Dog Doors – What You Must Know

Many dog owners love the idea of having a dog door, which will free them up from having to open the door to let the dog out every time he wants to head into the backyard.

But many dog owners are understandably cautious when it comes to the idea of a dog door and have questions like these:

Just how expensive is a dog door? 

Do I really have to put a hole in my door or wall to get this thing installed?

What about bad weather? 

Do these doors leak when it rains and what about in the winter? 

Will installing a dog door compromise the security of my house? Will other animals be able to get into my house, like a coyote or a stray cat or a raccoon?

The cheapest option is a frame with a simple flap. These can be had for as little as about ten dollars. The downside is that yes, you have to put a hole in your door or wall and yes, an animal could force it’s way into your home. As these are uninsulated, they are not suitable for states that get very hot or cold weather.

For that, you’ll need to get a door that is made of upgraded, energy efficient materials which will keep cold air out in the winter and hot air out in the summer.

If you are worried about another animal making its way through your dog door and into your house, you’ll want to consider a dog door that is activated by a microchip on your dog’s collar, ensuring that only your dog has access. These only work if the power is on, so you’ll probably want a battery operated one.

There is also a panel that can be installed at the side of an existing sliding glass door, which eliminates the need to put a hole in your wall. These come in manual and electronic versions. 

The most expensive dog door models are ones that are sliding or French doors that have the dog door built right into the design. 

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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