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Old 11-19-2017, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Height of puppy gate

I have a 36Ē wood gate Iím taking apart and reworking as a swinging gate to our mudroom. Iím thinking of also adding a gate in front of our stairs. Theyíre carpeted and right by the front door so it would serve multiple purposes while weíre training. The 36Ē I bought and like is out of stock. It 27Ē high enough, or should I wait until the 36 is back in?
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Old 11-19-2017, 10:08 AM
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How big do you expect your puppy to get? Shama is small, and she's never tried to jump the wall of her 24-inch-high pen.

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The great escape is accomplished by a confidant, determined Havanese who discovers he/she can leap, grasp the little holes in the cross hatching of the 36" high fencing, and pull themselves up and over. Tux is 10" at his withers and weighs 8.5 pounds. That type of fencing/ex-pen worked until he reached maturity. He figured out how to escape, and thus began our search for "Alcatraz". I attached a photo of the new "mean" gate that works. It's 40.5" high with 2" spacing between rails. It is adjustable in width to fit most doorways. It is removable, but has a swing gate for easy access if you intend to use it more than once in a short while and don't want to take it down. It should be the last gate you will ever need. I took a photo of it in the closet. Tux runs and "hides" in his favorite chair when he sees the "mean gate" come out. We almost never leave him alone, so he's quite spoiled in that area. "Abandonment" is not in his vocabulary. LOL
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How big do you expect your puppy to get? Shama is small, and she's never tried to jump the wall of her 24-inch-high pen.
Kodi is big... top of the standard, at 11 1/2", and HE has never challenged a 24" gate. ��
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Maybe Iíll wait and see how he does with the one I have and get to know his personality better. I donít really know how big he is expected to get based on his genetics compared to the average for Havanese. I asked a ton of questions in the beginning because I had done so much research. after that I felt weird about potentially annoying the breeder with questions, and Iím a little insecure about my inexperience and donít want to seem completely ignorant to the breeder. They have provided us with a lot of great info on their setup and their routines and what their recommendations are, but I donít know a ton about our puppy specifically other than what they have sent in the updates every couple of weeks. I do know that he doesnít love to be crated and talks more when he is crated, but is very sweet. I donít know exactly what that means since itís hard for a puppy not to be sweet, but weíll meet him soon enough!
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From what I've seen on other posts, you don't have to worry about any of them jumping even a 24", but if they will escape it, it will be by climbing and then 24-27-36 won't matter, they'll climb any of them. Was it Karen who zip tied pexiglass onto the side of the gate so that they couldn't climb it?
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The potential for climbing does make my cute gate less cute. It has sort of a grid pattern cut out of the wood so if the puppy tries to climb it, heíll probably figure it out pretty quick. But I could definitely attach plexiglass in the panel if I need to.
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I can tell you from experience that there is a .33% chance that your Havanese will not be held back by a 24" gate. Out of the 300 puppies we have produced, Birdi is the only one that clears gates at ease. She goes and comes as she pleases in our house, but is a very good girl, and causes no problems. She's a great babysitter, and none of the Moms worry about her being in with their puppies.

I have heard of a couple of climbers, but they can't climb slick, vertical bars.
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Iím so excited because I realized that since Iím reconfiguring a standing gate to add hinges, I had an extra panel I wasnít using. When I turn the panel sideways, itís 27 inches by 36 inches. If I add a decorative post of some kind on the other side to latch, it will span the 40Ē doorway! So Iím going to use that, maybe with sliding hardware, by my front door.
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From what I've seen on other posts, you don't have to worry about any of them jumping even a 24", but if they will escape it, it will be by climbing and then 24-27-36 won't matter, they'll climb any of them. Was it Karen who zip tied pexiglass onto the side of the gate so that they couldn't climb it?
Yes, that's right. Few jump, most escapees climb. The problem being that the taller the gate, the higher the fall off the far side.

Yes, I was the one who put plexiglas on my gates, but not to prevent climbing. (they had no cross pieces to club on... just bars) But Pixel was so tiny when we got her that she could walk right through between the bars! She didn't even have to "wiggle" through. She just strolled. LOL!
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