Factors to Consider When Buying a Dog Gate
Choosing the right dog gate for your dog is an important decision that may affect your dog's behavior, safety, and comfort. Dog gates vary in price from as little as $20 to hundreds of dollars, but even the most expensive dog doors offer a number of features, advantages, and benefits for pet owners. This brief article highlights some of the top considerations for buying dog doors.
Dog gates generally come in two types of material - metal, wood, or plastic - or a combination of both. While the most popular type of dog gate is a free standing steel or aluminum big dog gate, there are other types of pressure-mounted dog gates available as well. They are designed to provide safe and strong openings even when big dogs are present. Permanent pressure-mounted dog gates should only be installed by a trained professional, and are not recommended for home use. Freestanding pressure-mounted dog gates, on the other hand, are best suited for apartment or condo owners who want to ensure the safety of their pets even while away from home.
Before you buy a pressure-mounted dog gate, it's important to identify your dog's size and breed. Large breeds such as German Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Golden Retrievers, and Great Danes all need taller and stronger gates. If your dog doesn't already have an ample space in which to stand up, stand-up dog gates (sometimes referred to as retractable metal gates) may be a more appropriate choice. However, keep in mind that no matter what type of dog gate you choose, you should never place your pet in the open.
Keep in mind that even though a dog gate can keep large dogs inside, it may not be sufficient to keep smaller breeds inside the home. If you have small or medium-sized dogs in the house, you may be concerned that they will be able to squeeze through an unattended gate. This is not a concern with standard, retractable metal gates. If you live in an apartment or have a very tight budget, you may be happy to know that there are several plastic pet gates available for large dogs.
One of the most important factors in choosing the best dog gate overall is selecting the best guide post. The guide post should be placed at least one foot from the ground in order to keep your pet safe when outside. Many guides are made with posts that can nestle under a standard decking system without any unsightly gaps. Evenflo position guide posts are among the most popular, and come in a variety of sizes to suit your exact specifications.
Another consideration when purchasing pet gates is whether or not you would prefer fold-able or stationary doors. Foldable dog gates make it easier to store a dog gate while traveling, allowing you to take the dog gate with you on trips. There are even models available that are solar-powered! If you live in an area where power outages occur frequently, this is definitely something you will want to consider.
Finally, the material your dog gate is made out of will matter a great deal. While plastic may be the cheapest, wood is by far the most durable. If you are concerned about durability, wood is clearly the way to go. You will also find that wood dog crates and gates offer the look of elegance that many people desire in their homes, and are available in a variety of beautiful designs.
There are many other factors that will affect your purchase of a pet gate. The most important ones to remember are the size of your dog, and how much you can afford to spend. Evenflo PetGates offer many styles and sizes to fit all needs, making them a popular choice among dog owners. At the same time, you should consider any special needs your dog has. For example, if your dog is blind, it may not be a good idea to purchase a gate with a latch. However, many manufacturers have recently begun producing pet door latches that provide extra security for pets with disabilities.