Do you have a new puppy in your home? Congratulations! Pets make wonderful additions to our lives and families, but it’s important to get off to a good start with establishing boundaries and training your pet what is expected of him or her in your household.  This includes teaching your pet that certain areas of your home are restricted and off limits. A dog left to his own devices can get into a lot of trouble. Many pet owners use dog crates as a way to house train their dogs and to keep them contained whenever they will be left on their own. However, even if you plan on using a dog crate, pet gates are another way to teach your dog boundaries and keep them safe. Pet gates are available in multiple sizes and styles to accommodate a variety of spaces, home décor, sizes and temperaments of dogs, etc. You can find pet gates made from wood, metal or plastic and in many different styles ranging from the simpler, more portable, pressure gate to the designer metal or wooden gate that are designed to look like a piece of furniture. Some types are held in place using pressure while others need some installation, which, in turn, makes them sturdier and more permanent.  When choosing a pet gate, first find out which one will fits your specific needs. Factors to consider include how the size of the area, how big your dog is and if your dog is an escape artist or jumper or if he’s rather docile and will avoid a gate just because its there. First, be sure to take good measurements of the area you plan to close off. Next, pick the type of pet gate you need.  If you need it for the top of the stairs, for instance, don’t get a pressure gate, get one you install which is sturdier.  After you install your new gate, take some time to teach your dog to wait or stay whenever you pass through.