Best Dog Door & Pet Door 2018 /19: Buyer’s Guide & Reviews

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A good dog door has benefits for both you, and your dog.

For yourself, it will save you time and effort getting up off the lounge, and going back and forward to and from the outside door to let your dog in and out.

For your dog, it will allow them more time to play outside (especially when you’re at work), get fresh air and excuse themselves when nature calls somewhere else other than your inside floors! 

When buying the best dog door or pet door for your pet/s and home, there are several factors you need to be aware of.

It’s wise not to just go out and buy the first dog door that looks cheap and suitable.

From door price, to features like security and weatherproofing, to ease of installation, to dog door type, to dog door size – these factors and a few others are among the considerations you’ll have to make.

This dog and pet door guide, and reviews, should make the process of picking the best dog door for your 4 legged friend/s a lot easier, and save you heaps of time researching (we’ve done that for you).

Let’s jump into it…

 

Best Dog Door & Pet Door: Top Rated List

In case you are running short on time & can’t read the whole guide…

you can check out our best dog door and pet door choices here:

Ideal Pet Products Original Pet Door with Telescoping Frame (on Amazon) – Best Cheap Dog Door

SureFlap Microchip Pet Door (On Amazon)  – Best Electronic Dog Door/Best Automatic Dog Door for Small & Medium Dogs

High Tech Pet Power Pet Electronic Pet Door (On Amazon) – Best Electronic Dog Door/Best Automatic Dog Door for Large Dogs

PetSafe Extreme Weather Door (On Amazon) – Best Cheap Insulated Dog Door For Cold Weather

Perfect Pet All-Weather Energy Efficient Dog Door (On Amazon) – Best Insulated Dog Door For Cold Weather

PetSafe Freedom Aluminium Patio Panel Sliding Glass Pet Door (On Amazon) – Best Dog Door For Sliding Glass Door

PlexiDor Performance Pet Doors Large White Door Mount (On Amazon) – Best Dog Door For Large Dogs & Heavy Chewers, Best Security Dog Door

PetSafe Wall Entry Aluminum Pet Doors (On Amazon) – Best Through Wall Dog Door (for Wall mounting)

Ideal Pet Products Aluminum Sash Window Pet Door, Extra Large (On Amazon) – Best Window Sash Dog Door (for sliding window installation)

Ideal Pet Doors Screen Guard Pet Door (On Amazon) – Best Dog & Pet Door For Screen Doors

 

 

Best Dog Door & Pet Door: Reviews

We’ve listed some of the best regular dog doors below, but you can find some of the best specific types of dog doors in the guides here:

 

Ideal Pet Products Original Pet Door with Telescoping Frame

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The Ideal Pet Products Original Pet Door comes with a thermoplastic ABS frame, vinyl flap and manual internal sliding security and weather board/screen.

It is designed for installation in doors, but may fit some walls too.

 

Who Is This Dog Door For?

  • Those looking for an economical/cheap dog door that is easy to install and just ‘get’s the job done’ without any extra special features or super high end quality or materials
  • Those looking for a manual (non-electronic) door mounted dog door

Who Is This Dog Door Not For?

  • Those looking for a top of the line dog door
  • Those looking for an electronic or automatic dog door
  • Those looking for the most weatherproof dog door

What’s Good About It?

  • Comes in 4 sizes – Small, Medium, Large & Super Large
  • Very cheap and economical
  • Telescoping – can fit a range of thicknesses of doors
  • Plastic is impact resistant, and thermoplastic for better energy efficiency
  • Installation takes only about 20 minutes
  • Super Large size can fits dogs up to 120 pounds
  • Has a lock in/lock out internal slider
  • Has a magnetic seal on the bottom of the door flap

What’s Not So Great?

  • Not the most weather proof dog door 
  • Magnetic strip can come loose or lose function after a while
  • There is instructions on how to cut the hole, but no template

What Else Do You Need To Use This Dog Door?

