For most pet owners, installing a doggy door in your home is a great way to let your dogs out for potty or play at their own convenience, which can increase overall pet happiness. There are a few possible drawbacks to consider, such as home security and energy efficiency, but these issues can be handled with a little forethought.
The rest of this article will explain the benefits of doggy doors and address potential causes for concern that should be dealt with before installing a pet flap.
Table of Contents
- Why should I consider installing a doggy door?
- Does my dog really need so much time outside that a doggy door is worth it?
- Where can I install a doggy door?
- Where shouldn’t I install a doggy door?
- What if my dog is too large for a standard-sized doggy door?
- Is it a lot of work to install a doggy door?
- Can a person crawl through a doggy door?
- How can I secure a doggy door to prevent intruders?
- How do “smart” doggy doors work?
- Can a smart doggy door be set for specific times of day?
- Will having a doggy door raise my energy bill?
- How much will a doggy door cost?
- Will my dog need training to use a new doggy door?
- When is it a bad idea to install a doggy door?
Why should I consider installing a doggy door?
Doggy doors provide multiple benefits for pet owners, such as allowing your dog to let himself out to do his business instead of needing to whine or bark to let his owner know that he has to go potty. Pet flaps can also help your dog get sunshine and time outdoors so that he does not feel cooped up in the house all day.
Does my dog really need so much time outside that a doggy door is worth it?
According to the American Kennel Club, since most dogs don’t have to work as hard as they did when they were initially bred, they are likely to become bored if they spend too much time inside, leading to both behavioral problems and general unhappiness. Every breed is different, but most dogs could benefit from having a doggy door.
Where can I install a doggy door?
As the name would suggest, a doggy door is typically installed within a preexisting human-sized door, such as an exterior door leading out to the backyard. However, a doggy door can also be installed in a sliding glass door, a patio/screen door, a door leading out into the garage, or even a wall.
Where shouldn’t I install a doggy door?
You should not install a doggy door in a space that has wall studs, electrical wiring, or other interior objects that would prevent your pet from having a clear and open space to go in and out. You should also avoid placing your doggy door anywhere that you don’t want your pet to have access to, such as into an unfenced section of your yard.
What if my dog is too large for a standard-sized doggy door?
Before purchasing a doggy door, you should use a tape measure or ruler to determine the height of your dog from floor to shoulder blades. No two dogs are exactly alike, even if they are part of the same breed, and a too-small door can cause your dog discomfort in going in and out of your home.
Is it a lot of work to install a doggy door?
If you know how to use a drill, hand saw, and caulking gun, you can install a doggy door in a single afternoon. After determining the location and size of your door, you simply measure the placement, drill corner holes for marking, cut out an opening around your marks, install the door according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and seal it all up with some caulking.
Can a person crawl through a doggy door?
As anyone who has seen the movie Scream (1996) can guess, most people are too big to fit through a regular-sized doggy door. However, a child may be able to slip through a medium-sized doggy door, and an adult prowler can potentially crawl through a Great Dane-sized pet flap, so you should take additional security precautions when you install your door.
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How can I secure a doggy door to prevent intruders?
Doggy doors can be equipped with a manual lock that is inaccessible to the outside, and hardware stores and pet door supply companies also offer locking covers or panels for when your family is out of town. You can also install tinted doggy doors that keep outsiders from looking inside your home.
How do “smart” doggy doors work?
An electronic, or smart, pet door only unlocks when it receives a programmed electronic signal, typically from either a key fob on your pet’s collar or from your pet’s injected microchip. This prevents entry or exit by unwanted humans, and it even keeps unwanted critters like stray cats out of your house.
Can a smart doggy door be set for specific times of day?
Some smart doors can be pre-set with timed curfews so that your dog can only come in and out at designated hours. Still other smart pet doors can be monitored remotely via phone apps, so you can keep an eye on your dog’s whereabouts even when you’re not at home.
Will having a doggy door raise my energy bill?
It is certainly possible that your heating and cooling bill may increase once your dog is able to run in and out of the house at all hours, and a low-quality door may not have an efficient seal when it is installed. However, manufacturers do offer more energy-efficient doors with multiple flaps and weatherstripping in order to be as green as possible.
How much will a doggy door cost?
A moderately priced doggy door typically costs between $100-$150, with smart doors falling on the higher end of the price spectrum. Low-quality pet doors can be purchased for as little as $10 from online retailers, and custom-designed doggy doors can cost over a thousand dollars, but a $150 door will meet most owners’ needs.
Will my dog need training to use a new doggy door?
A doggy door may seem intimidating to your canine friend at first, but you can position yourself and a friend on opposite sides of the door with treats in order to coax your dog into using the door with regularity. With enough patience, praise, and positive reinforcement, most dogs can get used to a doggy door within days.
When is it a bad idea to install a doggy door?
While doggy doors are beneficial for many owners, some issues may be too much for your comfort level. For example, if your yard is not fenced in, if you have a backyard pool that your pet may fall into, or if you don’t want to risk your dog tracking mud and debris into the house, a doggy door is probably a bad idea.