How to Install an Electronic Dog Door

Congratulations on your new purchase! With an electronic dog door, you’ll enjoy a more worry and hands-free time while your dogs can get in and out of your patio on its own!

However, one thing that’s left to do is getting the new smart flap installed to your door. Today, we’ll provide you with a step by step guide that walks you through every step on how to install an electronic dog door along with all the tools you’ll need for the project!

Tools You’re Need While Installing an Electronic Dog Door

Before you’re ready to install the electronic door and let your dog use it, you must first make sure that you have all the necessary tools needed to get the job done.

Here are all the recommended items that you’ll need while installing the new automatic door for your good boy or girl!

  • Electric Drill and ½ inch drill bit
  • Electric Jigsaw and a sawhorse
  • Protective Eyewear
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Caulk Seal (optional)

How to Install an Electronic Dog Door

Now that you have all the items needed for installation ready, it’s time to head into the steps of installing your dog door.

Step 1: Check the Compatibility of the Dog Door

While most dog doors are pretty similar in terms of design and style, it can still vary according to certain factors.

For example, some of these electronic dog doors might work with both doors and walls while others work with doors only. The last thing you want is to poke an unnecessary hole in your wall or door. 

That’s why it’s always crucial to start by making sure that the electronic dog door you have is compatible with your dog size and the type of wall or door you’re installing it to. Fortunately, such information is easily found in your dog door’s manual.

Step 2: Measure Your Dog’s Body Dimensions to Create a Template

After picking the right spot to install your dog’s door, you should take your dog’s size into account. To make sure that your dog will use the door comfortably, you need to place it at a comfortable level from the ground.

Ideally, you can do that by measuring the height of your dog from the ground to its shoulders and add an extra 1 inch. The final result should be the height where you should mark the holes.

Step 3: Get Your Dog Used to the Electric Dog Flaps

Now that you have an idea about your dog size, it’s advisable that you get your dog used to the electronic door first. 

This includes letting your dog sniff it and make sure it’s harmless. Also, you can power it on, so your dog gets used to the sounds it makes. 

Using treats at this stage will help you get it over with in a short time, but it’s always an overlooked step that makes a world of difference. 

Step 3: Program the Electronic Dog Door to Recognize Your Dog

Before you install the dog door, it’s recommended that you follow its pairing guide and get your dog recognized by the door. 

This counts as an extra time of getting your dog familiar with the door and also a good test run.

Step 5: Trace and Mark the Door for Installation

Many doggie doors come with a template that you can use to mark the template for cutting on the door.

By tracing and marking the template, it will show you all the spots for essential screw holes as well as the drilling corners before you cut the door. 

Make sure that you make the corners of the opening with a pencil. This is where you’ll use the drill to make holes. Make sure you wear protective eyewear from here on. 

An optional but valuable tip here is to remove the door from its hinges and lay it on a sawhorse or a similar surface for precise cutting. 

If a sawhorse is not available, make sure that you lock the door to prevent swings while cutting. Using the jigsaw, start cutting from one corner in a straight line towards the adjacent drill hole.

Continue following the market template until you cut the square and rectangular-shaped hole in the door. 

Make sure to keep a straight line cutting to keep the cuts smooth. An easy way to follow the template correctly is to tape it to the door until you’re finished drilling and cutting through the door.

Step 6: Install the Outer and Inner Frames of the Electronic Dog Door

Start by installing the side with no flaps or electronic bits to the outer side of the opening you’ve made. 

Make sure to fasten any needed screws to keep the outer frame in place and avoid tampering or wiggling of the frame.

On the interior side of the door, fit the part with the flaps to open and fasten any necessary screws. 

Step 7: Hang the Door Back Up 

If you’ve removed the door, now is the time it’s ready to be rehinged to the wall again. Make sure the door is 

Step 8: Seal the Electronic Dog Door Frame (Optional)

Test the device and the flap to make sure that it works smoothly and is secured firmly to the door.

If the device is working fine but you can feel that the door isn’t insulated against outdoor weather, you can use the caulk sealant gun to seal the inner part of the frame on the outside of the door.

Step 9: Train Your Dog to Use the New Door

Now that the device is working properly and installed, you can train your dog to use the electronic door by taping it open and getting your dog to pass through it until it’s comfortable with its new door. 

After that, leave the door closed and get your dog to stand by it for it to open.

Video Examples of Installation

Wrap Up

With that said, you now know how to install an electronic dog door efficiently and get your doggie to use it. As you can see, the steps aren’t too far off from a regular pet flap.

However, installing an electronic dog door will make your and your dog’s life a whole lot easier and safer.