How to train your puppy using a Puppy Gate

When you bring your puppy home for the very first time you may well be thrown into a whole new world of sleepless nights, puddles on the carpet and nibbled furniture, coupled with the pure delight at having a playful, lovable, new member of the family who is always very happy to see you. Your thoughts may quickly turn to training your puppy; keeping your puppy safe, settling your new puppy in with your family life and finding the best puppy gates, puppy pens and puppy barriers to help you both ease into this new journey together.

Puppy management provides our young pups with boundaries and discipline and helps us (the owners) to continue life at home as before, alleviating some of the worry of finding chewed up shoes, have eaten table legs, and litter strewn across the kitchen from curious pups looking for that extra treat in the bin, the moment your back is turned.

Today we are blessed with a whole range of pet gates, and pet barriers designed for the home to bring security to those puppies unsure of their surroundings and for those nervous pups who have not long left their mothers side.

Investing in a puppy pen or a puppy gate, certainly doesn’t mean you are shutting them away, you are simply keeping them safe, providing them with boundaries and a zone they can feel secure whilst enabling you to restrict access to those areas of the home you would prefer to keep puppy or dog free.

So where do you start when it comes to puppy management at home and training your puppy?

We have compiled below some of our ‘top tips for training your puppy with the help of a pet gate or a puppy run whilst highlighting some of the benefits of puppy pens, puppy gates and room dividers for puppies to help you get started.

Top tips for training your puppy with the help of a pet gate or a puppy pen

Every pet is unique and what may be the right gate, guard or puppy training technique for one pet may not be right for another. Size, temperament and their needs will determine which pet pen/puppy run or gate, whether it’s pressure fitted or screw fitted, extra tall or standard height is most suitable. 

Puppy Pens

A puppy pen helps train your puppy to feel secure when left alone Similar to a puppy crate, a puppy pen is one of the best tools for puppy management. There are large pet pens and extra large pet pens designed for the larger dog and small pet pens more suited to young puppies or smaller dogs. One thing every dog has in common is that they are sociable animals who love the company of adults and children. If you do decide a pet pen is the right choice for you, consider putting toys inside the pen to keep your pet entertained and comfortable, particularly when they are left alone. Adding familiar toys to their pen will help your puppy to feel safe and secure in their new surroundings. A puppy pen enables you to train your puppy to feel safe when left alone.

Most dog pens are made up of bars that your puppy can see through or a strong, light filtering mesh that prevents pets from feeling isolated. Longer term, a pet pen also enables you to train your puppy to be left alone without the need of a pen. Take your time with your puppy and gradually introduce them to their new puppy run, firstly leaving them for short periods whilst you are nearby so they can see you and gradually increasing their pen time and your distance and time away from them. In time your puppy will feel calmer and more comfortable being alone with you out of sight both inside and outside of the pet pen.

Unlike a puppy crate, a puppy run enables your pet to exercise For those pets that have an abundance of energy and require frequent walks, a puppy run may be something to consider. They enable your dog to exercise whilst they learn to accept the pet pen is their safe place to play, sleep or eat in. A pet pen is much bigger than a pet crate, more open and can be made up to a size to suit your dog. Some pet pens are made up of panels that connect together enabling you to build a puppy pen large or small depending on your pets needs. A puppy pen enables you to go about your day at home in the knowledge that your puppy is safe and happy in his pen and unable to get up to mischief.

Puppy Gates

A pet gate teaches your puppy which areas in the home are off limits A puppy gate is a great investment for keeping your dog from entering those areas of the home you want to keep pet free. It quickly familiarises pets with the rooms they are free to play and sleep in and those which they are not. Today we have more choice in pet gates than ever before.

For larger, more robust dogs, an extra tall gate will be best, they can be screw fitted or pressure fitted and adapted with gate extensions to fit larger doorways where needed. For smaller puppies and pets a standard height pressure fit gate or screw fit gate will be tall enough. The choice of barriers for puppies is huge and can range from a puppy guard for narrow doorways up to large room dividers that enable you to divide a room into approved areas of your home your pet is free to enter and zones where no pets are allowed.

A room divider is one of the most versatile puppy management best buys A room divider allows you to divide a room or hallway into pet free areas and areas where pets can happily sleep, play and eat. Some room divides are so versatile, they have multi use and can double up as a puppy pen or a puppy gate and some can even be used as a fire guard in the winter months. Dual purpose room divides for pets are certainly one of the most popular pet products and one of the most value for money pet training items pet owners can buy.

Did you know…. Some unique dog gates feature a cat flap allowing pet owners of both cats and dogs to take care of both pets? A pet gate with a cat flap enables you to train you dog to be independent of your cat, and gives your cat the freedom to roam without being troubled by your dog. Genius! Remember….. Before purchasing any puppy gate or pet room divider be sure to always measure your space carefully, ensuring you measure both the top and bottom of any doorways, wall to wall and floor to floor.

There are so many gate sizes available for various doorways and unusual spaces that it’s always best practice to measure up carefully. And remember, extra tall gates and extra tall pet pens are best for larger dogs and standard height gates and pet pens are best for average size and smaller dogs. Puppies can be a lot of work in the early days and training your puppy at home with the help of pet gates and pet pens can help your pup to grow into a calm, secure, well trained and much loved four legged companion.