The largest dog door is the ‘extra-large’ size and this measure in at a whopping 12 inches by 23 inches and is suitable for such breed as Irish Wolfhounds, Old English Sheepdogs, Rottweilers, and other large dogs. Dog doors may be customized, but there are standard measurements to most.
For the rest of this article, we’re going to answer questions trending this week from dog owners just like yourself. Want to know how to make a dog door quieter? How big of a door that you need for a Boxer? Find the answers to these questions and more in the sections below!
Table of Contents
- Can a person fit through a large dog door?
- What size doggie door do I need for a Pitbull?
- What can I use instead of a doggie door?
- Do burglars use dog doors?
- Do dog doors affect insurance?
- How big is a large dog door?
- What size dog door does a Boxer need?
- How can I make my dog door Quieter?
- How do I stop my dog from drafting at the door?
- Can a dog door be installed in glass?
Can a person fit through a large dog door?
Yes, it’s possible, but there are measure which you can take to help to reduce the security concerns of a dog door. Motion sensors and cameras are relatively inexpensive, plus there are electronic models that lock when your dog is not using them and these can also be fitted with a security alarm.
With a little tweaking, your dog can have their dog door, while keeping security concerns at a minimum.
What size doggie door do I need for a Pitbull?
You want a door that is at least an inch taller than you anticipate your Pit Bull being once they are fully grown. If you aren’t certain, go with an extra-large door. These measure in at 12 inches by 23 inches and are suitable for large breeds, such as Sheep Dogs, Great Danes, and more.
Remember that a dog can always use a door that is too large for them, but one that is too small will not fully support their weight and regular use if they can even use them at all.
What can I use instead of a doggie door?
While they all are technically doors in some form or fashion, there are various installation options that you can go with instead of the standard ‘door within your door’. Windows, for instance, may be modified to allow your dog to use them, with a ramp being put in place to allow access.
Wall-doors are also another popular option, though masonry tools will be required to install them on your own, so professional installation will generally be the best option.
Do burglars use dog doors?
Burglars can potentially make use of a dog door, especially a ‘flap’ style door which doesn’t lock safely into place. They can reach in and simply open the door or if this is not possible, can sometimes ‘fish’ out items with the use of a cane or a specially outfitted pole.
Due to this possibility, it is recommended that additional security be considered if you wish to install a dog door. Electronic models that work with a microchip can safely lock the door when not in use or you can even fit that door with a security alarm of it’s own for when both you and your dog are not at home.
Do dog doors affect insurance?
As dog doors are sometimes considered a security concern, there is a possibility that it could void your full coverage home insurance or at least require that additional premiums must be paid.
Check with your provider before you install a dog door to make sure that this will not be the case and be sure to note who you talk to – it’s always better to err on the safe side!
How big is a large dog door?
With prefabricated doors you can purchase a dog door in small, medium, large, or extra-large. The ‘large’ doors will generally have a specific measurement of 10 inches by 19 inches. This makes them suitable for breeds such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Bulldogs, and German Shepherds.
That said, smaller dogs can still use these doors and if you have more than one pet, the trick is to measure your tallest and smallest pet and the door needs to be 1 inch taller than your tallest animal and the step at the bottom much be no more than 1/3 of your smallest animal’s height.
What size dog door does a Boxer need?
Boxers are a large breed of dog, as such, if you are going with a prefabricated model, rather than a custom one, then you want to select a ‘large’ model. The industry standard for ‘large’ model dog door will measure 11 by 17 inches and should be a perfect fit for the size and weight of your Boxer.
How can I make my dog door Quieter?
You can do a few things to make your dog door a little less loud, with the first option being simply lubricating the moving parts of the door.
This will take care of a lot of the sound, but you can also add a soft lining at the bottom by affixing a strip of soft carpet or a soft fabric so that instead of a loud ‘click’ you’ll get more of a soft ‘whoosh’ whenever your dog is using the door.
How do I stop my dog from drafting at the door?
If you are getting a bit of a draft and using a standard, non-electronic dog flap, then try affixing magnets at the base of the door and installing a metal strip at the base to attract those magnets. This will help to hold the flap closed and should reduce any draft appreciably.
You can further improve the door with some silicone caulk to seal it any cracks and weatherstripping can further winterize your doggy door as well. Finally, consider an airtight seal or an upgrade to an electronic model that will close and lock when not in use.
Can a dog door be installed in glass?
Yes, you can install a dog door in glass doors, wooden ones, or even in walls – it all depends on what you need and what you are willing to spend to make it happen.
With glass, you can measure the space needed in advance and hire a Glazier, who can cut the glass and replace it with a custom pane that incorporates your dog door. Just be sure to choose a door that is large enough that your dog can still use it once they reach their mature height!