How Do You Install a Pet Lock on a Patio Door? (Solved 3 Easy Steps!)

Installing a pet lock on house exits can be a simple process, with minimal tools and experience necessary. There are a variety of tools that can help pet parents better and more easily manage their animals’ access to the outdoors. Choosing a pet door has many considerations; one of the most important is that the door and lock do not compromise animal safety or home security. A good pet door will meet both the needs of the pet and the unique needs of homeowners.

Keeping both pets and their home safe is a major concern for pet owners. This is especially true for homeowners who must install pet doors that are size appropriate for large breed dogs. Luckily, the market for pet doors and locks include a myriad of choices that can work in many different homes and configurations. From traditional flap doggy doors to smart/RFID locks, there is sure to be a pet door and lock solution for all pet caregivers.

How do you install a pet lock on a patio door?

Here are the steps to install a standard pet lock on a patio door.

  1. Measure dog to determine correct size of pet door. The best way to determine this is to measure the width and height of your pet.
  2. Measure patio door where the pet door is being installed. If the door is a sliding glass door, measure the height of the doors’ track.
  3. Follow installation directions. Most pet door systems come with all hardware included. Installation process differs depending on the type of patio door and pet door system being used, in addition to the type of lock being installed.

What are the different types of locks to use on pet doors?

  • Latch locks: Latch locks are the most common type of lock for pet doors. 
  • Smart Locks: Smart locks are the most advanced lock. They use smart technology such as Bluetooth, RFID, and pet microchips to control the lock mechanism. Some smart locks can even be controlled remotely by homeowners.
  • Bar locks: Bar locks are meant to be used with sliding glass patio doors. They fit in the gaps of the track that are created by the pet door panel. Bar locks prevent the sliding glass door from moving on the track to open. This can also be accomplished by using a wooden dowel or broomstick in the sliding door track.
  • Locking covers: Locking covers are plastic panels that slide in place over the pet door and lock, blocking access via the pet door.

Can I install a pet door and lock in a sliding glass patio door?

Installing a pet door and lock into a sliding glass patio door is one of the simpler solutions to providing a secure pet door. Users will first want to measure the height of the track of the sliding glass door. Most pet door systems for sliding glass doors do not require cutting and are comprised of panels that easily slide into the existing track. Most pet door systems for sliding doors use clamp locks, which require no tools to install. Foot locks require a drill for frame installation. Pet door installation in sliding glass doors are temporarry and easily reversible, making it a great option for renters. 

Can I install a pet door or lock in a screen patio door?

Lightweight pet doors that can install into screen doors can make a budget friendly option. However, these are only a good option for aluminum screen doors. A nylon, retractable screen door  is not recommended for pet door installation because the door will sag and tear under the weight of a pet door.

Can I install a pet lock myself?

Installing a pet lock can easily be a “do it yourself” project. Many pet lock systems are integrated with the pet door product. In fact, most pet doors come standard with a locking cover, in addition to clamp or latch locks. Many pet lock systems are the perfect project for beginners, as they require no cutting, or special tools to install.  A tape measure, scissors, and a screwdriver are the tools needed most often when installing a pet lock, but some may require electric drills.

Are pet locks expensive?

Pet locks are available for a variety of budgets. The type of pet lock, the brand, and installation method all have an impact on the price a consumer can expect to pay. On the lower end of the budget, basic locks vary by door type and usually cost anywhere from ten to twenty dollars. Locking covers are a bit more expensive, running anywhere from thirty to ninety dollars, depending on brand and size. However, higher end models, like smart and electronic models, can easily cost hundreds of dollars.

Are patio pet doors secure?

Pet doors are an entry point into homes, so naturally a method of securing the door is necessary. Depending on the model of pet door, locks are built into the door. Security of pet doors is dependent on the pet lock quality, but can also be greatly impacted by the type of door and location the pet door is installed. Pet door panels are also a great way to insulate a pet entrance during extreme weather.

How can I increase the security of my pet door?

Securing a pet door with additional locks, a Charley bar or thick dowel in the sliding door track are possible solutions for pet owners looking to increase security of pet doors. Closing panels can be used to block access when needed. Adding motion sensor lights and doorbell cameras can also address security concerns. 

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What is the most secure type of pet lock?

Electronic pet doors are one of the most secure pet door options because they only open/unlock by means of your pet’s microchip or electronic collar tag. These types of pet locks can keep non-pet critters out of the residence, and also allows selective access for different pets in the household if necessary.