy. This will save you a lot of headaches. Also, there are many different styles of gates that will suit most homes. They even make extra wide dog gates, some of which are free standing, and don't need to be installed by drilling into the wall. If buying an extra wide dog gate, a plastic one is more flimsy and not the best choice.

So that's the gist of getting a gate for your dog. Of course, dogs may be sneaky and figure out how to jump, open, or squeeze past a gate. In this case, you might want to consider more training for your dog, first. But that would be in another article. They do offer extra tall dog gates, which may be good for dogs who are bigger than your average dog, however.


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