Why Shouldn’t You Get a Doggy Door? (Solved & Explained!)

You shouldn’t get a doggy door if you cannot provide the training required to ensure it becomes a beneficial investment. Doggy doors can hinder a dog’s potty training and affect the cleanliness and security of your home. Purchasing and installing a doggy door should be carefully considered as they are not universally helpful to every dog owner.

The rest of this article will go into detail about the potential negatives of owning and installing a doggy door, and the implications that this could have for you and your pet.

Will my dog be able to use a doggy door easily?

While most pets want to be able to make their own way outside, your dog will be unlikely to use a doggy door properly without effective training. The process will take multiple days of disciplined guidance so that your dog is able to push the door by themselves, and some dogs will take to the concept less readily than others.

Will my dog be comfortable using a doggy door?

Some dogs will take more time than others to become comfortable with the idea of using a doggy door, and this can create a problem for training. The noise of the door, the steps required to enter and exit through it, and the fact that your dog is unused to the process, may all create anxiety for your dog.

Does one doggy door suit all types of dogs?

A doggy door needs to be the appropriate size and be installed in the right place, meaning that one door may not suit multiple dogs, and the correct size and position will change as your dog grows. For a puppy, the door needs to be close to the ground and reinstalled at greater heights as your dog grows.

Is a doggy door safe for my dog?

If your outside space is not securely fenced in, your dog may be vulnerable to dognapping or becoming lost if they are able to exit the house at will. According to the animal charity The Blue Cross, there was a 170% increase in reported pet thefts between 2019 and 2020 so owners should be particularly careful.

How does a doggy door impact potty training?

Access to a doggy door can make it harder for a puppy to become potty trained because your dog will not go outside to go to the bathroom by default, so you must train them to use the outside space. This is more challenging with a doggy door, as your puppy can become used to being able to pee and poop whenever, and therefore wherever, they feel the need.

Will a doggy door affect my dog’s behaviour?

Having the ability to choose when to come and go can increase a dog’s alpha mentality. Your dog will be less reliant on you as an owner and therefore will be more independent, which removes a bonding opportunity and can result in your dog becoming less responsive to training and instruction.

Will my other pets use a doggy door?

Most cats, and other medium and large-sized indoor pets, will be able to use a doggy door to enter and exit the house. More expensive, electronic doors can be harder for cats to master but it is best to assume that if your dog can work the door, your cat can too. 

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Is a doggy door a security risk?

Depending on the size of the door that you install, children, wild animals, and even intruders may be able to use the door to gain access to your property. Even a smaller door can allow an intruder to reach through and manipulate the locks, which can pose a risk of burglary.

How clean is a doggy door for my house?

When your dog can leave and enter at will, they are much more likely to track dirt through your house or bring in other unclean things, like dead animals, without you realising. This can be a particular problem if there is no one around to supervise and clean up after your dog when it comes in.

Is a doggy door easy to install?

You will need to cut a hole in your wall or door to install a doggy door, which is not always a DIY task, and while some types can be easier to install, many people will need to hire a contractor to get the job done. If you are renting, you will likely need permission from your landlord.

Is a doggy door energy efficient?

Installing a doggy door will have an impact on the insulation of whichever door or wall it has been installed in and you can see an increase in your heating bills. Not all doggy doors function well in high winds and more extreme temperatures, and damage to the door over time can increase these problems.

Will installing a doggy door cause damage?

Even when done correctly, or put in place by a professional, installing a doggy door can void the manufacturer’s warranty on a door and it will not be easy to remove. High usage can also cause damage to the doggy door itself over time, and lower-quality doors can become unusable or unsafe.

Will I need to replace a doggy door over time?

The most common maintenance issue that occurs with doggy doors is needing to replace the flaps, particularly if they are made with cheaper materials, which often needs to be done around once a year. The frame of the door can also crack or warp, and these issues are made worse if your dog chews on the material.

Will an electronic doggy door solve my problems?

While an electronic, or automatic, door can help to make things easier, because it will open automatically when your dog is nearby, the technology is not always accurate. They are more expensive to purchase than a manual doggy door and can become difficult for your dog to understand and use correctly if they are not functioning properly.