The 9 Best Dog Gates for Every Space in Your Home
Have a curious canine companion who loves to wander or tag along wherever you go? As much as we cherish having our dogs by our side and encourage them to explore, there are times when it might not be the best idea for them to accompany us or have free reign of the entire home. (Especially if they enjoy drinking from the toilet!)
The solution? A dog gate! Creating a barrier helps keep our pups secure in a safe, designated area when we need to limit access to certain parts of the house.
When to Use a Dog Gate
Dog gates can be used for various reasons—maybe you're cooking and don't wish to add specialty dog hairs in your meal (at least, this time), cleaning with strong-smelling products, or are simply stepping out to run a few errands. Incorporating a gate in your home gives your dog a place to relax and retreat.
How to Use a Dog Gate
"Dog gates are a great way to help manage your dog's environment. From creating a safe space for a new puppy, to barricading a doorway to help prevent your dog wandering off somewhere he or she doesn't have access to, gates are a convenient way to make things easier for pet parents," Joan Hunter Mayer, CBCC-KA, a California-based professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, tells Daily Paws.
Mayer also speaks on how not to use a dog gate. She continues, "This doesn't mean they [gates] should be used to sequester a dog, ignoring them because he or she is being a nuisance and owners don't feel like dealing with them."
There are a few factors to consider when choosing the perfect gate, such as: portability, convenience, appearance, your living area, and of course, your dog's size and personality. This will determine whether a free-standing, walk-through, hinged, or retractable gate is an ideal choice.