Where Can I Check Out This Dog Door?

View the Ideal Pet Products Original Pet Door with Telescoping Frame on Amazon

 

SureFlap Microchip Pet Door

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When it comes to the best electronic dog door, or best automatic dog door for small and medium dogs, you have 3 main options:

The honest truth is that there is no perfect electronic dog door on the market at the moment. All have either small or major drawbacks.

We ruled out the PetSafe SmartDoor straight away because it simply has too many design flaws.

We chose the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door because it gets the job done for a reasonable price.

If you are willing to pay a bit more (and you don’t like the features or design of the SureFlap), the PetSafe SmartDoor Plus Pet Door, Selective Entry/Exit with Programmable Timer is still worth a look.

Who Is This Dog Door For?

  • Those looking for an electronic dog door for small to medium sized dogs

Who Is This Dog Door Not For?

  • Those looking for an electronic dog door for large dogs

What’s Good About It?

  • Works with your pet’s existing unique identification microchip or RFID collar tag (one tag supplied with the product)
  • Can store up to 32 pets in its memory – good for multi pet households
  • Designed for large cats and small dogs
  • Sizing – pet’s shoulders should ideally be no wider than 6 and a half inches and the circumference of their waistline at its widest point should be no more than 20 and a quarter inches. The dimensions of the flap (the smallest area your pet will need to pass through) is 7\” (w) x 6.69\” (h)
  • Size of the hole required to install the pet door is 8.15\” (w) x 9.21\” (h)
  • Can be installed in doors, windows and walls – for walls and windows, you’ll need adaptors and tunnel extenders
  • Battery powered using 4 C cell batteries which last up to a year with normal use
  • Racoon tested

What’s Not So Great?

  • Batteries don’t come with the door
  • Batteries have to be replaced yearly
  • Only ONE RFID collar tag comes with the product
  • The door only filters one way – ALL pets will be able to get out, but only pets with a collar tag or microchip can get in

What Else Do You Need To Use This Dog Door?

  • SureFlap Pet Door Mounting Adaptor is required for glass installations and one or more
  • You’ll need a cutting tool, drill and screwdriver to install the door

Where Can I Check Out This Dog Door?

Click here to view the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door (on Amazon)

 

High Tech Pet Power Pet Electronic Pet Door

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The High Teach Pet Power Electronic Pet door is a high security electronic dog door for large dogs and pets.

Who Is This Dog Door For?

  • People who want an electronic or automatic dog or pet door for their large pets

Who Is This Dog Door Not For?

  • People who want a cheap electronic pet door

What’s Good About It?

  • Motor driven vertically-sliding door is activated by MS-4 ultrasonic collar
  • Directional sensing system opens the door only when your pet is on a direct approach, not when he/she is just wandering by or sleeping next to the door
  • Wide selection of programming options – 4-way access control lets you select from In Only, Out Only, Full Access or Closed & Locked
  • Wind and weatherproof with airtight seal
  • VERY secure door – automatic deadbolt locking adds a level of security higher than any other pet door
  • Panel size: 12-1/4 by 16-inch for pets up to 100-pounds

What’s Not So Great?

  • Expensive initial cost, and can be expensive to keep maintained or repaired
  • If you have to get it repaired, you have to send it back to the manufacturer, and you’re left with a big hole in your door (you could temporarily fix a plate of some kind to the door until you get the door back though)
  • Cheap sensitivity adjustment knobs

What Else Do You Need To Use This Dog Door?

Where Can I Check Out This Dog Door?

View the High Tech Pet Power Pet Electronic Pet Door on Amazon

 

Perfect Pet All-Weather Energy Efficient Dog Door

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We rated this pet door as the best dog door for cold weather and the best insulated dog door.

There isn’t the installation problems of the PetSafe Extreme Weather Door, or the design issues with the flaps letting in cold air that the Ideal Pet Products Ruff-Weather Pet Door with Telescoping Frame has.

For dogs the size of a German Shepherd, the Super Large size is worth consideration.

