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Dog Doors for Kennel Use

Dog Doors Intended for Kennel Use

Kennel operators are generally looking for the most durable and dependable pet door. So doggie doors included in this section tend to focus more on durability than they do on aesthetics. However, we sell a lot of these dog doors to homeowners as well who find that these doors fit their particular needs. You can put them in a back door use your dog door for walls and get their special benefits.

For information to help in choosing the size, please refer to 'Measure Your Pet'.

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Guillotine-type dog doors may be used alone to allow remote opening and closing of a dog run. Or they may be combined with a dog door to provide weather-tightness also. We recommend staying with one brand when combining these two types.

Some cautions for home use:

1.  Kennel doors tend to be very noisy in use because of the common two-piece flap design. This may not matter in a noisy kennel but may not be ok for your bedroom.

2. There are quiet versions that use a single flap design. These, however, are the most suseptible to wind. One exception to this type is the Endura Flap™ dog door for kennels. It has a flexible flap that is safe and reasonably quiet and yet is exceptionally wind-resistant.


View our full list of pet doors for kennel use here.

Q - In what ways are kennel dog doors different from other dog doors?

A - Well, in a sense they're not. All dog and cat doors are intended to allow pet access whether it's into a house or into a kennel. There are, however, some ways in which they're usually a bit different.

  • A kennel dog door is generally not "self-framing" for a door or wall. Nor is it likely to include a trim frame to finish off the opposiate side of a door or wall. Most pet doors designed for the home will be "self-framing" if intended for a door or wall and, even if not "self-framing", will include a trim frame for looks.
  • Because kennel doors are often used in conjuction with a "guillotine" (unfortunate but commonly used name) type dog door, they frequently have no method for locking.
  • Ok. FYI a "guillotine" dog door is a panel that slides in a track over a hole in the inside wall of a kennel. It will include some wire or rope, some pulleys and a handle all of which enables the user to open and close the panel over the hole without having to enter the dog run. Thus the dogs can be locked out for cleaning the run or in during the night. Even though a guillotine door is used, a dog door mounted on the opposite side to the guillotine door is still a good idea as it will better conserve heat in the winter and cooling in the summer particularly when the guillotine door is open.
  • Durability is prized in a kennel door and, since materials like plexiglas, aluminum and polypropyline make far more durable flaps than vinyl, the material most often found in a residential pet door flap, the flaps and frames are often made of those materials and are, therefore rigid. An exception to this rule is the Endura Flap kennel door which is flexible for safety.
  • A consequence of the rigid construction and particular design of some kennel doors is that they are very noisy when closing. This may not matter in a kennel full of barking dorgs but is frequently not acceptable for home use.


Q - I’m a homeowner looking for at your kennel doors. Does this door have any many advantages over other pet doors available?

A - The primary advantage of owning a kennel door is the durability is since it’s comprised of materials such as plexiglas, aluminum and polypropylene make far more durable flaps than vinyl, the material most often found in a residential pet door flap. The flaps and frames are often made of those materials and are, therefore rigid. An exception to this rule is the Endura Flap kennel door which is flexible for safety but lacks the chew resistance that other kennel doors offer.

Q - What are the disadvantages of owning a kennel door?

A - Most kennel doors are rigid and a consequence of the rigid construction and particular design of some kennel doors is that they are very noisy when closing. This may not matter in a kennel setting which are full of barking dogs, but isn’t usually acceptable for home use. Additionally, kennel installation can vary dramatically. Since they frequently become very custom installs, many kennel doors do not provide additional hardware and installation information since they tend to be some custom installs. This can be fine for a kennel, but if you are installing one in your home, make sure you fully understand what is needed to install it and what is included with the kennel door.

Q: Can I use the Gun Dog doors for just a regular house installation?

A: Kennel dog doors are usually rigid because the flaps must be durable enough to withstand constant wear and tear. This durability has not been seen in flaps made out of vinyl, but it does make them very noisy so installation in a home might not be advisable.

Q: What is the advantage of a kennel door?

A: The primary advantage of a kennel door is its durability. Rigid flaps made from Plexiglas, aluminum, and polypropylene last a lot longer and offer more resistance to chewing.

Q: What are the disadvantages?

A: One disadvantage of a kennel door is that it has rigid flaps, which could potentially injure your pets by pinching.  Also, kennel dog doors are known to be noisy when closing. This isn't a big deal in a kennel with dogs barking constantly, but can be unpleasant in a home setting. Lastly, kennel pet doors usually become very custom installs and therefore they lack a lot of additional hardware and installation information that door mounts typically come with. Make sure you are aware of what it takes to install this type of door before you purchase one.

Q: Do all kennel dog doors allow access in both directions?

A: Kennel dog doors with a flap offer access in both directions. On the other hand, the guillotine doors like the Gun Dog or Mason open or close with user preference. You can leave a guillotine door open or close it up, but it cannot be pushed open by your pet.

Q: Why would you want to use the Endura Flap for a kennel?  Why would you not want it?

