A commonly asked for gate is one which will “keep my dog in” and one that “my toddler can’t climb”. Traditional farm gates come with either farm mesh which provides a foothold for toddlers or horizontal bars which dogs can get through, so what do you do when you need to contain both toddlers and small dogs but don’t want to add mesh to your gate? We found a solution for both, while still offering an attractive country gate or farm gate style.
It seems that the majority of people who have dogs that need containing seem to own small inquisitive dogs like Jack Russell Terriers (or should that be spelt ‘Terrors’). These little guys can squeeze through some pretty small gaps so it’s important to make sure the spacing of bars is close enough to contain them. Mesh works but looks pretty ugly especially if added on as an after-thought on the back of a lovely looking country style gate. Toddlers on the other hand love to climb things that have little footholds … like farm mesh. We occasionally do fairs and oddly enough it’s the mesh gates that toddlers are attracted to and climb. One would think that the ladder like rungs of the bar gates would be more appealing but apparently not, maybe they’re too slippery.
Our solution of including vertical bars means that your todder can’t get a foothold. The middle bar is 600mm above the bottom bar, which is higher than most toddlers can lift their little feet, and even higher when you consider that the gate is elevated about 5-10cm above the ground. The bar spacing can be adjusted to suit the smallest of dogs without obscuring your view through the gate.
The customer of this gate was really happy with how her gates, and side panel turned out, so I thought I’d share what she wrote to us:
Our gates are absolutely gorgeous – thank you! They’ve turned out exactly as we had imagined them (if not better) and we couldn’t be happier with the result.
Thanks again for all your help in developing the design, and for the outstanding workmanship of the end product – we’ll be referring people your way without hesitation.