How Can I Keep My Dogs Out of Parts of My Open-Plan Home?

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Q: My husband and I are in the process of buying a new home that we’ll be moving into with our two dogs. In our current home we use two stacked tension dog-gates to keep the dogs in our dining area when we want the kitchen or living room to ourselves but we’re not sure what to do in the new house. The new home is an open floor plan and the smallest space we could gate is about 7.5′ across. One of our dogs is an athlete and can hop anything under 5′ easily so we need something taller than the dog gates I see online. Does anyone have any genius ideas for a tall, wide sturdy room divider or gate? Or a couple I could put together? Thanks! -Sent by Wren

Editor: The puppy picture must have gotten lost in the mail, but I won’t hold it against Wren or this question. Readers, how can one create non-dog areas in homes with those oh-so-coveted open floor plan homes? What tall and wide dog gates do you recommend? Thanks!

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