Dog Proof Your House - Use a Dog Gate

For a dog, a piece of furniture looks just as appetizing as a juicy ball park frank.
July 4th is filled with family, alcohol, fireworks, and... hot dog eating contests. The pinnacle of competitive eating is the annual July 4th competition known as the Coney Island Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. This competition brings the world's greatest eaters together. In 2012, 6 time defending champion, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut tied his own world record by scarfing down 68 hot dogs and buns in a miniscule ten minute span. That is a hot dog every 8.8 seconds! Sometimes, it seems that our pups at home are just as proficient at eating everything in sight. They manage to dig through the garbage for food, get into cabinets, and chew everything from wiring to couches. The key is to not give them free, unsupervised reign over the house or else they too might set a world record for household items devoured. By using a pet gate, you can protect your household by eliminating your dog's chewing and eating obsession.

Some Rooms Are Off-Limits
There are some areas that are just not meant for dogs. In a recent Seattle Times article, veterinarian John Shepherd stated, “The most common pet emergencies veterinarians see are fractures, intestinal blockage, ingestion of household chemicals, lacerations and soft-tissue trauma - all of which can result from accidents at home.” For each dog owner, danger areas inside of the house may be different, but there are few places that are usually more dangerous than others.

The Bathroom
One of the more dangerous areas in your home is the bathroom. The bathroom is filled with medication and cleaning products that are extremely hazardous to dogs. Ingestion of any of these products could result in serious injury or even death. Also in the bathroom, there is the dreaded toilet bowl!!! For some reason, dogs are drawn to this labyrinth of mystery like a moth to a flame. Toilet bowls are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. So, allowing your dog to drink from the toilet is a huge mistake.

The Convertible Elite Pet Gate is perfect for closing off wide open spaces.
The Kitchen
Believe it or not, the kitchen is also a very dangerous area for your pup. Similar to the toilet, dogs love to dig through the waste basket to find hidden treasures. Remember, one man's trash is another dog's treasure! However, the garbage can be filled with toxic elements like cigarette butts, coffee grounds, and moldy food and bones. The kitchen can also be dangerous because many people keep their household cleaning products here. Since kitchens usually don't have doors and can be quite dangerous, pet owners may want to consider using a dog gate to protect their dogs from potential danger.

There are a number of other areas around your house (garage, utility room, yard with poisonous plants) that may need to be protected. No matter how your house is designed, a pet gate will help you to dog proof your house and keep your pup safe.

The Convertible Elite Pet Gate
The best adaptable dog gate that is guaranteed to fit perfectly into a variety of areas in your home is the Convertible Elite Pet Gate. This gate comes with six different adjustable panels that allow you to alter the gate to meet your specific needs. The Convertible Elite is great for open spaces in your house that can often be difficult to block off. Each panel on the gate locks in at 90 degree or 180 degree angles to help create different shape variations. The Convertible Elite also has 1 1/8 inch spaces in between wire slates that help to keep the dog from escaping. This dog gate comes in black and autumn matte, which is helpful for finding something that will fit into your home decor scheme.

The Convertible Elite Pet Gate can be shaped in a variety of ways and is great for any dog owner.
Potential Puppy Dangers
Chewing
Puppies use their mouths to explore the world around them. Early on in life, dogs can always be found chewing on something. Chewing stems from a variety of things. Most commonly, chewing happens when a dog is bored and has energy built up inside of him. So if chomping is a huge problem, you may want to take your dog out to get more exercise and stimulation.

Also, chewing may occur because your dog is "teething". This happens when the baby teeth fall out, usually anywhere from 4-8 months old. When his adult teeth start to grow in, the puppy starts to chew on everything in sight. It is important that owners remedy this problem through the proper training and direction. The best solution is to create a safe haven through the use of a dog gate for times that he is not supervised. Inside of this safe haven he should receive chewable toys that he grows accustomed to munching and chomping on. When the dog is released from his area, he may start to chew on other things, but with your supervision, he will stop and move back to his toys.

Certain dogs are harder to break of their chewing habits than others, but stick with it. If there are certain areas of the house that you are worried about and don't want your dog to chew up, you need to use a dog gate to keep the area off limits until he is fully trained.

Pets and Plants Don't Mix
Many people love to garden and keep plants around the house. However, some of our favorite and most common household plants can be dangerous to our canines. In a recent write up from CNN, there are ten extremely common and dangerous plants that can affect your pup. These include grapes, marijuana, mushrooms, lilies, black walnuts, sago palm, azalea, castor bean, daffodil, and dieffenbachia. If you have a back porch or a sun room that you grow these plants in, you may want to consider blocking a dog's passage way with a dog gate.

If you have any further questions about dog gates, feel free to e-mail or call us at petstreetmall anytime. We love all animals and take pride in providing you with any information you may need.

By: Tim Snyder
Works Cited
Casavant, Vanessa. "The Seattle Times: Living: How-to Pet-proof Your Home." The Seattle Times: Living: How-to Pet-proof Your Home. N.p., 8 Sept. 2005. Web. 03 July 2013.
Rogers, Stephanie. "10 Plants That Are Poisonous to Dogs." CNN. Cable News Network, 02 Apr. 2011. Web. 03 July 2013.
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