How High Off the Floor Should a Dog Door Be? (Solved!)

Try to make sure that your dog door is at least 6 to 7 inches above the ground, unless you have a very tiny breed and a lower height is a must. This is to keep out inclement weather, as heavy rains can otherwise flood the kitchen or any other room where the dog door has been installed.

For the remainder of this article, we’ve collected the most popular questions trending this week on dog doors. Can burglars use them? What about snakes? Find out the answers that you need by reading on!

Do dog doors affect insurance?

Dog doors can actually affect your insurance, so you should check with your provider before installing to make sure that extra premiums will not be required and that it will not affect your coverage.

While dog doors are quite useful, installation of them affects the integrity of the place where they are installed and they are also sometimes considered a security risk. That said, your insurance company might not care – just be sure to check in advance so that you know you are still fully covered.

Is a dog door worth it?

Dog doors give our dog freedom to exercise or go potty whenever they like. This also benefits you as well, in that you won’t have to get up constantly to let your dog in and out of the door. If you shop around, they are also quite inexpensive to install so a doggy door is definitely well worth considering.

Do burglars use dog doors?

Burglars can and sometimes do take advantage of dog doors, although you can minimize the chances of this by going with an electronic model that works with a microchip or a magnetic key so that it only unlocks when your dog is close.

With a standard, low-tech doggy door there is a risk that a burglar may reach inside to unlock the door or put a cane or pole through the opening to see if they can fish out your keys or any other close items, so this is definitely a potential security risk if additional measures are not taken to remediate this.

Can rats go through doggie doors?

Rats, raccoons, mice, and opossums are just a few examples of animals that might take advantage of your doggy door. You can reduce the chances of this by keeping food away from the door – more often than not, it is the scent of food that helps them discover the door in the first place.

You can also go with a magnetic key or microchip-controlled model and this will lock the door whenever your dog is not using it, leaving those other animals outside where they belong!

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Are dog doors a bad idea?

Not necessarily. A pet door gives your dog a certain amount of freedom and it also pays dividends in your personal time – you’d be surprised if you counted the minutes every time that you have to let your dog in and out of the house.

While there is a risk of other animals or even burglars getting inside, a few extra measures such as motion detections, automatic locking of the dog door, or even security cameras can help to mitigate the risk to acceptable levels. Your dog will also love it, so consider a dog door for your dog. You’ll be happy that you did!

Can a dog door be too big?

Not really. As a general rule, a dog can use a door that is too big for them, but not one that is too small.  One common mistake that owners make when purchasing a dog door is not to factor in how much their dog has yet to grow.

Select a size that takes your dog’s projected growth rate into consideration and this will ensure that your dog can use it for many years to come and that you only have to pay for one installation.

How do you secure a dog door from an intruder?

Security cameras are quite inexpensive these days and a great way to add some extra security to your doggy door. Motion sensors are good, as well, and you can even purchase a security alarm for the dog door itself.

Add in some lights set on a timer, or recorded barks, and burglars will think twice about using the doggy door, as they can’t be sure that someone is not in the house – especially your dog, which burglars definitely don’t want to risk.

How do you block a dog door?

Upgrading to a locking model is the easiest option, but if you are just trying to minimize winter drafts, you can install magnets at the base of the flap along with a metal strip to keep the flap in place when the door is not in use.

While you can use caulk and handy bits of wood to completely seal the door, in most cases it is better to simply replace it if you don’t need it. Once a section has been cut out of your door, it’s a security hazard, so if you don’t need the door then replacement is really the best option.

What size dog door do I need for a lab?

While size may vary a little from Labrador to Labrador, in most cases a door which measure 10 inches by 19 inches should be of a sufficient height and weight resistance to serve as an effective door for your Labrador.

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Can snakes get through dog doors?

Snakes can indeed use a dog door if it is not the locking, electronic variety. You can minimize this a little first by checking for vegetation growing on your fence. Snakes can use this to slither over, so trim any that you find to help prevent this.

You also want a door that at least has an airtight seal. If it’s not electronic, some doors can still do this by means of a spring mechanism, and this helps to keep scents from coming outside from your house and provides a little resistance to help keep a snake from pushing inside.