A: Endura Flap could be preferable because the flexible flap is a safer option as opposed to the rigid flaps which can potentially pinch your pet. The flexibility allows the flap to be slightly more quiet than some of the rigid flaps, as well. However, the Endura Flap is not as chew resistant as a rigid flap, which can be a problem in a kennel.

Q: What is different about the Endura Flap Kennel Dog Door from the regular Endura Door Mounts?

A: Since kennel installation does not require the external trim frame, installation hardware, template, weather stripping, decorative hole plugs to hide screw heads and the locking cover assembly, these items are excluded from the Endura Kennel Dog Doors.  If you are installing this in a home on a people door we suggest going with the regular door mount.

Q: Does the Endura Flap Kennel Dog Door really come with two pet doors?

A: Yes, the Endura Flap Kennel Dog Doors come in cases of two pet doors, so you get two of the flap frames.

Q: What are the differences between the Gun Dog doors?

A: The Gun Dog Easy Dog Door is lighter than the others because the hinges aren't spring loaded and there are no magnets to assist with closure; this makes it easier for smaller dogs and maybe cats to use the door.

The Gun Dog Heavy Duty dog door has a rigid door that includes a warranty covering chewing damages. This is the original door that was created by Gun Dog to address all the issues the owner of the company ran into while operating his kennel for large lab retriever dogs.

The Gun Dog Big Dog Door is the same as the heavy duty door, but it just offers a larger flap size of 15" x 23".

Q: Do the Gun Dog doors come with locking covers?

A: No, the Gun Dog Doors do not come with locking covers. However, you can purchase a closing cover and you can lock this cover by drilling a 1/'2" hole through the cover and wall on the inside and inserting a short dowel.  Or you can purchase one of the guillotine doors and mount that on the side opposite the door as a closing cover.

Q: What is a guillotine door?

A: A guillotine dog door is a panel that slides in a track over a hole in the inside wall of a kennel.  For the Gun Dog you would have to purchase your own hardware.  However, with the Mason Co. they will include the hardware, such as the pulleys and cables.

Q: Why don't the kennel doggy doors come with tunnels and others don't come with any hardware?

A: The kennel doggy doors are very "do it yourself" in that they usually become custom installs.  The hardware and materials that might be used will vary so what normally would be included with a wall unit or tunnel section might not fit your specific application. This way, you do not have to pay for things you won’t be needing!

Q: Do you offer discounts on multiple kennel dog doors?

A: Yes, the Endura Flap Kennel Dog Door offers a 5% discount if you purchase 5+ cases or a 10% discount if you purchase 20+ cases.

Q: On the Mason Guillotine Doors what does it mean by W/Guard or No Guard?

A: The 'with guard' door includes an interior cable guard at an extra cost. This is a 0.100" aluminum panel that protects the cable from chewing.

Q: Why is the warranty on the Endura Kennel doors different?

A:  Endura Kennel Doors have a different warranty than other Endura products because there is more traffic in kennels; thus more wear and tear on the flap. The warranty for Endura Kennel Doors is 3 years.

Q: Which kennel dog door offers light and heavy hinges?

A: The Mason Company Pickwick Pet Door offers light and heavy hinges.

Q: What is the Pickwick Pet Door made of?

A: The outside frame is 5/16" thick solid cast aluminum and the inside swinging door is 1/4" thick polycarbonate.

Q: What do I get with the Gun Dog Guillotine doors?

A: The Gun Dog Guillotine Doors come with two aluminum slides for the sides of the wall opening and the panel that slides between the sides to cover the wall. However, the pet doors DO NOT include any of the hardware needed for remote setup, such as rope or wire, pulleys or a handle.

Q: My Magnador Kennel Door keeps blowing open, what can I do?

A: The Magnador now comes in a “heavy magnet" version for both the medium and large sizes that will protect the door from blowing open in the wind.

Q: How do I replace the flap in a Magnador?

A: 1.) Remove pet door from door (or wall).

2.) Use side cutters to cut away top portion of one side. (Cut 2" in and 2" down. On Mag II door make the cuts 3".)

3.) Slide flap out to one side and remove hinge pins (by tapping outwards with hammer), carefully so as not to bend them.

4.) Lay new flap into frame lining up hinge pin holes on flap with frame and tap hinge pins back in.

5.) Remount pet door


Q: What can I do if my dogs are chewing my Endura door flaps?

A: You can mix some cayenne pepper with Vaseline and smear this mixture on the edge of the flap. It is also best not to replace the flap until after your dog has stopped the chewing behavior.

Q: Why is the installation different with the Endura Kennel doors as opposed to the normal door and wall units?

A: The Endura Kennel dog doors are meant to be installed in either a solid core wood door or in a wall that has been framed out. If you wish to install the Endura Flap Kennel door in a hollow core door, you'll need to frame out the hollow core door first. Alternatively, you can use a regular Endura Flap pet door for doors which is self framing though more expensive.

Q: What makes the Carlson Defender Kennel Door a good choice for kennels?

A: The Carlson Defender Kennel dog door is the most heavily insulated pet door available and has uncrackable aluminum flaps. The flap also has a radius on all corners to prevent any snagging and also uses a thicker flap design to prevent animals from getting caught or stuck in the pet door.


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