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Indoor Dog Gates: Making the Right Choice Just Got Easier

Updated on October 2, 2014

Choosing The Right Dog Gate

Indoor dog gates are absolute lifesavers for dog owners. Dog gates can help confine your pooch in a particular room or area and save you from having to follow her around the house to supervise her.

Pet gates are also great when house-training because they enable you to limit how much access your new dog can have to the house.

Since there is a range of dog gate styles, finishes and prices on the market, here are a few tips to help you make the right choice for your household.

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Look What I Found Under the Bed

Look What I Found Under the Bed
Look What I Found Under the Bed

Gone In 60 Seconds . . . - Dog Escapes Pet Gate

How long does it take a clever pooch to figure out how to break out?

3 Tips For Choosing The Right Dog Gate

Considerations You Should Not Overlook

  • 1. Get The right size pet gate, the first time.
  • Avoid wasting money on the worng-sized pet gate by first taking measurements of the doorway or opening area that you'd like to secure with a gate. Then find a gate that will fit that opening. Should your area be larger than usual, you will be happy to know that many pet gates out there are built with an extension panel that will accommodate larger widths. Make sure that the pet gate you choose is tall enough so that your dog cannot jump over it as he grows. This is a common mistake many people make, so invest in a tall dog gate rather than having to buy a new one as your dog gets bigger.
  • 2. Consider ease-of-use.
  • The gate should be easy to open and close. Ensure that the gate's door latch can be opened and closed with one hand, and with ease.
  • 3. Don't compromise safety because of price.
  • Never buy a pet gate that requires you to step over it just to get from room to room. Although less expensive, these gates are hazards and an accident just waiting to happen.

Extra Tall Dog Gates

Carlson Extra Tall Pet Gate, with small pet door
Carlson Extra Tall Pet Gate, with small pet door

Contain dogs large or small with a pressure mounted pet gate. Designed with tubular steel and rounded safety corners. Comes with a 6" extension. Extra extensions available for wider spaces. Extra Tall Gate has a convenient one-touch design. Measures 29-40"W x 41"H. Includes small pet door.


Three Basic Types of Dog Gate Installations

What Works For Your Space?

  • Mounted Pet Gates . . .
  • are installed by attaching to the inside frame of a doorway or archway opening. A lot of people are concerned that these types of pet gates may cause damage to the walls they attach to. There are, however, high quality gates that are manufactured with bumpers to prevent such damage. Choose one of these if your budget allows for it.
  • Tension Pet Gates . . .
  • are gates that can be slid in between door openings and remain somewhat secured with tension, rather than installed wiith screws and hinges. While very easy to install these types of can sometimes be
  • moved by your pet. Depending upon the size and weight of your puppy or adult dog, it may be better to use those that attach to the wall. It's a little extra money and a bit more work to install, but much better in the long run.
  • Free-Standing Pet Gates . . .
  • are just that, free-standing. They do not attach to the inside of door frames and are not kept in place by pressure tension. They have a self-supported structure so that they do not tip over. However, these types of gates may not work for very large dogs whose weight alone can shift the gate out of place.

Tension Mount Dog Gates

Richell Wood Easy-Lock Pet Gate, Mahogany Finish
Richell Wood Easy-Lock Pet Gate, Mahogany Finish

Easily keep pets contained or away from off-limit areas with this convenient pet gate. The unit fits doorways or hallway openings up to 35-2/5 inches wide, while adjuster knobs control the tension-mount installation for a perfect fit. The pet gate features upper and lower gate locks to ensure pet safety and security, as well as a narrower gap of 1-2/5 inches between the spindles. In addition, rubber stoppers protect wall surfaces, and the gate door lifts effortlessly to open or close.


Hallway Pet Gate

Bindaboo Hallway Pet Gate, Swing Closed, White, Extra-Tall
Bindaboo Hallway Pet Gate, Swing Closed, White, Extra-Tall

Easy to install pressure mounted gates; Opens in both directions; One-hand operation; All steel construction; Fits hall way opening up to 63.5"


How To Make A Dog Gate - Make Your Own!

If you're a real do-it-yourselfer, you may want to take note and adapt these instructions to create an indoor dog gate that suits your pet's needs (and complements your decor).

Wood Free-Standing Pet Gate

Richell Wood Freestanding Pet Gate, Large, Autumn Matte Finish
Richell Wood Freestanding Pet Gate, Large, Autumn Matte Finish

Freestanding dog gates protect dogs and doors alike! Our hardwood dog gates keep your pets where you want without damaging walls or floors. Unlike cumbersome pet gates that attach to framework, these classically styled dog gates are self-supporting structures that work in many different areas of your home.


Mesh Dog Gates

Supergate X Wide Wire Mesh Gate, Fits Spaces between 29.5" to 50" wide and 32" high
Supergate X Wide Wire Mesh Gate, Fits Spaces between 29.5" to 50" wide and 32" high

Keep your pets contained in their respective areas of the house with this practical Pet Gate. With a wire mesh design, your pet can still see what's going on in other rooms without having to peek over the top. Features a sturdy hardware frame with rigid vinyl coated wire. Measures 32"H x 29.5"W.


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    • bsalas lm profile image

      bsalas lm 4 years ago

      We have a blind dog and use a baby gate to keep him from falling down the stairs to the basement.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      That Gone in 60 Seconds video is so cute, it appears as though the dog is carefully checking that all is clear before the final move in the great escape and the caption over his or her head should be "child's play"! So baby gates are made for babies and dog gates are made for dogs and you have the right one to solve anyone's problem with your selection....for a happier house all around!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      I need a good gate to keep my puppy from climbing the stairs.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      When we had doggies indoor gates were a necessity - otherwise they figured wherever we went, whatever we wore and whatever we ate was all fair game for them too :)

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      Aquamarine18 5 years ago

      Congratulations on a very informative and content rich lens. I have just published two on dog doors

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      @dogged lm: I agree! Did you see the look on his face when he found he was behind the gate? "Hello! Excuse me! Ahh... do you know that I'm behind this gate and I'll just sit here for a bit until you remember and let me be with you..." No response from his humans, so he decides that he'll have to find his own way to 'escape' so he can be with them. He's sweet! I hope his humans gave him a treat for being so resourceful, though they'll have to replace the gate with a proper pet gate for next time.

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      dogged lm 5 years ago

      Love the video of the great escape artist starring the thinking dog. He couldn't jump the gate because he seems to have a limp love him, but using brain not brawn won the day he made me laugh.

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      buenasmichelle 6 years ago

      Indoor dog gates work most for those people who are busy especially during the morning. Just think if you are living in an apartment and you would not want your landlady or landlord to catch that youâre pet is wandering around, you can just simply put up a dog gate. This is pretty much useful and can save you much time and effort in keeping your pet stay. More information of dog accessories Here!

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      imaginemdd lm 6 years ago

      Good, informative lens. We had to get a gate for our cat when he was geriatric. It was safer for him to be in a smaller area. Thanks for doing this research.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Great advice and selection!

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      ohmydogsupplies 7 years ago

      This is a great guide to dog gates!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great tips and a really informative lens you have here. I have also written an article about extra wide dog gates that you might find helpful.

      All the best.