Who Is This Dog Door For?

  • People who want a door or wall mounted insulated dog door
  • People who want a door or wall mounted dog door for cold weather

Who Is This Dog Door Not For?

  • Those who want a regular pet door
  • Those who want a cheap insulated dog door for cold weather

What’s Good About It?

  • Energy efficient structural foam molded plastic
  • Adjustable frame telescopes ¾-inch to 1 ¾-inch thickness
  • Innovative Double Vinyl Flap design creates energy efficient air pocket for maximum insulation
  • Flap Size is 15-inch by 23 1/2-inch on the Super Large model
  • For the door version – air pocket of up to 3-inch between the 2 flaps in a door installation
  • With the wall kit – an air pocket of up to 9-inch

What’s Not So Great?

  • Super Large size is quite expensive
  • Screws are very long, and are philips head (not regular screws). They also seem to strip easier than other screws so be careful of that when installing
  • Security panel locks on – but isn’t very strong (doesn’t slide on like a lot of other models)

What Else Do You Need To Use This Dog Door?

  • For installation you’ll need a cutting tool like a jigsaw, drill and Philips head screwdriver

Where Can I Check Out This Dog Door?

View the Perfect Pet All-Weather Energy Efficient Dog Door on Amazon

 

PetSafe Extreme Weather Door

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When it comes to the best cheap insulated dog door for cold weather, the two leaders are either this Petsafe Extreme Weather Door, or the Ideal Pet Products Ruff-Weather Pet Door with Telescoping Frame (On Amazon)

Whilst the main drawback with this Petsafe Extreme Weather Door is that is can be a pain to install, it does what it is suppose to do once installed – insulate your house from the cold (or hot) weather.

The Ideal Pet Products Ruff-Weather Pet Door with Telescoping Frame is much easier to install and is built well for cold weather, but it has one major design flaw – the flaps tend to get stuck with friction and let cold air in (it is otherwise a great cold weather dog door for insulation).

So, we chose the PetSafe Extreme Weather Door.

Who Is This Dog Door For?

  • Those looking for a cheaper dog door for insulation or cold weather

Who Is This Dog Door Not For?

  • Those looking for a standard dog door

What’s Good About It?

  • 3-flap system with a center insulated flap is perfect for hot and cold climates or to help keep the warm and cool air inside your home
  • Provides 3.5 times more energy efficiency than a traditional single flap pet door
  • Paintable plastic frame to match your door color and décor
  • Detailed installation instructions and cutting template included
  • For installation in doors 1 5/8″ to 2 1/4″ thick
  • Large is designed for pets 100 lbs. or less; flap opening size is 10 1/8″ W x 16 1/4″ H

What’s Not So Great?

  • Snap on closing panel comes off very easily – not as good as a slide on security panel
  • Can be difficult to install – template only covers the flap – not where to screws are to go
  • Plastic screws – no real issue with them, but would be nice to have metal screws
  • Middle insulation flap isn’t transparent – some dogs can have trouble knowing to go through

What Else Do You Need To Use This Dog Door?

  • You’ll need a cutting tool like a jigsaw, a drill and a screwdriver
  • If you have real troubles installation – search ‘ PetSafe Extreme Weather Door installation instructions’ on Google for several installation videos

Where Can I Check Out This Dog Door?

View the PetSafe Extreme Weather Door on Amazon

 

PetSafe Freedom Aluminum Patio Panel Sliding Glass Pet Door

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The PetSafe Freedom Aluminium Patio Panel Sliding Glass Pet Door is a full height pet door.

You install it into your existing sliding door track (the pet door is full height).

It comes with an aluminium framed pet door, flexible flap, sliding internal screen for extra security, and glass panel with top adjustor.

Who Is This Dog Door For?

  • Those looking for a dog door or pet door to fit in their glass sliding door

Who Is This Dog Door Not For?

  • Those looking for a regular dog door to fit in a timber door or wall

What’s Good About It?

