Walk-through pet gates are popular because it allows you to leave the gate in one place at all times while you and your pet can use the built-in door to walk from room to room. They have an easy-to-open door and some are designed to even swing both ways to easily move between rooms. For your pet’s safety, look for one that locks to prevent your pet from easily pushing the door open. Some close and lock automatically just in case you forget.
Pet Gate FAQs
Where should I install a pet gate?
A pet gate should be installed anywhere that’s dangerous for your dog. For most pet owners, which may include the kitchen, rooms with fragile items or stairways to avoid falling. When installing the pet gate, make sure the gate is designed for the area. Most pressure-mounted pet gates are not meant to be used at the top of stairs and some gates may scratch vinyl or hardwood floors.
What size should the pet gate door be for my pet?
The size of each pet gate door will vary depending on your pet’s size. Most small pets including Yorkshire Terriers and cats often need a pet gate door that’s at least 6.5-inches wide and 9.5-inches tall. Other larger dogs such as beagles may need a pet gate opening that’s at least 8.5-inches wide and 16-inches tall. If you have a German Shepherd or Labrador Retriever, you’ll need a bigger pet door size that’s at least 11-inches wide and 19.5-inches tall. The pet door size may vary depending on your pet, so make sure to measure before you buy.
What kind of lock should I have for my pet gate?
The pet gate lock should be easy for pet owners to open, but strong enough to withstand pets pushing on the door for the lock to break. The best pet gates have a one-touch quick release handle that opens the door when the button is pressed. Others may include a latch or locks on the top and bottom of the gate to keep the gate door closed without worry. For your peace of mind, look for a pet gate lock that automatically closes and locks after each passing.