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Finding the Dog Gate That You’ve Been Looking For

Written by Karie Reynolds


Posted on August 04 2018

Your four-legged friend is someone that you turn to and love on a daily basis, but when you’re trying to finish a task or keep an eye on them, you need something that will help you keep them in a particular area. This is where the idea to use the baby gates that have been around for years as dog gates came to be — and it’s taken off.

The reason behind this is that these gates work, always! Dog gates are a fantastic way to ensure that you are able to keep track of your dog at all points. The tough part comes when you have to determine which gate is going to be the best fit for you and your needs.

Dive into today’s blog post for a brief breakdown of the different types of gates to consider so that you have a better idea of what kind to choose.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Gates

The first thing to ask yourself is whether you need an indoor or an outdoor gate, and the answer could definitely be both. If your dog is primarily an outside dog and you don’t have the full luxury of a fence, then an outdoor gate is a great way to give them some freedom while outdoors, but ensure that they don’t wander too far.

On the other hand, if your dog will be spending most of their time indoors with you, then you’re undoubtedly looking for a way to keep them from getting into everything. If that’s the case, then an indoor gate is what you’re going to want to invest in.

Though these gates have the same goals, they’re made very differently because they’re designed to serve a purpose in very different settings. So if you’re looking for one gate over the other, then you will want to look into the type of material that the gate is made out of so that you know that it can hold up to the type of setting that it’s going to be in.

Apartment vs. House

Though it may not seem like it makes a big difference, the size of the space that you need could also play a part in the gate that you choose. There is a variance in sizes, and if you need more than one gate to keep your dog in a specific space, then you want to make sure you plan accordingly for that. Most apartments can suffice with just one gate blocking off doorways, so you shouldn’t have to worry about purchasing more than you need in these instances.

Size of the Dog

The size of your dog is going to play a significant part in how well the gate works for you. Think about it, a dog that is on the smaller size and weighs less than 30 pounds is going to need a much different gate than a dog that weighs over 70 pounds and is on the larger side. Plan accordingly when you have a dog that is on the larger size and will be more likely to hop over the gate or knock it down — you don’t want to invest in more than one gate because of poor planning.

Space You Want to Block Off

All gates are not made equally, so don’t go purchasing them as if they are! The space that you’re going to block off will also play a part in the type of gate that you should buy. If you’re looking to block off a wider section of area, then you are going to need more than a barrier to keep them blocked off.

One of the more common areas that people block pets off from is the stairs, and there are specific gates that are made for this purpose. Rather than buy a gate that is too long to properly block off the stairs, it’s better to invest in a barrier that fits the space well and can provide you with secure coverage of the opening to the stairs.

Temporary or Permanent

Believe it or not, you do have the ability to choose whether or not you’d like to have a gate that is there permanently or that you’re able to move around. If you’re someone that is going to need your gate on a daily basis, then it might be worth it to have a gate that is permanently installed in your home. There are so many different types that you can choose from, but one that has proven to be very popular is built in your door frame so that it can go up and down as needed.

Now, on the other hand, if you’re only going to be blocking off the stairs or a room every once in a while, then a temporary gate will do just fine. Barriers are a fantastic tool to use when training your dog, in those instances, it makes more sense to have a temporary gate that still serves a purpose but doesn’t have to be something that’s permanently installed in your home.

Shop The Stair Barrier Collection

The team at The Stair Barrier has worked hard to create safety gates that keep your pets off the stairs or in the space that you’re looking to block off. We’ve made high-quality barriers that are efficient and work, but they don’t clash with your style or design. Our collection of gates offers a wide selection from you to choose from — so browse and find a piece the gate that matches your personality and needs perfectly.



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