pet owners at one time or another have contemplated the idea of
purchasing and installing a pet door for their canine companions.
There are many good reasons for getting your pet a pet door.
Think of no more barking to be let out, no more scratched doors
or walls, no more having to take your pet out or walk him in bad
weather, and no more accidents in the house to clean up.
A pet door can provide an emergency escape for your pet from dangers
both inside and out, which is especially comforting if you are
absent and unable to let him in or out yourself. Pet doors are
quite safe for your pet to use, and most doors today are very
secure, with many allowing four-way locking options, and some
even featuring magnetic or electronic key control.
If your pet must remain alone at home while you’re at work for
a long day, it can be very uncomfortable for him to have to “hold
it.” A pet door allows your animal to take care of business whenever
necessary. With a pet door he won’t have to. Add to that the fact
that access to the outside will allow him to get more exercise
than if he is confined indoors, enabling him to stay fit and trim.
The outdoors can also help to provide mental stimulation for your
pet, helping him to stay more alert. Furthermore, many pets left
alone become bored, and boredom can result in problem behaviors.
Having a pet door can go a long way to preventing this from occurring.
Your pet will be able to let himself out to check on unusual noises
or chase away a prowler.
Privacy. Indoor pet doors can make it possible for your pet
to come and go from rooms within your home without having to open
doors, something that could be useful if you have company or other
reasons you may want to control indoor access to any part of your
your reason for getting a pet door, making the decision is the easiest
part. After that, you must decide where you’re going to put in a
door or multiple doors, what kind of door to get, make the purchase,
install the door, and finally train your pet to use it.
is quite a large variety of doors from which to choose from, so
it’s best to familiarize yourself first with the many kinds of doors
available in order to choose the best door for your and your pet’s
range from simple flaps you can install yourself, at prices starting
under twenty dollars, to fully automatic electronic doors costing
hundreds of dollars and requiring professional installation, with
just about every possible configuration and price in between.
doors can be classified in different ways, but perhaps the best
way to start is to decide on the type of installation you want.
Factors to keep in mind are: whether or not your door will be used
for indoor only access, or for both indoor/outdoor; how much security
you need/want from other animals, both your own and wild or stray;
whether you need to keep one or more pets inside while allowing
another to come and go at will; and whether you need a temporary
(if you’re renting, for example) or a more permanent installation.
They can be installed in a wall, a door, sliding glass doors, metal
doors, aluminum panels, and just about anywhere you want.