Pets: Ways to Set In-Home Boundaries Without the Gates

by Paula Burton 06/06/2021

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Upon moving into a new home, it’s important to keep your pets out of certain rooms as they get used to their new space. While you could use baby gates for that purpose, they are often cumbersome to have put up all over the house. Instead, use any or all of these three methods to get the job done.

Use High-Tech Barriers

High-tech indoor barriers use a tone as a reminder to keep pets out of different rooms or from going upstairs or downstairs. You just have to position them along the threshold between the rooms or against the bottom or top riser on your staircase.

Then, you put the collar on your pet and the sensors automatically warn them when they are too close. Before long, your pets will avoid those areas on their own, allowing you to get rid of the system altogether.

Train Them to Stay Out

If you prefer to work one-on-one with your pets instead, follow these boundary training steps:

  1. Put your pet on a short leash and walk them toward your boundary of choice.
  2. Stop just short of the room and reward your pet when they halt in place.
  3. Move back to the starting point and repeat this process until your pet stops before you do.
  4. Add a cue word that lets them know that the room is off limits, like ‘Out.’
  5. Continue to repeat the training, but this time without the leash on your pet.
  6. On the next attempt, walk one step past the boundary and reward your pet for stopping short.
  7. Repeat the training while moving further into the room before returning to reward your pet.

Once you have trained your pets to stay out of one room, you can use the cue to let them know that others are off limits. If they do not understand, just move through the training at the threshold of the new room. Eventually, they will use their knowledge gained during training and stay out when told.

Convert to Dutch Doors

If you need a quick solution that will benefit you for the long-term, you can convert ordinary doors in your house to Dutch doors. This style of door is cut into top and bottom halves, so you can close each section separately.

Upon just closing the bottom half, the door functions as a baby gate would but is so much easier to use. As an added benefit, these doors are great for keeping young kids out of certain areas as well.

Dutch doors are available in many different styles for interior and exterior installations. They are best installed by a skilled contractor, but you can likely swing the project if you are reasonably handy.

Depending on the needs of your pets, you can use any combination of these solutions to control their movement through your home. Your efforts will pay off in the long run as they learn to stay out of certain areas, like the kitchen and bedrooms.

About the Author

Paula Burton

Premier Top Agent Producer Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Consulting I have enjoyed many wonderful years working with great Sellers and Buyers in servicing their real estate needs and making their dreams come true. And I want to take a moment to thank them for their business and putting their trust in me. In 2017 so far, I have produced 29 Listings and Sales closed, the highest price being $700,000. In 2016, I produced 32 Listings and Sales with the highest priced property at $690,000. In 2015, I produced 39 Listings and Sales with the highest priced property at $530,000. In 2014, I produced 32 Listings and Sales with the highest priced property at $523,000. Over the years, Listings and Sales have been from 30-43 properties a year up to $775,000. My seasoned experience as a Top Producing Agent gives me the knowledge, understanding, and professionalism to help service my clients in the best way possible in their best interest. We've become friends during the process and we always maintain a great relationship afterwards. Because of my strong work ethic in providing the best professional service for my clients, I have been complimented by receiving many referrals from them to help their families and friends in selling their properties and buying their next home, and in making their next move an enjoyable experience. I am affiliated with Century 21 AllPoints Realty in Southington specializing in central CT and having the ability to cover the entire state and out of state. I have over 25 years of professional experience winning many awards being the top producer in Southington over the years and the Century 21 top producer in the state of CT and in the Northeast region. I am a member of the Centurion Honor Society for consistent high top production for the past 14 years. I am a member of the Greater Hartford Board of Realtors, Vice Chair in 2016 of the Legal Awareness Committee, and on the Board of Professional Standards, and Chairwoman this year in 2017. I was previously affiliated with Calcagni Real Estate, and Prudential CT Realty (now Berkshire Hathaway) also achieving top production awards, adding to my professional success and expertise. I am excited about the real estate business and find great joy in helping my wonderful clients. Century 21 AllPoints Realty has 9 offices in the state of CT with Southington being the headquarters. We have been the top real estate office in Southington for the past 14 years in production, numbers of properties listed and sold. In the Century 21 network, my company has also been the top Century 21 company in the state of CT for the past 15 years, and one of the top Century 21 companies in the Northeast Region. We are a locally owned family business for the past 30 years with involvement in the local community and state, and have the selling power and outreach of a large global company - the best of both worlds and the best advantage for our clients. I myself have resided in Southington for many years, enjoying the wonderful community in the center of the state with convenient access to all the major highways. In my free time, I enjoy getting together with friends and family and clients for a cup of coffee, glass of wine, or a leisurely lunch or dinner. I love relaxing walks, exercising, and my yoga classes! I relax with a good movie, cooking, and I love travelling, I look forward to meeting with YOU ready to help fulfill YOUR real estate needs and dreams! Please contact me at any time!