so! I ended up buying one of these awesome gates today!
they had a few options at the store and I ended up going with the 'extra tall' one because I knew they liked to jump and better to have a gate she'll grow into then one she'll grow out of, the normal gate was $40 while this extra tall one was $50, worth the extra $10 I must say
I put up the gate and decided to test it buy havening everyone go to lunch, when we returned home, all of the dogs had greeted us! Bindi was supposed to be in my room behind the gate
apparently, she's just small enough still to squeeze threw the bars, so! before leaving for work, I instructed my room mates, very clearly on what to do with Bindi while I was at work, when she goes out, give her a treat, she just learned out to sit, make her sit when she comes in, if you want her to go to bed, put her in the room, say 'bed' and have her go into the crate, give her a treat and leave with the door closed, until she's big enough not to squeeze threw the bars
so 4 hours into work, after I got off of my break, my room mate walks in, on the phone with the other room mate, apparently, Bindi had gotten herself stuck in the baby gate, Rus the room mate on the phone, says she doesn't want to pull Bindi threw because last time she broke the animal's legs!!!
wtf?! so I ask my room mate in the store, to go home and get her out, he says no! so I have to beg my manager to let me go home and get my dog out of my gate!! I get home, Rus is crying and telling me to go get some cooking oil, I said, she'll be fine, just let go of her (she had been holding her in place, not letting her try to move herself out of the gate, which she had done obviously while were out earlier today) she finally let go and I just push gently on Bindi's shoulders and she came out
my advice, don' put the gate up until their heads are too big to fit threw the bars, or you'll end up coming home from work to save your stuck dog from a crazy lady who won't let her move or even try to get her out