When we have workmen or company, it is simply too hot to leave the pups outside for more than a few minutes. Actually, the same is true during the winter months. Extreme weather conditions of any kind make indoor dog gates essential.
We have 2 different dog gates that we use regularly in our home. One that requires hardware mounted on the door facing. And, one that is held in place by tension. Both are fabulous dog gates and I can highly recommend either one depending on your preferences.
Dog Gate with Hardware Required
Kidco Safeway Gate, Top of Stairs Gate, WhiteThis doggie gate is more secure. Unless a dog jumps over the gate, they aren't going to get past it. We have had one dog who was capable of jumping over the gate, but age has slowed that desire and ability. I am quite certain he could still jump the gate if needed, but he is a really good dog who understands the reason for the gate and tries very hard to be obedient. To be completely honest, I am reassured to know he could get over it if needed. After all, the workmen are most often strangers and I am more comfortable having my guard dog only a shout away.
- Adjustable Width to Fit Doorway
- Hardware Required (but you only have to install it once, unless you move)
- Gate Can Be Removed when Not in Use (hardware remains on door facing)
Tension Dog Gate
Evenflo Position and Lock Tall Pressure Mount Wood GateThe tension dog gate is the one we use when we want the dogs to stay in an area of the house without locking them behind a door. I have used it many times in the doorway between the kitchen and the den. It allows them the freedom to move around in a larger area of the house, but to still be limited. This gate was especially useful when we had our bathroom re-tiled. That process took several hours over several days. The dogs were "penned" in the kitchen area where they had access to their food and water all day. Plus, they had plenty of room to walk around or lay down without being literally on top of each other.
- No Permanent Hardware
- Wood (beware, some dogs will chew wood frame)
- Location can be Moved to Different Doorways
- Adjustable Width
The downside to this gate is obvious. Since it is only held in place by tension, a heavier dog, or one who was really persistent, could knock it down. The few times I have seen that happen, the noise of the gate crashing to the ground stunned the dog momentarily and alerted me instantly that the gate was down. That allowed me enough time to get the dog and the gate back when they were supposed to be without incident. Fortunately, our dogs understand the gate is a boundary and they are really good about not crossing the boundary regardless. I have even been able to simply set the gate against the doorway without locking it into place and they understand to stay on their side.
Indoor Dog Gates
I have no doubt that these gates have saved our dogs lives on several occasions and saved me a tremendous amount of stress over the years. Because we have larger breed dogs, I've never felt a kennel was a good option. I wouldn't want to be trapped in one, therefore, I know my dogs don't want to be locked in a cage where they can't even stand up either.
The indoor dog gates allow our dogs to be happier, healthier and safer. They allow us to have the freedom to have our dogs live indoors with us, but be securely contained in safe areas when we have guests.
For all of us in our home, these gates are considered essential and worth the cost.
To new dog owners, I recommend having these gates as soon as you bring a new puppy home. It really is best to train them properly from the very beginning. Puppies are much easier to train than an older dog. However, I can tell you from experience that an older dog can and will learn the boundaries set by a indoor dog gate if you will simply be patient and give them time. Like any other form of training, start out with short periods of time and keep them company. Then work up to longer stretches of time and walk into another room for a few minutes. They will learn that they are safe and that you are coming back. It just takes time and gentle effort!
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