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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!