It can be annoying to keep letting your dog in and out your door. What you can do, instead of getting always annoyed, is to look into doggy doors, and check which model suits your home, and your pet. Here’s a short guide to help you make an informed decision when shopping for dog doors.
Choose the doggy door for the kind of door (or wall) you have. It doesn’t have to be fitted to your front door. There are dog owners who prefer their pet doors placed on one of their walls, or on their backdoor (and away from potential scouting thieves). A backdoor set up is a good move, since potential burglars and inquisitive animals will not see your dog coming and in out. Be sure to ask pet shop supply stores about these set ups, in case you want a pet door that’s not the type regularly bought.
Mind the pet door’s height. Some dog owners have more than one dog, or have a small dog and expect bigger dogs (not owned by the owner) to try and get inside – you want a particular sized door. This is possible with some pet door models with height adjustments possible during the installation phase. There are also models for small dogs and those for extra large dogs. Just remember to visualize your dog going through that pet door. If you own a small dog, you don’t want a door that fits a German Shepherd.
Keep burglars, other animals, little kids from entering your home. That’s where automatic dog doors come into the picture – these are doors with their open and close actions activated by the proximity of the special collar your dog wears. Animals not wearing the special collar cannot trigger the door’s opening or closing. Some dog owners have many dogs, so all of them will have to get special collars as well; there are automatic dog door models that offer those. Also, having a battery-powered collar also means you have to monitor when the battery runs out. When the collar is not working owing to dead batteries, your dog won’t be able to get in or out.
How to keep the heat (or cool air) inside. When you want to maintain some degree of heat or cold inside your house or room, a pet door can compromise that. The solution to that is a pet door that keeps heat loss at a minimum – one with extra flaps and a tunnel room. The room acts as an insulator. The dogs goes through one flap, that flap closes, then the dog goes through the other flap which also closes behind it. This extra room serves as a pocket of air that reduces heat loss.