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Busted Baby Gate

The baby gate that we've been using to fence Shelby in while we're out has finally broken. We're now using this shorter back-up baby gate. The little pug can clear quite a height, but there's an intimidation factor that comes with the baby gate, and she's never dared to jump it. I hope she doesn't try jumping over this one, because she might be able to clear it.

Some of you might be wondering why Shelby, at 2 years old, is still not trusted to roam the house while we are out. The first reason is because she spends the first few minutes panicking. She still suffers from separation anxiety, and won't get over it without a hefty treat. Since she's on a diet, we can't always do that. The second reason is that right after she realizes that we are gone, and she is alone, she decides that it's a good idea to get away with everything we don't let her do around the house. The last time she "escaped" the baby gate, I found paw prints on the leather couch and the bed, and a dirty wet sock sitting in the middle of the bedroom.

February 15, 2006 | Permalink


Too funny! We don't let our girls wander freely either, one time I left them alone for 10 minutes, someone (Miko) peed on the carpet and Meimei was chewing on my leather gloves! I hope the gate lasts - it's best they are safe and sound!

Posted by: Amanda | Feb 15, 2006 7:42:20 AM

My Reggie can vault right over a baby gate when he wants to.

Posted by: Mike | Feb 15, 2006 8:06:51 AM

i don't wonder! i always leave moxie in my room with the door shut and our bed gated off when my boyfriend & i go out, she will find anything to get into, and i'm sure she would poop somewhere, just because she could.

Posted by: stephanie | Feb 15, 2006 9:13:28 AM

My guys are very happy to scoot into their wire crates when we have to leave the house. they were introduced to their "beds" from the first night they came into our home. The crates were NEVER used as a place of punishment and Kricket and Teddy look at their Beds as their personal space where they are left alone if thats what they wish. After using crates for all my dogs for many years I now would never consider owning a dog that does not crate. Makes for happy homecomeing for both dogs and people knowing they were "Good Dogs" while we were gone.

Posted by: Ann Crago | Feb 15, 2006 11:47:16 AM

I'm with Ann Crago as regards the crates. I've crate trained my dogs for as long as I can remember. It makes housebreaking a dream. The important thing is never, never to use the crate for punishment....it's their safe haven and security. My guys always head there at bedtime and naptime without any prompting from us. They also go there when the car keys come out...unless they get to go along with us.

Posted by: Traci | Feb 15, 2006 1:09:58 PM

I use a baby gate for Mushu. He still gets panicky sometimes when I leave and he has almost knocked it down a couple of times. Thank goodness he hasn't learned to jump over it...yet. I have a gate guarding the shower, too, since he's already destroyed two shower curtains.

Posted by: J.D. | Feb 15, 2006 7:00:26 PM

We use a baby gate, too. Our girl Jazzy can't jump over as it is too high for her. Jazzy, like Shelbyn will get into mischief if we let her roam the house alone without supervision. Plus we have stairs and I wouldn't want Jazzy to get hurt when no one is there to help her. We like using the baby gate because Jazzy can play with he toys, etc while we are out and run around if she wants to without us having to worry.

Posted by: Medra | Feb 16, 2006 12:53:46 PM

She just has that highly indignant pug look going!! Honestly, they think they should have their own house key, ha!! I just love Shelby!!!

Posted by: Delaina | Feb 16, 2006 6:36:38 PM

One suggestion about baby gates...

Never let her see you *step over it*!
When you have to pass from room to room, you should open it. This way she never gets the idea planted in her mind that it is feasible to jump and succeed.

My friend has 2 pit bulls who can easily clear the fence to their pen, but they never attempt it because he always opens the gate to enter.

Posted by: Bob | Feb 19, 2006 2:06:58 PM

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