Just like with children, too much freedom for puppies can cause quite a headache and way too many ‘messes’. We found this out the hard way when we led ourselves to believe we had the best puppy ever. We figured that she was already trained fantastically on puppy pads and that she listened so well in not going into the carpeted areas or onto the rugs. Let’s just say we went through A LOT of disinfecting wipes, paper towels, and rug cleaner. Puppies are puppies and that means you’re in for a lot of work.
We tried to have our puppy, Speckles, in a playpen but the eight-panel wired contraption filled our whole kitchen. We could barely move around it and it was so awkward trying to get to the door to the garage. Moving it was practically impossible and each time we had to, we feared it would scratch the floor. And, it was ugly. We had this black mass of metal bars imprisoning our little Speckles.
Then UPS brought the Freestanding Pet Gate HS from Richell.
With only four large pieces and six pieces of hardware, assembly was a breeze. The directions were clear and I was able to get it set up all by myself in about 15-20 minutes.
This gate is beautiful and it matches our Pergo floors perfectly! The Richell Freestanding Pet Gate is just that. It keeps your pet in the area you choose to section off but it is not attached at any walls or door frames. When we are getting ready, we move it into our hall way to section off our bedrooms. When I am cooking and Speckles constantly at my feet hoping I’ll drop something, the gate really comes in handy in keeping her OUT of the kitchen.
The gate is constructed in a way to be sturdy yet portable. When you place it next to the doorway, your dog cannot knock it down nor will it tip over. The wired siding allows them to see everything that is going on in the next area without disturbing your meal or if you are having guests. The sides can be locked in place or easily folded down for ease of moving and transportation.
Even if Speckles gets bigger, which she will, this gate will hold her. The HS model is a bit taller so we have no worries that our puppy will jump over it or knock it down, even in the future. Short people and children may have a tough time stepping over this. I am 5′ 3″ and can carefully swing my legs over it. My daughter (4′ 6″) practically sits on it when she tries though.
The solid wood and sturdy bars keep your little fuzzy one where you want and not where you don’t. Plus, the thick rubber feet protect your floors and keep the gate in place no matter what type of flooring you have. They may not be very pleased but you will. From our own experience, our puppy is so much happier having limits and the ‘accidents’ have lessened tremendously. Thank you for saving our floors and our feet, Richell (those that have stepped in puddles or piles with bare feet know what I’m talking about)!