  • Comes in two sizes – 76 13/16″ – 81″ AND 91 7/16″ – 96″
  • Comes in four different layout styles with different widths – Small, Medium, Large, Large-Tall
  • Comes in 3 different colors – White, Satin and Bronze
  • No cutting is required – you simply install it into your existing sliding door track
  • If you ever move or want to take the dog door with you, you can simply take it out of the track – GREAT for people who rent
  • Heavy Duty aluminium frame
  • Shatter resistant and tempered glass
  • Sliding screen comes with a latch for locking and extra security
  • Weatherproofing includes weatherstrips around the frame, magnetic seal on the door flap and sliding screen behind door

What’s Not So Great?

  • Not the cheapest dog or pet door on the market – but, when you consider it’s a full height door with glass and aluminium frame, it makes sense
  • 96″ model comes in 2 parts and does take a little longer to set up and install
  • Weather stripping isn’t the absolute highest quality – may need to re-stick it every 6 months or so
  • Like most dog doors with magnetic strips, the magnet doesn’t always fully stick

What Else Do You Need To Use This Dog Door?

  • Screwdriver and potentially a drill to install the door into the track

Where Can I Check Out This Dog Door?

View the PetSafe Freedom Aluminum Patio Panel Sliding Glass Pet Door on Amazon

 

PlexiDor Performance Pet Doors Large White Door Mount

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The Plexidor Performance Large Door Mounted Pet Door comes with a hardened aluminium frame and strong plexi glass panels which can be locked and unlocked.

The large model is especially designed for dogs up to 100 pounds, but there is an Extra Large version for dogs up to 220 pounds.

Who Is This Dog Door For?

  • People who want a high quality pet door for large and extra large dogs, heavy chewers, and want extra security in a dog door
  • People who want a tough dog door with a big warranty
  • People who are OK paying more for a high quality pet door

Who Is This Dog Door Not For?

  • People who want a standard or cheap dog door
  • People who want a dog door for medium and small dogs

What’s Good About It?

  • Strong frame – hardened aluminium
  • Comes in three colors – silver, white or bronze
  • Plexiglass panels are strong and you won’t need to replace a flap like you would on a standard dog door
  • Comes with cylinder lock and key for panels
  • Comes with an additional steel security plate which can be placed on the inside of the dog door for extra security (like when you go away on holidays or for an extended period)
  • The door as a whole seems to seal really well giving you great weatherproofing. The panels seal off better than a regular flap with magnetic strip
  • Manufactured in the USA

What’s Not So Great?

  • You pay a premium for this pet door because of it’s high quality materials and construction

What Else Do You Need To Use This Dog Door?

  • Cutting tool, drill and screwdriver to install the door
  • If you don’t have a completely flush/flat door, you will need to caulk any gap

Where Can I Check Out This Dog Door?

View the PlexiDor Performance Pet Doors Large White Door Mount on Amazon

Is There An Extra Large version of this dog door for the biggest dogs?

Yes. Plexidor have an Extra Large Dog Door for dogs up to 220 pounds:

Are there Large and Extra Large Wall Mounted Plexidor dog doors?

Yes. They also have a wall mounted dog door for large and extra large dogs:

 

PetSafe Wall Entry Aluminum Pet Doors

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The PetSafe Wall Entry Aluminum Pet Door comes with a plastic and aluminium frame, double pet door flaps, and sliding security panel.

It is designed primarily for internal and external wall mounting, but could be used for doors too.

Who Is This Dog Door For?

  • Those looking for a pet door for interior or exterior walls

Who Is This Dog Door Not For?

  • Those looking for a pet door designed for door mounting

What’s Good About It?

  • Comes in three sizes – Small, Medium and Large
  • Can be mounted on both interior and exterior walls
  • Installation instructions, cutting template and hardware included
  • Telescoping tunnel for easy installation – walls of different thicknesses – fits doors & walls 12 – 18 cm thick (4.7 to 7 inches)
  • For dogs up to 45 kg or 99 pounds
  • Has a double flap with middle air lock for better weatherproofing
  • Internal sliding panel for extra security and weatherproofing included
  • Don’t need to box out the gap when installing

What’s Not So Great?

