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The Best Dog Safety Gate, Pet Door, Dog Ramp, Dog Play Pens and Runs

Updated on April 8, 2011

Keep your dog safe

It is not easy keeping your dog under control when you are not able to supervise him, using a dog gate, dog play pen or dog run will help your dog be safe and give you piece of mind. There are many solutions available ranging from a simple dog gate which restricts access to some areas to a fully enclosed weatherproof dog pen.

Maybe you are out at work and need to let your dog out to use the toilet, a dog door can be used to allow your dog into the yard.

Here in this article we will review the pros and cons of each, we hope you find it useful in your search for dog safety products.

Never leave your dog alone for too long and use all of these products sensibly.

Dog Doors and Accessories

Installing a dog door can be a great idea if your pet needs access to outdoor space, they can be used during training or when you are not at home.

There are a number of things to consider when buying a dog door and here are some product specifics to help you decide:

  • Easy fit
  • Sturdy materials
  • Weather proof
  • Ease of use
  • Size of dog
  • Price
  • Additional tunnel facility
  • Easy clean
  • Locking mechanism
  • Anti jam facility
  • Ventilation

Whatever you decide a dog door fitted properly and used correctly can make an ideal addition to your dogs environment.

Dog Gates for sale

I have two very boisterous Labradors that love to run, this is great but not inside the house. I am able to restrict the dogs access to certain parts of the house by using safety gates.

Originally I used old baby safety gates but it didn't take long for the dogs to figure out how to jump them, it was then I invested in good solid dog safety gates. Please consider the following when buying a dog safety gate:

  • Height of gate
  • Width of bars
  • Material no loose paint
  • Chew proof
  • Washable
  • Easy release
  • Sturdy lock
  • Easy fitting and release

Make sure you choose the right gate for your dog, be aware that small dogs can get stuck in between bars of unsuitable child safety gates.


Dog Pool Ramp and Car Ramp

Many of us have people carriers or suv's for our ever growing families, as great as they are they often pose a challenge for our dogs.

Puppies need to protect their growing joints and jumping into a high car can be dangerous, small dogs can hurt themselves jumping into the boot of a car and older dogs can fing it impossible.

Invest in a dog ramp and all of these problems go away.

Dog ramps come in many sizes and prices but the most important things to consider are these:

  • Sturdy design
  • Non slip walkway
  • Foldable for storage
  • Weight for carrying
  • Weight tolerance for size of dog
  • Fixing to car


Dog Playpen's

At first glance you may feel a playpen for your dog is a bit of a luxury but think again.

A playpen is brilliant for training, security or simply quiet time for your dog.

When buying a suitable playpen consider what you are going to use it for then look at he qualities of each pen:

  • Indoor/Outdoor
  • Weatherproof
  • Chewable
  • Weight
  • Size for storage
  • Lockable
  • Easy clean

Never leave your dog for long periods of time especially outdoors, always make sure your dog can shelter from the sun.

Pet Stairs and Steps

Like the pet ramps mentioned earlier a set of dog stairs can be useful for small and elderly dogs. I never recommend letting young puppies using any kind of stairs as accidents often happen to their young bones, young under developed hips take a lot of strain when climbing stairs.

If you are buying a set of stairs for your dog try and keep the amount of steps to a minimum, make sure they have non slip material on each step and are secured in position before your dog uses them.

Remember the weight aspect of a set of stairs and consider were they will be stores when not in use. Under no circumstance should children or adults use these stairs as they are not designed with you in mind; you have been warned!


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