Pet gates come in all sizes, colours, design style and prices. Usually, there are three methods of attachment to the doorway. One is to drill holes for the brackets. This is a more permanent type of gate and will damage woodwork but can easily be repaired later on. Another is the pressure mounted gate. This type of gate will fit very snugly against a small doorway, but not against one larger. The last method is the free standing or walk through gate. In this instance the pet can watch his owner and feel safe and secure on the other side. This is because the wooden slats are spaced enough apart the dog doesn’t feel isolated or closed off.
Pet owners who have acquired a new puppy will usually seek out advice on which types of pet gates are best. They wish to protect the puppy while securing him at the same time in one area, such as the kitchen. Usually, when a puppy is being housebroken, the kitchen floor is easier for cleaning up accidents than the plush carpet in the living room. Once the puppy is housebroken, his owners may wish to let him come sit with them, because they will be assured he will not make a mess anywhere. Other reasons for buying a barrier is when a dog is ill, or elderly and there are active children in the home. The gate protects the dog from rough handling and the kids from being possibly bitten.
Some pet owners, who work outside the home, will purchase walk through pet gates because the dog will not realize he is being confined if he can see through the bars. Instead of restricting the dog, they feel he needs room to move around, so they will place his food, water and crate with toys and blanket inside and open door, in the corner of the kitchen. This act gives the dog the reassurance he may enter his crate at will and he will fell much more safe. If a doorway is very large, most gates have an extender that will allow a tighter fit. For instance, the walk through gate comes in sizes 28-5/16 to 35-3/4 inches. The extender will allow a fit of up to 60 inches. Because this particular gate swings both ways, and allows the dog to view the surroundings beyond the gate, it has become one of the favourites of most pet owners. Before purchasing any gate, measure the width of the doorway chosen to barricade the pet, and then go from there.