Safety standards

Our pet gates are proven safe for dogs as well as humans

Did you know there are actually no safety standards for pet gates?

But we would still like some kind of proof of how safe our pet gates are - so you as a customer can feel safe as well. To do this we test our pet gates according to the safety standards that apply to products for children.

After all dogs are a part of the family - so if it's good enough for kids then we believe it's good enough for dogs too.

What is a safety standard?

A safety standard is documentation stating that a product has been approved by a testing institute.

At DogSpace, we use the European, American, and British standards because we think these are the most stringent and therefore the best standards.

Once a product has been approved, you can be assured that the product has been tested in every conceivable way and can withstand the trials of everyday use.


How our products are tested

All of DogSpace's pet gates comply with the safety standards EN 1930: 2011 and ASTM F1004 which are the most stringent and latest standards in Europe and USA.

For a pet gate to comply with the safety standard, it must undergo an extensive series of tests. As stated before there are no safety standards for pet gates so these safety standards for children's products are what we think comes closest.

Tests are undertaken to ascertain whether a kid can get his or her head, hips, legs through the gate or if there are other ways of getting through, and whether there is a risk of getting stuck in the gates. Tests are also conducted to see whether fingers can get stuck or caught. The gate is tested in the same way for whether clothing, pacifier chains, and the like can get stuck in it. Since this might pose a choking risk.

Of course, the safety gate is also subjected to a break strength test, where it is tested to see whether it can stand up to a child running into it at full speed. The gate must be able to withstand this without tipping over or moving out of place. The strength test also checks for whether smaller parts of the gate are dislodged if the child shakes or pushes it. The gate must be able to withstand this, regardless of how much or how hard it is shaken. 

It must also be of a sufficient height so that the child cannot climb over it. Further testing is undertaken to see whether the child can gain a foothold.

In order to comply with the safety standard, the safety gate must also comply with a number of requirements pertaining to the materials it is made of. The requirements and tests can be found under the safety standard EN 71. Children tend to put everything in their mouths - just like dogs - and consequently, the pet gate is also tested for heavy metals and other harmful substances. Kids - as well as dogs - should be able to lick, bite, and scratch on the gate without ingesting any undesirable chemicals.