Selecting the Right Gate for Your Dog

Whether you’re training a new puppy or need to contain your dog to a certain area of the house, a pet gate can be extremely helpful. While selecting a pet gate may seem like a simple task, there are quite a few things to consider to make sure you choose the most appropriate one for your furry friend and home! 

The size of your dog should be one of the first things you consider when selecting a gate. If your dog is a larger breed (or happens to be a talented jumper), be sure the gate you select is tall enough to keep them contained. For smaller breeds, it’s important to examine the spacing between each bar as some dogs may be small enough to squeeze through while you’re not looking! 

The type of gate that you’ll need will also depend on where you’re planning to use it within your home. If you’re planning to install a gate at the top of a staircase to prevent your dog from going to the upper floor or down to the basement, be sure to select a sturdy, hardware mounted gate to prevent it from falling over. 

If you’re planning to install a gate that will be up in your home for a while, consider purchasing a walk-through gate. As these types of gates have latches and swinging doors, they offer a convenient option for pet parents as you won’t have to hop over the gate each time you enter or exit the room! Easy to install, pressure mounted gates can be instantly secured without any hardware within a doorway or other opening in your home.

If you need to contain your dog for a shorter period of time and can’t allow them to roam around an entire room, an exercise pen can help! Easy to use, exercise pens can be quickly set up in a pinch and are foldable for convenient storage. 

If you’re also looking for a way to keep your dog contained while outdoors, fence systems can offer a great solution. If you’re considering installing a fence system in your yard, make sure you select one that is appropriate for your dog’s size and follow all instructions. 

In-Ground fence systems, such as the PetSafe Deluxe In-Ground Fence System, can reduce your worry while giving your pet the freedom to explore. To install, you will need to determine the boundary that you want your pet to roam and then bury the wires in your yard.  

While outside, your pet will need to wear a collar that picks up a signal from a transmitter. If your pet approaches the boundary wires, they will be alerted by a beeping noise. If they choose to continue past the limits, the collar will administer a safe static correction to remind them that they should not leave the designated area. Featuring four adjustable levels of static correction and a tone-only mode, the collar makes it easy to train your pet to stay in the yard. 

If you don’t want to bury any wires, a wireless fence system can also help prevent your dog from leaving the yard. Covering an adjustable circular area up to 3/4 of an acre, the PetSafe Stay & Play Wireless Fence System is completely portable and can be set up rather quickly. Similar to the in-ground fence system, a rechargeable collar features five adjustable levels of static stimulation with a tone-only mode to help train your pet to obey the boundaries.

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