How To Secure a Dog Door from an Intruder (Easy Steps & Complete Guide)

You can secure a dog door by using an automatic pet door or electronic pet door which works by installing a microchip in your pet’s collar and a sensor in the dog door. If it seems like an expensive investment, then you can install the dog door in the least expected place of the house like the back of the house where it is hidden from the intruder’s sight.

This article will inform you about all the techniques to securing your dog door, the size and places your dog door should be, and cheaper security alternatives.

How to make your dog door thief resistant?

An automatic dog door works by installing a microchip in your pet’s collar and the sensor in the dog door that will sense the microchip signals whenever it’s in the vicinity and it will easily open the door for the dog, making it all the more convenient and safe for your home. As a cheaper alternative, you can even build your dog door in places not easily accessible.

Is it possible for the intruders to enter through the dog door?

Most of the times buglers or invaders use dog door entrance as a way to enter the house by opening door locks through that opening provided. If you are using a big dog door then there is a possibility that these intruders can easily pass through that door, even if you’re using a small door, they can still open up the door lock easily.

What’s the optimal size of the dog door?

As listed by Pet Doors, a leading information site for all things canine, dog size ranges from 5 pounds to about 100 pounds approximately, so the dog door should be installed according to your dog’s size. If you consider a 100-pound dog and a door sized accordingly, then there’s a huge possibility of an intruder entering into the house through the dog door.

What is the perfect place to make a dog door?

A perfect location in the house would be a place which is out of a clear line of sight, especially for people outside your house, or a place not accessible to the intruders. Rather than installing dog door in a door or window you can install it in a wall at the back of the house or in a secure backyard with fence; a very effective way to discourage intruders.

Can the dog door be installed under a window?

Depends upon your dog’s size, if it’s massive in size and weigh up to 100 pounds then it might cause a problem because there would be limited space under the window and not enough room to fix the door. Small or medium sized door might get fixed just fine but for the bigger doors, the window would get in the way.

How to prevent intruder from accessing the dog door?

You can use sensors in the door just like automatic door systems or electronic door systems or microchip sensors or motion sensors. Also security cameras can be located near the door which gives intruders a sense of being watched and deters them from committing any felonies against you and your habitat.

How these electronic sensors do works?

The automatic electronic door systems have a microchip installed in the collar of the dog and a magnetic sensor is installed in the door, whenever the dog is in the vicinity of the sensor the door opens for the dog only, and closes shut right after, making it inaccessible to anyone who isn’t your pet.

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Do automatic door sensors work on all door sizes?

Sometimes it might become difficult for some automatic sensor system to work for massive dogs as it might become difficult for large doors sensors to detect microchip signal when it gets in the vicinity.

Fortunately, a newer technology has invented a form of smart key which can be installed in the collar of the dog instead of a microchip.  

Are there any cheaper alternatives to prevent intruders from accessing the dog door?  

Most dog doors come with a lock cover which is fixed inside the wall that can slide down. The Spruce Pets have the plastic pet door which has a flexible flap door, available at their site with a magnet attached at the end of it, which holds it in its place. Locating the dog door at some unexpected place of the house can also be a way to prevent intruders.

Are dog doors a convenience or a risk to the house?

They can be both; a convenience and a risk at the same time.

Removing a dog door would cause inconvenience as you have to teach your dog to let you know when it wants to go out and you have to take them out accordingly. Although it can eradicate the risk of inviting buglers or intruders into the house.

Should I get my dog door removed to avoid the risk?

Getting the dog door may get rid of the risk and you’ll be more secure from the threat of buglers and intruders, but by doing so you’ll be putting all the burdens on your shoulders and will have to do the duties of the dog door for your pet. If the collective risk outweighs the inconveniences you’ll be facing, then it’s best to remove the dog door altogether.

I’m afraid of the safety risk that comes with installing a dog door: how do I choose the best material for it?

Choosing the right material is crucial in preventing the safety risks that come with installing a dog door at your house. The best type of door for this situation would be one made of plastic with an impact-resistant framing, that comes with an in-built template on how to assemble it as well as a manual.

The best material for your dog door especially if it’s automatic is vinyl flaps, as they’re weather-resistant, sturdy, and malleable enough for your dog to pass through easily without sustaining any injuries.