Professional pet sitters and home pet boarders love baby gates. They are great for door dashers, puppies, and skittish dogs that want to run out the door at every opportunity. Of course, you will want to train your dog to not dart out the front door. This can take some time. But, while you are training them, a well placed baby gate in front of the exit is a great safety precaution.
These also come in handy when you want to separate dogs that are getting a little too rowdy, or to keep a pet out of a room that you want to keep off limits to the dog.
Does your dog scratch at the door when you leave - but you don't want to crate them? A baby gate can curb this as well. I personally prefer a crate for safety when you are not home. But if you are comfortable leaving your pet free and roaming but want a little extra safety when you open the door upon arrival, a gate will often help. Bonus tip: if the scratching is minor, 3M makes a film that will protect a door as well. It is clear and resists tearing.
These gates can be picked up at garage sales and Facebook Marketplace for anywhere from $10-30 and up. When not in use, they can be stored under a bed or in the back of a closet. Hope you enjoy today's tip of the day!