How Do You Make a Wooden Doggie Door? (Solved!)

You can make a wooden doggy door on your own using commercial door measurements as your guide. For small, medium, large, and extra-large the measurements will be 6 x 7, 8 x 15, 10 x 19, and 12 x 23. Go with a larger size if you aren’t sure and consider installing a strip of carpet for quiet operation.

In today’s article we’ve gathered questions that are trending this week about DIY doggy doors, required measurements, and more. Want to make an existing door quieter? How much should commercial doors cost? Read on to get the answers that you need to make sure that your dog’s door is perfect!

Can you make your own doggie door?

Yes, you can make your own doggy door if you have a DIY inclination, scrap wood, and tools. It’s a great way to save money if you have a lot of dogs, as well. Just remember to measure your pets well in advance to ensure that the door will be the right size for extended use.

It should be about 1 inch taller than your biggest dog and the step to go in must be 1/3 of your smallest pet’s height. If you are worried that it might be too small, make it a little bigger than what you need – a dog can use a dog door that’s too big, but not one that’s too small!

What can I use instead of a doggie door?

There are lots of doggie door alternatives that you can purchase commercially. Most of them amount to a window pivot, but check around and you can find some interesting models.

Some examples to get you started include the ‘High Tech Pets’ Wall Entry Pet Closure, the ‘Autoslide Canine Dog Door’, and the ‘Petsafe Mesh Door’.

How do you make a large dog door smaller?

Often it is easier to simply replace the door, but you can definitely try to make it smaller first. One trick is to install weather stripping and use caulk to help fill in the space that you can so that you may trim the plastic flap to fit the new opening.

If you have the tools and the DIY inclination, then you can likely do it this way, but if you aren’t confident then your best bet will be to simply replace the door and install a dog door of the appropriate size.

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How can I make my dog door Quieter?

Look for ‘dog door liners’, which are available commercially. These are installed at the base of the door to help ensure that operation is much quieter and they work quite well.

You can also take the DIY approach by installing a strip of thick carpet or cloth at the base of the door, so that you get a soft ‘whoosh’ instead of a loud click when the door is being used.

How much is a doggie door?

Doggie doors are going to vary quite a bit in cost, based on features, materials, and difficulty of installation. That said, basic dog flap style doors with no ‘bells and whistles’ may run you around $100 while fancier electronic models with weather resistant tech can run as much as $2000, fully installed.

On average, most owners spend about $780 to get a good mix of features and durability in their doggy door.

Can a dog door be installed in glass?

Yes, you can install a dog door in glass. Prefabricated panes may be created by a Glazier that incorporate the dog door and allow for simple replacement of a glass pane to install. Alternately, that same Glazier can certainly install the door of your choice during a visit.

Prefabricated sliding glass door options are also available and a great choice for renters, as you can simply put the old sliding glass pane back into place if you move.

How high should a dog door be off the ground?

Your dog door needs to have a step that’s a little bit above the ground, so that when it rains or snows you don’t have to worry about water seeping inside. The best rule for this is to ensure that the step is about as high as 1/3 of your smallest dog’s height.

This makes it easily accessible and should also keep the nasty weather outside, where it belongs.

Can you put a doggy door in a hollow door?

Yes, you can install a doggy door in a hollow door, you just need to be very careful about it. Place the door on top of two sawhorses so that you can access it properly for cutting and you should cut very carefully.

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The problem with hollow doors is their fragility, so while you might be able to do it on your own, it’s really a better option to get a professional to assist. That way, if there are any problems, the work will be insured and you won’t have to worry about buying a new door if you make any mistakes!

How big should a doggy door be?

A doggy door needs to have the bottom entrance step above the ground, at approximately 1/3 of the height of your dog or if you have more than one, 1/3 the height of the smallest dog. The top of the door needs to be no less than 1 inch taller than your largest dog.

The width should be 7 – 15 inches for small or medium dogs or 19 to 23 inches for large and extra-large breeds. Go with the width that matches your largest dog and the door will usable to all of your dogs.

What are the measurements of commercial doggy doors?

Commercial doggy doors come in 4 standard sizes – those being small, medium, large, and extra-large. Small measures 6 by 7 inches, while medium and large are 8 by 15 inches and 10 by 19 inches. Finally, extra-large measures 12 by 23 inches.

If you aren’t sure what to pick, then go one size bigger than what you think you need. Your dog can use a bigger door, but a door that’s too small will not support the weight and wear and tear from extended use, even if your dog manages to squeeze in and out of it!