Choosing indoor pet gates for dogs sounds simple, doesn't it? Measure the space and buy one that fits, right? How hard can it be?
Actually, there are hundreds of different pet gates fro dogs or cats or other home animals available on Amazon or elsewhere online, and finding the one that will work best for your dog and that will work best in your environment can be much harder than it seems.
Unlike buying a good dog bed where sizes won't always matter, some gates work better for larger dogs and some work well for small dog breeds, but what if you have both? Which dog gates work best in an apartment? This buyer’s guide will answer all of your questions and help you choose the perfect pet gate for your dog.
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Indoor Pet Gates for Dogs: A Buyer’s Guide
What types of indoor pet gates for dogs are there?
The first thing you will need to do is decide what type of indoor pet gates for dogs will work best for your situation. There are three main types:
- Pressure-mounted dog gates are held in place by applying pressure against the door frame or walls.
- Hardware-mounted gates need permanent hardware to attach them to the door frame or wall studs.
- Freestanding dog gates and enclosures don’t attach to anything. They stand up on their own.
Which dog gates will work best for your home?
One of the most common places to put an indoor dog gate at home is at the top or bottom of stairs. When placing a pet gate at the top of stairs, be sure to use a hardware-mounted gate (something like Supergate Deluxe Décor gate) so there is no chance of it falling over if your pet or a person puts pressure on it. However, any type of gate would work well at the bottom of stairs.
If you live in a small(er) space, like an apartment, a freestanding gate for dogs would be a good choice, such as Richell Deluxe Freestanding gate – it will do exactly what you need it to do!
You can block off the area that you don’t want your pooch to enter, and when you need the extra space, you can take the gate down and store it easily under a bed or in the closet. Richell company are long time experts with pet gates. Also, freestanding gates don’t require hardware so they won’t do any damage to the walls once you take them down.
If you have a larger home, like a house and you don't use metal crates for dogs, or you need to block off a larger area like a double door frame, consider dog doors that have multiple panels, such as North States Industries gates. These gates are handy in many situations because you can zigzag them to fit smaller spaces and completely extend them to fit large open areas. In fact, North States have some of the best pet gates on the market!
Small dogs vs bigger breeds
Finding a pet gate to contain a small breed dog is pretty simple. Most pet doors, bigger ramps or dog playpens (sometimes used for babies) will do the trick. But finding the best dog barrier that will contain a large breed can sometimes prove to be rather difficult
In the case of bigger dogs whom you can never put in some sort of soft pet crate, you need an indoor pet gate that is tall enough so that they can’t just walk or jump over it and one that is sturdy enough so that they can’t just knock it over to get around it. Don’t forget that you will need to get past the gate as well. You will want to choose a walk-through gate, which means that it has a panel that swings open so you can get through and then locks behind you.
With all of this in mind, I found that my neighbor's Summer Infant Multi-Use gate does exactly that. They have the Beige color, and it looks absolutely wonderful and fits with their decor.
Home with pets of all sizes
In case you have large AND small pets in the same home, it will get very frustrating if you have to constantly pick up the smaller animal and put them on the other side of the gate. To make things easier, you can buy a dog gate with a small pass-thru door built into it. Think of it as a pet gate with a small cat door on the bottom for them to enter and leave whenever they please. This way your smaller animals can pass through the gate without trouble, but your larger dog is still confined.
These types of pet confinement barriers are more rare, but one of the best ones out there (simple and cheap!) is Carlson's 0930PW extra-wide walk-thru gate.
Like shopping for any other pet product that you hope will stay in your home for a long time, such as wooded crates for dogs, searching for perfect pet gates can be a chore, but once you find the right one you will be happy that you did the research and spent that extra buck to ensure safety, quality, reliability and good design. As long as you take your pet and living space into consideration (meaning you'll measure and take a second to think how it will all work), you should be able to find the perfect gate to fit your needs in no time.
Remember that safety is always the first concern when installing your indoor pet gates for dogs or cats or other house animals, so if you have any questions – be sure to ask a trained professional at your local pet store for advice, or research this topic more on our site or elsewhere online.