  • Some dogs need training to get through the double flap
  • Decent weatherproofing but not the best

What Else Do You Need To Use This Dog Door?

  • Cutting tool, drill and screwdriver required for installation. If installing into brick, you may need to call a professional

Where Can I Check Out This Dog Door?

View the PetSafe Wall Entry Aluminum Pet Doors on Amazon

 

Ideal Pet Doors Screen Guard Pet Door

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What’s Good About It?

  • Good for dogs or cats
  • Very secure
  • High quality materials used 
  • Very affordable, even with having to buy the screen door grill guard/grille separately
  • 2 sizes of doors which are good for pets between 36 to 90 lbs
  • Easy installation, and if you struggle to install, there is an installation video on the Ideal Pet website. If you don’t feel comfortable cutting into your existing screen mesh, you can get a professional handyperson in to install in an hour or two – instructions are included on the box
  • Installs in a screen guard or screen grille (not included – you must purchase separately) for extra support
  • Flexible vinyl flap with magnetic closure
  • We have included the flap sizes below – measure your dog from paws to top of shoulder blades, and width, then compare to flap size
  • Extra Large size should fit 90-95lbs bigger dogs like German Shepherds

What Could Be Improved?

  • Comes in only two sizes – 
Pet Door Style/Size      Pet Door Flap Size        Recommended Weight Range of Pet
Medium                             7″ x 11-1/4″                                   13 to 35 Lbs.
Extra Large                      10-1/2″ x 15″                                  36 to 90 Lbs.
  • You’ll need to buy the grill/screen guard extra as support for the door

What Else Might You Get With It?

Where To Check It Out?

View the Ideal Pet Doors Screen Guard Pet Door on Amazon

 

Ideal Pet Products Aluminum Sash Window Pet Door

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If you don’t want to or can’t install a pet door into a door or window in your house, this pet door allows you to install one into your window sash.

 

Who Is This Dog Door For?

  • Those wanting to install a pet door into their window sash

Who Is This Dog Door Not For?

  • Those wanting to install a pet door into their door or wall

What’s Good About It?

  • Comes with a white aluminium frame
  • No holes to cut – it installs into a sliding sash window track
  • Comes in different sizes – the Extra Large model fits 33″ to 38″ Wide windows
  • 5/8″ thick on all sides
  • Comes with a spring loaded locking slide
  • Lexan clear vinyl flap with magnetic strip for closure – flap size is 10-1/2″x15″
  • Designed for pets up to 90 pounds

What’s Not So Great?

  • The only real problem with this window is that it would be good if it came with a sliding security screen as the security on the pet door isn’t great. However, there are some extra security bits you can buy relatively cheaply

What Else Do You Need To Use This Dog Door?

  • Drill and screwdriver to install
  • Extra security measures –

– 4 Pcs Sliding Window Lock (On Amazon)

Prime-Line Products U 9809 Sliding Window Lock, 1/2 in., Diecast Construction (On Amazon)

Where Can I Check Out This Dog Door?

View the Ideal Pet Products Aluminum Sash Window Pet Door on Amazon

 

Best Dog Door & Pet Door: Buyer’s Guide & FAQ

1. Consider Manual vs. Electronic Dog Door

  • Traditional Manual Dog Door

Traditional manual dog doors come with a frame made of usually hardened plastic or aluminium.

They can come with one to three dog door flaps made of plastic or vinyl, that is clear or tinted.

They can be door mounted, wall mounted or full height doors and panels that sit in a glass and aluminium sliding door track.

 

  • Electronic Dog Door/Smart Dog Door

The cheaper type of electronic dog door is made of a hardened plastic with a hardened plastic flap.

