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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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 opposite 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 conjunction 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 plexiglass, 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.
- 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 dogs 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.
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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 susceptible 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.