Dog doors simplify life for man’s best friend. Installing a pet door in your home makes it easier for your dog to come inside or go outdoors. They don’t require your assistance to go out, so there is less barking and scratching at inconvenient times of the day or night.
There is much more to doggie doors than the traditional plastic flap in the back door. These ten facts about dog doors offer surprising revelations on this staple of pet ownership:
- Famous scientist Sir Isaac Newton is credited as the inventor of the first pet door. It was actually designed with his cat in mind. Newton referred to his creation as a “cat flap”.
- A common fear for pet owners is that burglars will break into a home by crawling through pet doors. Many pet doors are now designed with security features to prevent such a scenario from occurring. Pet door security is extremely important to pet door manufacturers; they understand the concerns homeowners have and take them into serious consideration when making doors. Just about every larger pet door will include its own locking mechanism so you can rest easy.
- When your dog is getting trained to their doggie door for the first time, they are more likely to use the door when they see you poke your head through it first!
- An electronic dog door opens or unlocks when it detects a magnetic sensor in your dog’s collar. This feature restricts all other stray animals from entering your house. There are also microchip versions, where the flap will unlock for programmed chips.
- Electronic kitty and dog doors generally create a tighter seal against weather than a traditional dog door flap when not in use. It helps lower both your heating and air conditioning bills.
- Glass dog doors can be installed in sliding patio doors. Different types include single pane glass panel, dual pane glass panel, and the special purpose panels.
- Direct sunlight can cause plastic dog doors to warp and fade over time. For that reason, it is best to install the plastic flap on a side of the house shaded from the sun.
- Most patio dog doors feature a simple pin lock that you can use to connect your sliding patio door to the pet door.
- The majority of pet owners will choose to cut a hole in a wall rather than a door to install their doggy doors. Wall mounts are great because you can remove the pet door and patch up the wall like it was never there! Door installations stop you from reusing that pet door. Wall mounts also give you the flexibility of more locations in the house to choose from.
- Rounded edges help your dog fit through pet doors easier. Square edges can lead to some bigger dogs getting stuck on the corners.
At Pet Doors we can help you find the ideal pet products to make your pet happier. Purchase a pet door that fits your home and pet perfectly!
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