The flap is operated by a smart key with batteries which allows you to lock or open the door electronically or automatically.

Other cheaper electronic dog doors work with existing microchips.

There are also more expensive high tech electronic dog doors that are motor driven and allow you to be much more specific with the access and exit settings, and they are smarter when it comes to allowing your pet in and out.

 

  • Which is better – Manual dog door or electronic dog door?

The truth is that there aren’t any perfect electronic pet doors on the market at the moment – especially for large dogs.

When you pair that together with the fact that there is an upkeep cost (batteries, transmitters and repairs for door electronics), these doors can be very expensive and more effort and time than they are worth in the long run.

If security is a big thing for you, you are better off getting a manual dog door with a sliding security panel.

Manual dog doors are generally a one off cost, and once they are installed, you don’t have to worry about repairs or replacing anything.

 

2. Consider Type of Dog Door

Apart from the two main types of dog doors above (manual and electronic/automatic), there are specific dog door types to consider:

  • Regular Dog Door For Door Mounting
  • Weatherproof Dog Doors For Hot or Cold Weather
  • Electronic/Automatic Dog Doors
  • Aluminium Framed Dog Door for Wall Installation
  • Dog Door That Installs into Sash Window (e.g. Ideal Pet Products Aluminum Sash Window Pet Door)
  • Dog Door That Fits Vinyl Patio Doors ( e.g. Ideal Pet Products 150 Series Vinyl Insulated Pet Patio Door)
  • Patio Panels for Sliding Glass Doors (full height portable dog doors that install into the sliding door track)
  • Door Mounted Dog Doors For Large and Extra Large Dogs (usually by a company called Plexidor)
  • Security Based Dog Doors With Secure Locking Screens and Panels

 

3. Consider Dog Door Sizes

Dog and pet doors can range in opening size, but generally a standard dog door will be:

  • Small – 5 1/8″ W x 8 7/8″ H
  • Medium – 8 1/8″ W x 12 7/8″ H
  • Large – 10 1/8″ W x 16 7/8″ H
  • Extra Large – 13 5/8″ W x 24 3/8″ H

 

Dog doors for sliding glass doors and patios will be full length panels (much taller than the above standard dog doors) and doors that fit into the sliding door track. 

 

4. Measuring Your Dog For A Dog Door

It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s directions on measuring your door, wall and pet for knowing which size pet door to order.

But in general, you’ll want to complete four measurements (five for full length dog doors):

  • Height of Your Pet (paws to top of shoulders, and bottom of chest to top of shoulders) – add two inches to the shoulder height of your dog for your dog door opening size
  • Width of Your Pet (at shoulders)  – add two inches to the width of your dog for your dog door opening size

 

Most online resources will tell you these two measurements and leave it at that. However, there are two other measurement you have to carry out…

  • Weight of Your Pet – Most manufacturers will also rate their door for a dog of a certain weight – so check the what weight of your dog is and check the manufacturer’s design instructions (usually in pounds).
  • Thickness of Door or Wall – the average dog door is built to be installed in doors 1-1/4-Inch to 2-Inch thick. Although, some have a telescoping feature to fit to different thicknesses.
  • Track to track height – for full height dog doors for aluminium glass sliding door installs.

 

Note that if you have two or more dogs or pets, you’ll want to make sure the opening is big enough for your largest pet, and obviously rated for their weight too.

 

5. Consider Dog Door Installation Location

There are several locations you have the option of installing your dog and pet door at:

  • Timber Door
  • Steel Door (including garage doors)
  • Aluminium and Glass Sliding Door
  • Mesh Fly Screen Door
  • Wall – usually brick
  • Aluminium Sliding Window (e.g. the Ideal Pet Products Aluminum Sash Window Pet Door)
  • Vinyl Door

Follow the manufacturer instructions for installation, which may or may not involve cutting into an existing door or wall.

If the door or wall requires cutting, you usually have to call in a professional installer.

