Installing a small door for your pet seems like the perfect idea: you don’t have to rush home from work to let them out and they can come and go as they please. Doggie Doors can also deter against scratching, biting, and other stress-related behaviors while you are gone.

While it may seem like the ultimate addition to your fur-friendly home, take these five things into consideration before purchasing and installing a doggie door.

5 Things To Know Before Buying A Doggie Door

1. Intruders May Break In

Since manual doggie doors use magnets to stay closed, it might be easy for an intruder to enter your home, particularly if you have a larger dog. Do not think that the presence of a large dog will discourage thieves.

There have also been instances where neighborhood children knew that there was a pet door present and when the home owner left, snuck in the house and stole possessions. Get the smallest door possible for your pet and invest in a deadbolt, if need be. If you have sliding glass patio doors, use dowels at the base.

2. You May Get Unwanted Visitors

Imagine waking up one morning to find a critter rifling through your trash. Furry intruders like neighborhood cats, raccoons, and possums may be tempted to enter your home, especially if they smell food. A few years ago, a 6-foot-long alligator entered a family’s home in Palmetto, Florida through their dog door.

 

Many people who have installed pet doors complain about a constant draft entering their home during the winter. This can be solved by getting an additional cover that you can lock when the door isn’t in use.

3. You Must Train Your Dog To Use the Door

You must train your dog to properly use the doggie door. Don’t assume that they’ll automatically know to use the door when they must relieve themself. Start by pinning the flap up and allowing them to exit freely.
You might have to do some poking and prodding with the flap to coax them back into the house once they’ve gotten out. After they’ve learned that they can come and go, release the flap and reward them when they come back inside.

4. They Might Be Hazardous for Children

If you have small children, consider waiting to purchase a doggie door. They can easily squeeze in and out of the door if they’re curious enough. More than a hundred children have died or have been injured in the past decade after leaving the house through a pet door.

5. You Have Options

There is a multitude of options for doggie doors. As I mentioned before, electronic doors will only open when your pup is near the door, using infrared locks. You can apply this concept to traditional magnetic pet doors by putting a matching electromagnetic mechanism that will unlatch the door panel when the magnet is in range.

 

 

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