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Havanese gates..lessons learned!

I have now gone thru four gates, the step thru kind, used to lock Cassie in her bathroom when we are out of the house..which is rare as I am home all day, everyday, or another adult is and it is usually for one or two hours on average (ok, the first longer outing for the whole family minus Cassie was when Star Wars was released last year). Have done close to four hours but never more, but she hates, hates being locked up and when she sees me getting outdoor shoes, etc, she has been known to hide under beds, in bushes outside. She settles down fine after we leave because I have a video camera on her sometimes. But we need a secure gate and I don't like to shut the door on her (there is a window in the bathroom, but still feels confining with door shut).

The first one, a Regalo, has openings too wide and she walked thru it. Karen had actually posted a warning re this one several years ago, but I missed that post. (I had thought I had bought a Carlson, because they look the same).

I replaced it with a fabulous Richell..slats are very close, perfect and looked nice. BUt...it is wooden and I discovered a few days ago that she has been chewing the inside. Back up went the Regalo with a second pressure gate inside.

Reading thru previous posts, I narrowed down on the Kidco and the Bindaboo which is also sold under Dreambaby label. I started with Kidco. Amazon reviewers asked about the spacing of the slates and the answers ranged from three inches to 2 3/8. I called the company; they confirmed the spacing between the slats was 2 3/8. What they didn't tell me was the spacing to the wall part was three inches. She can definitely get a lot of her head thru and run the risk of getting stuck. Sent it back (love Amazon!). It would work fine for a simple barricade to keep her out of some room, but not as a lockup gate when we weren't home.

I decided to try the Bindaboo/Dreambaby (same gate, baby version slightly cheaper as many purchasers reported). I hesitated because it is advertised as self closing and reviewers didn't like that. When it arrived, it had a sticker saying it now has stay open feature and it does.

It seems to be perfect...all of the slates openings including the ones on edges are 2.25 inches, which is perfect. Will report if any flaws appear after some useage but right now, it seems like this is finally the solution. It is slightly more difficult to open because you have to unlock and lift and I think that will be too hard for my granddaughters if they want to use Cassie's bathroom but they do have other options. Since I spent many hours on web trying to pin down which will work for me, I wanted to share the painful details!
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I have now gone thru four gates, the step thru kind, used to lock Cassie in her bathroom when we are out of the house..which is rare as I am home all day, everyday, or another adult is and it is usually for one or two hours on average (ok, the first longer outing for the whole family minus Cassie was when Star Wars was released last year). Have done close to four hours but never more, but she hates, hates being locked up and when she sees me getting outdoor shoes, etc, she has been known to hide under beds, in bushes outside. She settles down fine after we leave because I have a video camera on her sometimes. But we need a secure gate and I don't like to shut the door on her (there is a window in the bathroom, but still feels confining with door shut).

The first one, a Regalo, has openings too wide and she walked thru it. Karen had actually posted a warning re this one several years ago, but I missed that post. (I had thought I had bought a Carlson, because they look the same).

I replaced it with a fabulous Richell..slats are very close, perfect and looked nice. BUt...it is wooden and I discovered a few days ago that she has been chewing the inside. Back up went the Regalo with a second pressure gate inside.

Reading thru previous posts, I narrowed down on the Kidco and the Bindaboo which is also sold under Dreambaby label. I started with Kidco. Amazon reviewers asked about the spacing of the slates and the answers ranged from three inches to 2 3/8. I called the company; they confirmed the spacing between the slats was 2 3/8. What they didn't tell me was the spacing to the wall part was three inches. She can definitely get a lot of her head thru and run the risk of getting stuck. Sent it back (love Amazon!). It would work fine for a simple barricade to keep her out of some room, but not as a lockup gate when we weren't home.

I decided to try the Bindaboo/Dreambaby (same gate, baby version slightly cheaper as many purchasers reported). I hesitated because it is advertised as self closing and reviewers didn't like that. When it arrived, it had a sticker saying it now has stay open feature and it does.

It seems to be perfect...all of the slates openings including the ones on edges are 2.25 inches, which is perfect. Will report if any flaws appear after some useage but right now, it seems like this is finally the solution. It is slightly more difficult to open because you have to unlock and lift and I think that will be too hard for my granddaughters if they want to use Cassie's bathroom but they do have other options. Since I spent many hours on web trying to pin down which will work for me, I wanted to share the painful details!
We have a Bindaboo as well as the two Regalo's. The Bindaboo is WAY better. Our's is old enough that it doesn't stay open on its own, but we solve that with a small bungee when we need it open. It would be perfect if it could stay open on its own!

The Regalo has a fussy latch mechanism that requires two hands to open as well as the problem with bar spacing. We did solve that, however, by installing plexiglas panels over the bars until the puppies were big wnough that they no longer fit through. The only thing that I can say in favor of the Regalo over the Bindaboo is, as long as you're willing to modify it to make up for the bar spacing problem, it's a LOT less expensive than the Bindaboo.
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The pricing is crazy...with the Bindaboo label it is around $70, under the Dreambaby label it is $48 and the Regalo is about $32 right now.
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We have the Richell gate and it's been working out great. I needed a gate that would stretch open 4 feet. I got my mother-in-law a human baby gate to keep Rudy in her kitchen when she "babysits".
We never had a problem with it. I decided to go with the plastic baby gate at her house because it fit her doorway entrance and it was a lot cheaper than a dog gate for the same width. It was one of the Graco models.
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Richell makes some very nice free standing gates, as well as the wooden doorway step thru gate that Cassie chewed when locked up. Fortunately I need multiple gates..the Richell and Regalo have moved to doorways where we are keeping Cassie "out", rather than "in", like the room with the cat litter box or the room with my grandchildren's toys, and I have two folding wooden free standing gates that she has never tried to go around or chew that are across wide openings...they are just used as barriers to limit the number of rooms she has access to at a time.

Cassie's issue is putting anything and everything into her mouth...potty training is really over.
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These havs are up to some crazy stuff when they us putting our outdoor shoes on.
Hope the gate works and everything goes smoothly.
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That was expensive for me.

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