 

6. Dog Door Features To Consider

  • Dog Door Flap – Is is tinted or clear? Are there enough holes in the top of the flap to allow flap adjustment? Is there a magnetic lower strip on the flap to secure the flap to the dog door frame? Can you buy replacement flaps for that model of pet door? Is there a double door flap  or triple door flap to create an ‘air-lock’ in the middle of the dog door?
  • Access and Locking/Sealing Options – Does the door come with just the flap? Is there a sliding locking or closing panel inside the frame to manually lock the opening off and stop weather, overdrafts, debris, human intruders and insects/bugs? Is the opening electronic or operated by a SmartKey allowing remote closing and opening?
  • Dog Door Frame – is the dog door frame aluminium or plastic? If plastic, is it a thermoplastic type frame which is better for retaining heat or the cool? If your dog is a chewer, do you want a thicker frame?
  • Dog Door Colors – Are there a range of colors such as white, satin, bronze etc. to fit in with your decor? Is the frame paintable to get an EXACT match with your door?
  • Dog Door Glass – for full height dog doors for sliding glass doors, is the glass tempered or tinted?
  • Weather Seals – for aluminium and plastic dog door frames, are there weather strips around the outside of the frame for insulation?
  • Other Weather Proofing – are there any internal weather proofing flaps like on the 3 flap dog doors? Is there an air lock between the external flap/door and the inside environment? Consider the climate you live in (is it hot, cold or moderate where you live?) to get an idea of the level of weatherproofing you require.
  • Dog Door Layout – for full length dog doors, they come with different layouts and heights of the glass panels and the dog door.
  • Dog Door Bottom Lip – the lip is the bottom of the dog door frame. Some models have a higher lip that sits above the ground to discourage random smaller animals like rodents for example from entering the house.
  • Electronic Dog Doors – specifically with electronic dog and pet doors, look out for the following:

– Programmable setting with option for auto lock and release at different times of the day

– How is the dog door powered or driven? Battery or motor driven?

– LED frame indicators

– Option to increase or increase sensitivity of microchip when your pet is different ranges away

– Does the door work with new microchip collars to trigger the door (sometimes known as a smart key), or can it work with existing microchips?

– Option to program the door for multiple pets’ microships/smartkeys (if you have more than one pet)

– How much are extra microchips/smart keys, and batteries for the smartkeys? How long do the batteries last (usually a year)?

– Are the collars/sensors/microchip collars water proof and durable?

 

7. Installing a Dog Door – How-To & Other Tips

The average door mounted or track mounted dog door takes around 20 minutes to install by yourself.

Different dog doors will be slightly different to install, and each installation varies in difficulty of installation, and price of installation. 

But, there are four main installation types

 

  • Install in a door track

Door track mounted dog doors are the easiest to install and least expensive as there are no holes to cut. You just fit the door to the track and screw/fasten it in.

 

  • Install in a regular door/storm door

Regular doors are somewhere in the middle – you get given a cutout template for your door, and then you install the dog door yourself.

All you generally need to install regular door mounted dog doors is a power cutting tool like a jigsaw, a drill and a screwdriver.

 

  • Install in a wall

Installing in walls and glass panels/windows can be expensive as you may need to call a carpenter or glazier in to complete the job if it’s not straightforward.

There may be cutting or brick, removal of glass and other specialised activities that a regular person might not have the expertise or tools for.

Get a quote before you buy the pet door so you get a better idea of overall cost.

 

  • Install in glass window

Refer above

 

Make sure not to void the warranty of any dog door or pet door that get’s installed around your house. Follow the installation instructions of the manufacturer carefully.

 

8. Train Your Dog To Use The Dog Door

Not all dogs are comfortable with using dog and pet doors straight away (or the associated sensor collars and microchip devices).

You may need to do some basic positive reinforcement and praise/treat training to encourage your dog to use the door.

 

Resources

1. www.petsafe.net/

2. https://plexidors.com/

3. http://www.idealpetproducts.com/welcome

 

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