Installing Your Pet Door – Easy as 1…2…3!

Dog Opening Door

In a perfect world, whenever your pet had to go to the bathroom, they would unlock the front door, open it and then close the door behind them. Unfortunately, we’ve yet to meet a dog who can do that and until we do, the best option for allowing your dog to enter and exit your house as they please is to install a pet door and teach them how to use it.

The simple fact is that as much as much as we have in common with our furry friends, they still have individual needs that must be met by us, the owners. Aside from food and bedding arrangements, helping your pet go to the bathroom is the most important responsibility you have as an owner. Making this process as easy for your dog or cat as well as yourself can require special arrangements. The Endura Flap™ pet door is a perfect way to make you and your pet happy.

The Endura Flap™ offers a range of features, which protects the climate and condition of your home. The door is magnetically sealed and offers a dual-pane design, which helps to insulate the appropriate temperatures in your home. It is safe and does not cause pinching, unlike most pet doors, which have a tendency to pinch pets’ skin and allow elements into the home. For more information on the Endura Flap™ pet door, check out our page here.

Having the correct size pet door is important. Once you decide on a model that’s right for you, use the information below to measure the ideal width and height for your cat or dog’s new pet door.

Measurement

Width

You’ll want to take a measurement of your pet before you begin installation on you pet door. This can be done using a yardstick or measuring tape. An easy way to do this would be to open your doorway just wide enough for your pet to come through (coax them inside by using food or some sort of treat). The minimum amount of space required for them to enter is all that you will need for the width your pet door.

Height

To get an accurate measurement of the height for your door, have your pet stand still, and from the floor, measure about two inches above your pet’s shoulders. This will be more than sufficient, as your pet will naturally duck his or head down when entering through the door you’ve built for them. A “rule of thumb” to keep in mind for this project is to avoid exceeding 1/3 height of your pet’s shoulders off the floor.

Here’s a DIY guide on how to install your pet door once you’ve received it. It only takes a few simple steps, and in no time, your pet will be going in and out of the newly installed door!

Installation

Location

Some factors to consider when selecting a location for your pet’s new passageway are:
-Accessibility for your pet
-Ease of installation
-How this addition will affect the aesthetics of your home.

An ideal location for your pet door would include an area that is covered (for sake of weather), that is enclosed by a fence, and that is near your pet’s living area.

Process

If possible, you’ll want to mark four corners for your pet door in an area that is between two studs, in order to avoid cutting through to a pipe or wire (the Endura Flap™ comes complete with a diagram to assist you in marking the perfect spot for setup!). A feeler gauge will come in handy during this step so that you know just how far back the other side of your wall is, and how deeply you will have to cut. Using a jigsaw, cut the section out of the wall, following from each marked corner. Now, just slide the door into space, and you’re all done. To fasten the door in place, use caulk around its edges.

Training

Initially, your pet will not recognize this peculiar contraption. Because of this, they might not use the door on their own. Stand on one side of the door with a treat, and have someone else gently nudge your pet through the door. After a few repetitions, your pet will understand the function of the door, and begin to use it with ease.

Life is much easier on you as an owner when you have a custom door installed for your pet’s convenience. With our DIY, step-by-step guide, you are sure to have just as much ease during the installation process as well.

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4 thoughts on “Installing Your Pet Door – Easy as 1…2…3!

  1. Baxter Abel

    I really like your tip to find a location for pet doors that are covered to protect from the weather. I also never thought to make sure pet doors are placed in an area that is between two studs in order to avoid cutting pipe or wire in the wall. I didn’t realize there are pet doors that go into walls, I assumed all pet doors are installed inside already existing doors! Thanks for the tips!

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  2. Cole Kuhnsman

    I need to get an EnduraFlap! It would eliminate the midnight bathroom breaks my dog loves to wake me up for.

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  3. Roger Middleton

    I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to make sure your pet will fit through the door properly and to try to keep the space to a minimum. My wife and I have been wanting to make it easier for our dog to go outside while we’re away from home. We’ll have to start measuring the size of door that we’ll need and then we’ll start looking for pet doors that will fit our dog!

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