North State Auto Close Pet Gate
This gate was great untill...
Upon opening the box I was not happy because no installation instructions were included. I went online and presto, no problem. The company even sent a set quickly to me when I informed them my printed had died and I would like a copy to keep in my records. The auto close works great. The gate is very sturdy and well made. I bought it to keep our puppy in the kitchen when we can't keep a close eye on her. Today I lost faith in this gate,I just slightly leaned into it and it popped open!!! I don't know if it has been this way all along or if this is something new. I've owned it about 3 months in which time our puppy has grown to put her paws on the top rail of the gate and she has went from 7 lbs. to 20 lbs. I am afraid she will soon push the gate open and at five months she is still a chewer. I am therefore replacing this gate because in my opinion after testing it several times it just pops open too easy and I know my pup will be 50 lbs before I know it and letting herself out at will. I would recommend this gate only for small dogs due to this fact and never, ever for children. Or maybe I just got a bad one, I have not contacted the company yet. Will review again if they make good.
November 23, 2009
The gates arrived much earlier than expected. One of my poodles would push aside or knock over the free standing gates and the other was afraid of them. These gates are sturdy, much nicer looking, sneak past proof, and don't scare the puppy. The one gate does not auto close very well, but that works out well, since I like to keep it open unless I leave the house. Opening the gate was different than expected, but it is easy enough to lift then pull. The big safety warning stickers were tough to remove.
Hope this helps.
September 17, 2009
Warning regarding small dogs and puppies
We received our gate yesterday. My husband was able to set it up pretty quickly. We were a little concerned about the spacing of the bars. Jack is a Shih Tzu puppy weight approximately 4 pounds right now. Well, it didn't take long for Jack to get his head through the bars and get stuck. My husband was able to get Jack's head out by turning the pup's head and sliding it back through. We won't be using this gate until Jack is bigger and can't get his head through the bars. Overall, we're pleased with the operation and the ease of using the gate, but please be careful with little dogs or puppies.
April 23, 2009
Beware - maximum width!
The description on this website says that the gate fits a maximum width of 39" with the enclosed 2-rail extension. The maximum width is actually 38" (as described on the box and in the instructions)! The opening I planned on using this gate in was 38.5 inches, and even though the brackets on the sides are adjustable, the instructions say NOT to exceed a certain width on them and for good reason: the gate would become quite insecure and unsafe.
My gate unfortunately was damaged during shipping and was completely unaligned, so I didn't get a chance to actually install it yet because I have to return it. But I did want to warn others that anything wider than 38" is going to require extra extensions, despite the product description saying 39".
May 28, 2008