If you own a dog, chances are there are areas of your home that for some reason or other should be kept pet free. While it’s recommended that you crate train your dog and keep him in a dog crate when you are unable to oversee him, even when he is out and about in your home and being overseen, there will be times when your dog can get into mischief or trouble. Pet gates are a great way to keep your pet out of potentially dangerous places, from bolting out of an open door or from getting into mischief in parts of your home which are not doggie proof.  

Pet gates, are easy to set up and take down. They usually they require nothing more than unfolding or sliding the adjustment bar to place or remove. As in shopping for dog crates, pet gates come in several colors or shades, different materials, styles or with different add-ons. Several popular materials that pet gates are made from are wood, wire, plastic, and metal, with each having their own value and uses. Some pet owners prefer to get a pet gate that matches the style and materials of their dog crates and dog houses to avoid having clashing dog gear around your home. One of the most popular types of pet gates are the wooden pet gates.  These are great if you want to add to the beauty of your home decor, or have a dog that needs a gate stronger than a wire or plastic gate, but don't want to use a metal gate.  Wire pet gates are ideal if you have smaller dogs or puppies who could possibly try to escape through the bars of a wood one. Plastic gates are typically the most economical, easy to assemble and lightweight, but can be less durable than the other varieties.

You may be wondering how you get around a pet gate, especially if you need a taller one for a large dog. Pet gates come with a variety of door styles. Sometimes a swinging door is included with the gate. These have release handles that are impossible for dogs to accidentally hit and open. These mini-gates make it much easier for you to pass through the pet gate, especially if they're extra tall or you have trouble stepping over it. Some have "small pet doors" that allow smaller pets, such as cats, to pass through unobstructed, while still containing the larger dog. Most pet gates have either a sliding adjustment bar or are folding gates. Folding gates are especially great for larger areas or entrances with an unusual shape, as they allow you to customize shape of your dog gate to your heart's content. Sliding gates are more commonly used for regular doorways and staircases. They're typically smaller, but also take less time to assemble.