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Hi all. A little background. My 12 year old lab mix passed away about two weeks ago leaving my 9 year old dachshund mix as the only dog. They were always gated off in the den at night to sleep. I never had any problems with either of them but, since Cleo’s passing, Rocky made it his mission to breech the baby gate and has now taken to slamming his body against it until the lock trips. It’s a gate that requires you to press down and push, so his jumping and scratching eventually just hits the right spot. I have tried everything I can think of including the cabinet locks to keep the door from swinging open, shoestrings, blocking him from approaching the gate with a footstool (which he jumped on top of and jumped over the gate).

I know he misses Cleo and I want to help him. I’ve tried moving a bed into my room as I’d be fine with him sleeping in my room, but he won’t stay. He barks and whines because he wants me to in the den and, the second I do, he settles on the couch and goes to sleep. I’m losing my mind. I don’t want to crate him because he’s never been crated and he can’t stay outside as it’s simply too hot. Any ideas or suggestions? Anyone have any super resistant baby gates or magical means of reinforcing or blocking gates? Thanks.
 

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Sorry to hear about the loss of your dog :-(

I have tried everything I can think of including the cabinet locks to keep the door from swinging open, shoestrings, blocking him from approaching the gate with a footstool (which he jumped on top of and jumped over the gate).
Have you tried a carabiner clip? My dog has been known to escape his wire crate and a simple carabiner clip keeps the door from coming open.

I’ve tried moving a bed into my room as I’d be fine with him sleeping in my room, but he won’t stay.
Why not gate off your room or close the door? I assume he has an appropriate bed in there to sleep on? Put it right beside your bed so you can put your hand down to pet him every once in a while so he knows he's not alone. Ignore the barking and whining until he falls asleep. Giving in is just teaching him that barking and whining works and gets him what he wants.
 
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