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So a few days ago I mentioned in a thread that Raffi had learned how to swing open his gate. Since then I had only left through the garage and he seemed okay with that. If I left through the the front door he thought I was going outside without him and wanted to go. Well, the last two days he has opened his gate even though I left through the garage.

What kind of gate does everyone recommend? It is a rather large opening I need to block. I don't think that at almost seven minutes months he needs the run of the house when I am away. There is just too much temptation!

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How big is the opening and what are you using now? After Cassie got thru our first gate, which had normal spacing, we switched to this Richell which has narrow slots and swings both ways..a little pricy, but it worked to keep our escape artist in her lockup room (a nice bathroom!).



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Raffi!! LOL sorry but am giggling over the visual of him escaping...
I agree on the temptations Sophie at almost 16 months would never get the run of the house yet. I imagine it will be at least a couple more years. I don't know much about the gates but the one Cassandra posted looks great!
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Thanks Cassandra. I need it to cover 63 inches. I am using a free standing one. I am not sure one will attach to my walls as they are on an angle. I leave him in the kitchen and block between the dining room. My dining room is octagon shaped so the walls don't line up like a regularr door opening. The one you have looks nice. I glanced through some of the others but will do more research on Amazon. I know of one I saw about a month ago that should work but it was at TJ Max so I am sure it is good ne by now.

Dee Dee he always amazes me and makes me laugh. These pups are so smart!

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I see...freestanding ones are a challenge for keeping in a determined escape artist. I have two free standing ones also, one with five panels for a dining room to living room large opening, but the free standing ones I use only to keep her in the room I am in with her...my house is one confinement area after another. Interestingly, she has never tried to get around the free standing ones but they are really just psychological barriers unlike the pressure mounted gate to lockup area.

There are cheaper pressure-mounted than the Richell one I sent amazon link that would work for a larger puppy who couldn't fit thru the slots...they tend to run about $ 40 and some have extensions but not sure if they go as wide as you need. I once had a gate that you attached to a wall and pulled it open (extension) but I didn't want to drill into walls this time, so I searched for a pressure mounted step thru with narrower slots than most (there are also pressure mounted with mesh that you just lift out, but the step thru is easier to live with on a long term basis).
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I agree they are almost scary smart. And funny as heck!
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We are using the same baby gate that I had with Melo. Bought it at Target and it expands to fit tightly in my doorway. of course the room I am confining the boys to is square and the door opening lines up.
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Tuesday I caught him in the act' it was neat to see how he wrapped his paws around the slat to pull,it open . Today I outsmarted him. I tucked one end between the buffet and the wall far enough the couldn't pull it out. Next I took a resistance band that had a hook on each end off of a piece of exercise equipment. I tied the other end of the gate to the trash can using the band and hooking the ends together. Just to be sure I sat a 12 pack of soft drinks on the trash can to give it added weight. I keep having this image of him acting like a teenager sneaking out of the house.?Now to see if he can solve this puzzle.

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Escape artist ha! sounds like a clever chap you have there! Sammy was a digger so i know how it feels like. Well, there is a wide variety of pet gates that you can use. How to choose the right one is the main challenge but should basically be determined by the area, style and a thorough comparison of different features each has.
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