How Do You Install an Interior Door for a Pet Door? (Easy Steps!)

An interior doggie door install is much the same as a standard pet door install. You must remove the door from it’s hinges by tapping out the pins, suspending it between two saw horses for accurate and easy cutting, install, and sealing before replacing the door to it’s original location.

Today we’re going to cover the most-asked questions this week on doggy door installation and concerns. Read on to find out what measurements you’ll need, places where you may install your dog door, and more – let’s see what people are asking about doggy doors this week!

Can you install your own dog door?

Yes, if you have the DIY inclination and the proper tools, then you can easily purchase or even build your own dog door. You’ll need some basics, such as a jigsaw, a screwdriver, measuring tape, a drill, and a level to do it and a couple of sawhorses to balance the door you will be cutting will also help.

You can save a bundle this way, though consider purchasing the door that you will be installing so that you can put in a microchip model. These lock when not in use, saving you on your electric bill and providing a little added security in the bargain.

What type of door can you put a dog door in?

You can install a doggy door in just about any kind of door. Hollow core doors, uPVC, glass, solid-wood type doors, and even metal ones. If your garage is a one-piece door model, you can install a large dog door there, too, though sectional-style garage doors will only support doggy doors for smaller dogs.

Patio style doors are the easiest for install, as they come prefabricated and you just have to slide them in – making this the preferred option for renters who want the convenience of a dog door without modifying the actual house.

How much does it cost to install a dog door?

Professional installation rates may vary quite a bit, but on average you can expect to pay around $780 total, usually with the price of the door included in this cost. The overall range for installs is anywhere from $100 up to $2000, so it’s really in your best interest to shop around.

Don’t go with the cheapest rate, of course, and make sure that your installer is licensed and insured before you commit. With a little due-diligence, you can save some money and still get a top-notch install.

Get Our #1 Easy, Homemade Dog Food Recipe (Vet-Approved), 100% Free!!! Click to get it NOW!

How high should a dog door be off the ground?

Your dog door needs to have a ‘step’, so that the base of the entry is not right next to the ground. This will keep rainwater from flooding in if you have a bad storm or melt from snows outside – so this part is vital.

The dog door needs to be about 1/3 the height of the smallest canine that will be using the door (if you have more than one dog). The top of the door should also be one inch taller than your tallest dog. This will keep the door high enough to avoid potential flooding while making it accessible to all of your pets.

How do you measure a dog for a dog door?

When you are deciding on the size that you need for your dog door, you should first get your measuring tape and measure your dog from their feet up to the tips of their ears (or top of their heads, if the ears don’t stand up). Next, if you have more than one dog, measure your smallest dog.

The door needs to be one inch taller than your first measurement, and the step (bottom of the door) must be no lower than 1/3 of the second measurement. This will ensure that everyone can use the door with little or no difficulty.

Can you install a dog door in glass?

Yes, you can install a dog door in glass, and how you do so depends on the type of door. With a patio door, you can buy a prefabricated glass pane that has the door pre-installed, which may simply be slid into place.

With other glass doors, a Glazier can take your door’s measurements and cut a pane to those specifications or for an additional fee, can install the door into the custom pane for you.

How can I make my dog door Quieter?

A ‘dog door liner’ is one way to make a door quieter and these are available commercially for purchase or you can DIY a solution yourself with a strip of carpet or a soft, thick fabric installed at the base of the door.

This keeps the door from clicking, as the carpet or fabric should muffle the sound into a quieter ‘whoosh’ whenever it is being used. This is an easy-to-implement option that’s a great solution to use if you have a dog that can’t decide easily if they want to be in or out.

How do you winterize a dog door?

Winterizing a dog door can be done in a number of ways. Replacing the flap with an airtight, spring-enforced flap can help to keep out drafts, and you can also purchase some silicone caulk for sealing up any cracks around the frame.

Get Our #1 Easy, Homemade Dog Food Recipe (Vet-Approved), 100% Free!!! Click to get it NOW!

Weatherstripping may be installed to further insulate the door, or you could also simply upgrade to an electronic model that locks in place when not in use or a thicker-flap model such as from Endura, which is 1/3 an inch thick instead of the standard ¼ inch flap.

Can you put a doggie door through brick?

Yes, you can install a doggie door in brick, just be sure to go with a sturdy framed option (aluminum is good) so that the door is up to the task and not going to need replacement anytime soon.

Professional install is recommended so that the work is insured and your home is protected, but contact your insurance company before installing the door to make sure that you won’t be voiding your coverage.

Can you put a doggy door on a metal door?

Yes, you can install a doggy door in a metal door. Installation is much the same as with a standard door, you just need tools that are up to the task of cutting and drilling into the metal or you could hire a professional to do the installation for you.