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Cautionary note on pet gates. Some have slates that are wide enough for small puppies to walk thru. The first gate we got (Carlson, I think, for about $35-40 from Amazon) Cassie was able to walk thru the slates at 16 weeks. I rigged a temporary fix with wire woven thru bottom but could see she was working at escape. I have seen people weave sheets of plexiglass thru bottom also, but in researching problem found a Richell gate whose slates are spaced closer together. It was over $100 but since it is our main "lockup" gate on a bathroom, decided to get it and it works perfectly. We use the original on a room she isn't allowed in, but it isn't a critical barrier area so doesn't have to be escape proof. Some, but not all of these gates will give you how far apart the slates are set. The Richell was the smallest I could find and it was referenced on other sites with owners of small dogs having this problem with the most popular gates. I couldn't find the specs for slate spacing for the gates the link is posted to, but they may be listed some where. You can always try to modify if too wide but wanted to share this warning. Nothing like locking a puppy up and turning around to find they are following behind you with a happy look.
Ps. Just checked and Richell slates are 1 1/2 inches apart...others are often 2 and 2 1/2. The spec often don't inform you but lots of customer comments on amazon will give inf on spacing. Richell's are listed in their specs. $94 on Amazon, which is pricy as most walk thru gates are below $40.
Last edited by Cassandra; 03-11-2016 at 10:00 AM.