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Fencing off rooms?

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I need ideas for fencing off rooms in my house that will not make my husband angry. He hates all the gates I have set up for our puppy. Is anyone using something unique and temporary enough to take down quickly and easily? Is there such a thing?

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Those darn husbands! Do you have an area that you could put an ex pen up with a crate in it with room for a pee pad? Here's Bowie's setup including our part-time Kitty that thinks he's a dog! When the pup isn't in the pen keep him on a leash with you. I tether Bowie to cabinet pulls when I'm in the kitchen...
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Gates are just a part of having a puppy. There are fancy gates you can find on Etsy and have made custom, but they cost an arm and a leg for something you likely won't have more than a year. There are some gates that are set on on legs so they can easily be moved aside, but if the puppy is persistent enough, there's always the chance that they could move it out of the way. We had a gate up going from our mudroom (where we kept Nino as a puppy) to our kitchen that had an easy open latch on top and self-closed, but the power it closed with made me nervous, and he was able to slip between the crack it left between the end of the gate and the wall (gate was small, extenders made it too big).

Honestly, there isn't going to be much else you can use that will be any less cumbersome/unsightly than baby gates, but it is really a small, trivial sacrifice to make in order to have a well-behaved, housetrained dog for 14+ years.

EDIT: Like Bowie's Mom said, there is the option of an ex-pen. That would work, but if you are specifically looking for something to block off rooms, gates are best. If blocking rooms off isn't necessary, absolutely go with the pen
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I feel like I am the "queen of gates" as I have run thru a number to address specific problem areas. It depends on what areas you need to fence off. I have a wide opening from dinning room to living room that I used a free standing five panel gate. A determined puppy could push thru them, but Cassie never did...she accepts it as a barrier. Here it is on Amazon, although I think I did not pay $63 for it. Amazon prices bounce up and down. The nice thing about it is that adults can step over, it is moveable, foldable etc.



Then I have a three panel, taller one that I use in a different regular door way into the same room from a hallway and it fits snuggly against a bookcase so she could have a hard time getting thru. It is also foldable, and easily removed. It looks like this one, but I don't think it was exactly the same. But I think it was around $25.



Finally, I have three step-thru gates that are very secure, press against doorways, and humans just open and step thru. This was a little harder because the slats on many of the brands are too wide to hold our little guys in. I finally found one that is metal and has narrow slats, it is sold both as a pet gate (Bindaboo) and baby gate with a different name, but they are the same. I think the baby gate, Dreambaby Chelsea Auto Close Security Gate in White, was slightly cheaper. I had a Richell wood one-touch that I loved, but when used as the gate to keep her in her lockup room, she chewed it, so replaced it with the Dreambaby, and use it now to keep her out of the room that the grandkids play in (loaded with small plastic things that taste yummy). Richell is really nice looking if you wanted to use a step thru gate in an area where it is just preventing access, not confining, or if your puppy isn't like to chew wood. I know that some people are happy with the fairly inexpensive pressure gates that fit in doorways, but I don't like the hassle with them, and prefer the step-thru, pressure gates.

I am happy to say that most of our barrier gates are not now used (but will use to protect Christmas tree) as her privileges have expanded. She is never, however, allowed free access to all of the house at one time because of pattern of sneaking into empty rooms and finding things to rip apart.

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I don't know your set up, but I needed something cheap and portable to block off our opening to the lower level. We have a walkout basement, fully finished and our son was living down there. I didn't want the pups down there because I couldn't keep an eye on them there and my son didn't want his studying interrupted. I bought vinyl lattice from a Lowes type store and had them cut it to the length I needed the width was perfect the way it was, I attached 4 L shaped brackets, two on each side as feet and it was light weight enough to lift and move out of the way. I have used the same makeshift gates for 2 pups now and they worked just fine. I still have it across the stairs for our 10 month old pup as I don't want him running downstairs and getting into mischief.
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I like that idea! Off to Home Depot/Lowes tomorrow with my measurements.
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You will find they sell it in approx. 8' x 3'. When you turn it sideways the 3' is just the right height for the dogs and you can actually climb over it without any trouble. I am only 5'1" and I can do it so if you are taller you won't have any trouble. If you don't want to climb over it they are light enough to move with one hand. I had them cut mine for a 4' opening and made 2 out of the 1 piece of lattice. Make sure the brackets you buy are a bit on the larger size so that they are sturdy enough to allow the lattice to stand up securely on its own. You may have to put brackets in the middle as well as the ends if your gate is bigger than mine.







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