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A good dog gate is something that is essential when you are bringing a new, furry bundle of fun into your home. A new puppy is curious and vulnerable, and a good gate gives you peace of mind keeping the little fur-ball safe from the numerous hazards around the house. It also allows you to protect your possessions as well. Your slippers and anything chewable will thank you for a well positioned gate. Your wallet will as well. A cute chewing habit can turn expensive very quickly.
Once you start thinking about it and looking at what is available on the market, you will quickly realise that there are a lot of things to consider. The following features may start to give you a headache as you weigh up the options, but these are all things to consider.
- How flexible is the gate in its configuration? Are you looking to block off a simple opening at home or do you need angles, corners, wide open spaces blocked off?
- Don’t do all the hard work choosing only to find the gate ends up 6 inches too small.
- Material and strength. How big is your dog? Are we looking at metal, reinforced steel, plastic or wood?
- How stylish do you need it to be? There are various finishes and colours out there to choose from.
- Ease of set up and take down. Self explanatory. If your reach for the stress ball and break out in a cold sweat just thinking about setting the gate up, you have an issue.
- Walk through gate? Do you need to be able to pass through the gate easily? If so, does it have simple, one handed latches so that you can carry your sixth coffee of the morning around the house with your other hand?
- How many pets do you have. Do you need a multi-pet set up? Smaller dog or cat flaps built into the gate to let other furry family members pass through?
Let’s have a look at some of the best options out there. It is useful to note that many of the gates are advertised as baby or infant gates as they fulfill the same function. Baby gates work for your four pawed friends as well.
- 1 Our Recommended Products
- 1.1 Lindam Easy Fit Plus Safety Gate.
- 1.2 Safety First Secure Tech White Metal Gate.
- 1.3 Folding Three-Part Wooden Dog Gate by Coopers.
- 1.4 BabyDan Extra Tall Safety Gate.
- 1.5 Carlsson Tuffy Expandable Pet and Baby Gate.
- 1.6 BettaCare Pet Gate with Cat Flap.
- 1.7 BabyDan Guard Me Retractable Safety Guard.
- 1.8 Trixie Dog Barrier.
- 1.9 Related Articles
Our Recommended Products
Lindam Easy Fit Plus Safety Gate.
The Lindam model is made from strong steel and can be assembled within 5 minutes. All tools provided. Once built, it is designed for easy, one hand operation. The flexible advantage of this product is the ability to switch from a one way opening for the top or bottom of stairs to a two way opening for use in doorways. Four pressure points mean a secure mounting. It is tall, measuring 91.44cm from floor to top. It adjusts to an opening of 110cm. This product is white.
Safety First Secure Tech White Metal Gate.
A white, metal gate easy to assemble and install. No drilling necessary. The gate has a four point pressure fit with colour indicators on the handle to make sure installation is correct and easy. The gate as advertised fits openings from 73cm to 80cm. There are extensions that can be purchased to allow the gate to extend up to 136cm. A feature of this product is a green/red safety indicator which lets you see at a glance if the gate is closed or open.
Folding Three-Part Wooden Dog Gate by Coopers.
More of a barrier than a solid, fixed dog gate but a best seller. Create an instant barrier between any room or across any opening. It is light and portable made out of wood. Very flexible with three hinged sections allowing you to fold and use as needed. Fully open it measures 61cm high x 136cm width. Approximately 24 inches high x 53 ½ inches wide.
BabyDan Extra Tall Safety Gate.
Finished in black, this gate claims to be suitable for larger pets. Pressure technology allows the gate to be fixed without suction cups. There are useful, visual indicators that show when the gate is fitted correctly. One handed operation helps easy use and the gate has two-way opening. The gate has a triple locking handle for extra security largely to protect from curious baby hands, but your pooch might be very crafty! The gate stands at 106cm high and extends to fit openings of 73 to 80cm. You can purchase extensions allowing the gate to cover openings up to 120cm if needed.
Carlsson Tuffy Expandable Pet and Baby Gate.
The Carlsson Tuffy is a strong, metal gate with pressure mounts and soft rubber bumpers that are soft on walls. Scuff resistant. Really easy to assemble and install. The Tuffy is lightweight and thus easy to transport and take with you. It stands 24 inches tall and expands to cover 26-42 inch openings. The big plus with this product is the small pet door built in. This is a 25cm x 18cm small door that opens and lets your pet through without you having to take the gate down every time. Very useful and popular with reviewers. Perfect for puppies and small/medium breeds.
BettaCare Pet Gate with Cat Flap.
Made of steel and plastic, this product comes in white. Tall gate of 104 cm and a width of 75-84cm. There are different extensions you can purchase to cover openings of up to 148cm (extensions of 6.4cm, 12.9cm, 32.4cm available). Double locking system for security and a pinch free hinge, another nice safety feature. Interesting feature is the in-built cat-flap. How your medium sized pooch will react when the cat slides effortlessly through the small flap could be worth filming. Many a jealous looking dog could end up on funny video clips we feel.
BabyDan Guard Me Retractable Safety Guard.
This is a white, PVC free plastic gate. A unique design that is auto-retractable. The gate folds back, concertina style when it opens. It can be opened easily with one hand. The gate can fit openings of 55-79cm. However, it comes with 3 spare extensions in the box and can be extended to fit openings up to 89cm or 113.5cm depending on which extension is used. The gate is wall mounted and folds back neatly when not in use. There is no trip bar so the folded gate is barely noticeable. Suitable for doorways, stairways and hallways. It can also be installed on a diagonal. Installation videos are available online to help you get everything right or to have a good look before you buy.
Trixie Dog Barrier.
The Trixie Barrier is made of birch wood. With clear varnish to show the texture of the wood. The bars are galvanised steel. It is self standing and does not need to be fixed to a wall. Good for small dogs and puppies who could not knock it over. 50cm high, 31cm deep and covers openings with a width of 63-108cm. A two=way access door lets you through easily.
If you need other items to control where your dog can and cannot go, then have a look at our recommended dog doors.