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Dog Gate - How to Select the Best Dog Gate

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A dog gate can be an essential item to keep your dog or puppy confined to an area while he is being housebroken and so you can supervise his every move in order to keep him safe. Baby gates can be used as dog cates and help to block off rooms, stairways, carpeted areas or forbidden rooms. It is best to keep a puppy confined to smaller areas until you can trust him to roam the house.

Before buying your dog gate, consider where you want it, the width of the area you are tying to gate and the size (height) of your dog relative to the height of the gate. Consider if it is a high traffic area that you will need to go through, as this will be important when choosing the design.

Here are some additional factors to consider before you make your final purchase of a dog gate.

Desirable Features in a Dog Gate

  • Durable
  • Sturdy
  • Safe
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to use
  • Design –permanent or temporary styles or has a door or easy opening for human traffic

    Ideal Choice of a Dog Gate

  • Good quality plastic and wood dog gates can be can both be safe and durable.

    Shopping Tips for a Dog Gate

  • Consider dog gates that are approved for babies as they often have the best safety features.

  • The dog gate should be wide enough to expand across the area you are trying to cross. You may want to measure your door first! Most doorways vary from 28 to 36 inches in width. If you need more width, choose a model that allows for extensions. Some gates can extend up to 3 feet for larger entrances or openings.

  • Choose a dog gate with a height that your pup will not be able to jump over now or in the immediate future and secure enough that he can't easily knock over.

  • The temporary style of dog gate, gives you more flexibility to move it to different locations such as at the bottom or top of stairs or to different rooms. Permanent gates are generally sturdier but need to attach to the wall or doorframe.

  • Consider where you are placing the dog gate relative to where you normally walk in your home when selecting the style. If placing a gate in a high traffic door way, consider a style that easily opens and closes allowing human traffic flow or allows you to easily remove and replace it.

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