Updated: May 16, 2015
Pet Gate Reviews:When we recently went looking for a pet gate it surprised us that they are not much different than the child safety gates you buy for things like stairs in your house. Pet gates are designed with the same purpose in mind, keep the pet (mostly dogs) confined to a particular area in the house. Although these gates are sold as "pet" gates, they tend to focus on dogs since cats are quick to jump over or around them. Dogs and cats are trainable, so even if they don't understand what the gate is for to begin with, over time they will come to know that they should not go past it. Since a dog or cat can easily jump up 3 feet or higher in a single bound, these gates for pets are meant to be a deterrent and not a foolproof system. If you are ready to buy a pets gate for your house, be sure to keep reading our buying guide down below along with reviews.
To begin with, you will find that there are pressure mounted and hardware mount pet gates. The pressure mount gates are convenient since no screws need to put into your walls or woodwork. Many are expandable to fit different sized hallways or door frames. The one drawback is that you will have to remove the gate each time you want to walk past it or it will need a walk through feature. The hardware mount pet gates are sturdier but again you have to install them into the door frame or stud in the wall by using screws. Usually they are designed so that the gate swings open but some have a walk thru design so that only a section of the gate is opened or closed. The mounted pet gates are made with plastic or metals while the pressure mounted ones are typically made with wood. We liked the freestanding pet gate idea where nothing actually gets installed or put into a door frame, the dog gate just sites on the floor next to the door or opening and deters the pet from entering the area. A top rated free standing pet gate is the Richell USA 94136 Rubberwood Freestanding Pet Gate that is stable and sturdy at around $100. You can get extra wide pet gates for doorways or walkways in your home that are too wide for regular sized gates. A friend of our has a tall pet gate since their dog likes to jump and the added height really deters the Labrador from considering it. Over time your dog or cat will get the hint and stop trying to get past the gate. Be consistent and make sure you don't hop over it yourself or else your pet and or kids will imitate your behavior. A pets gate can often double as a child safety gate for stairs, but make sure that you don't install the pressure mounted types at the top of stairs since the weight of a child leaning into the gate may actually force it down. Another popular model is the One Touch Pet Gate from Richell which sells for about $165 and it fits openings that are 36", 48" and 60 inches wide. We found some excellent pet gate reviews on websites like Petco.com, Amazon.com, and Pet-supplies-review.com. The top brands include Richell, KidCo, Cardinal, and Bindaboo. Almost all gates received above average reviews from pet owners and the only problems arose when they were installed into angled or non-standard door frames. Most manufacturers sell extension pieces for their gates but fitting them together with the original gates can be a problem with some. Try to buy an exact (or as close as possible) fit if you can. You can browse the top selling pet gates online here. Another good site to check out is Doggates-4less.com -- not only do they offer informative articles like "Choosing Dog Gates" and "Training With Dog Gates", they also sell almost all varieties of dog gates. Good resource.