10 Best Smart Dog Doors That You and Your Dog Will Love
We all want the latest gadgets for our home. But have you ever considered checking out the latest innovations in pet door technology—the smart dog door? These doors come with a lot of great features to improve the lives of you and your pet, which is why we’re breaking down what they are and which are the best smart dog doors. Check out the rest of this post to see what are the recommended smart dog doors for you.
What is a Smart Dog Door?
Generally speaking, a smart dog door is a pet flap that has electronics and other technologies incorporated into it. Often, they are used for locking the pet door or controlling which pet can use the door. They often have locking technologies that make them great for keeping your children and pets safe.
These doors often require some kind of key in order to detect when your pet is approaching the door. The Petsafe electronic pet door uses an RFID key that attaches to your pet’s collar. Meanwhile, the innovative Sureflap microchip pet door can detect when your cat’s microchip for a collar-less experience.
Do you need a smart pet door?
While it’s always cool to have the latest technology, smart dog doors can be expensive. So it’s best to only get a smart dog door if one of these problems apply to you:
- You want your pets to have outdoor access during the day but not at night
- You have a pet who is allowed to go outside and another pet who has to stay inside
- You need to prevent raccoons and other critters from getting into your home
- You want to control when your pets can go outside but are often away from the house
Best Smart Dog Doors
Best Overall- Sureflap Dual Scan Cat Flap
The Sureflap Dual Scan Cat Flap is the perfect solution to many cat owners’ pet door needs. Like all Sureflap products, its microchip-sensing technology means that your cat won’t have to use a collar, but this cat door has extra sensors that control entry and exit on both sides of the pet door. It’s perfect for anyone with multiple pets or for anyone dealing with a critter problem.
For Cats- Cat Mate 254 Electronic Cat Door
The Cat Mate 254 Electronic Cat Door is the perfect simple cat door for every cat lover. Featuring a four-way locking system, this door allows you to control whether your cat can go in and out, only go out, only go back in, or locked out completely. It’s battery-operated as well, which means there won’t be any wires for your cat to chew on.
For Large Dogs- High Tech Power Pet Automatic Patio Pet Door
There aren’t many smart pet doors out there for dogs, nonetheless large dogs. But for those with a big dog in the family, the High Tech Power Pet Automatic Patio Pet Door is a great option. The water-resistant, ultrasonic MS-4 collar key attaches to your dog’s collar, allowing them to go in and out as they please. The movable door is lightweight and has a safety feature to prevent it from lowering onto your dog.
For Sliding Glass Doors- Thermo Panel 2e with SureFlap Microchip Pet Door for Sliding Glass Doors
For those who don’t want to install a permanent smart pet door solution, the Thermo Panel 2e with SureFlap Microchip Pet Door for Sliding Glass Doors is the perfect solution. It has all the benefits of a Sureflap Microchip pet door while being an easy-to-install door insert. It also comes in three height adjustment sizes to fit almost every doorway.
For Wall- SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect for Walls
The SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect for Walls combines the benefits of the Sureflap Microchip Pet Door Connect with a built-in tunnel that can fit walls 1”-8” thick. This door with the Sureflap Hub, which allows you to control the door away from home from your phone, computer, or tablet.
For Window- Thermo Sash 2e with SureFlap Microchip Pet Door
The Thermo Sash 2e with SureFlap Microchip Pet Door combines all the benefits of the Sureflap Microchip Pet Door with the insulation value of the Thermo Sash 2e series. Not only does this easily install into your sash window frame, but it will keep cold drafts out and your AC in.
For Multiple Pets- Cat Mate "Elite" 305 Super Selective Electronic Cat Doors
The Cat Mate "Elite" 305 Super Selective Electronic Cat Doors is a great cat door for multi-cat families. Not only does it feature a timer to control how long the door remains opened or closed, but you can customize access settings for up to 9 cats. This means that you can keep the younger, indoor kittens inside while your outdoor cat can roam to their heart’s content.
App-controlled Smart Dog Door- SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect for Doors
The SureFlap Microchip Pet Door Connect for Doors is one of the few smart dog doors out there that allows you to control the door remotely from an app. You need the Sureflap Hub in order to connect your smart door to the interest, but once it is, you can monitor how often your cats are going outside and adjust the door settings even while on vacation.
Budget Smart Dog Door- Petsafe Electronic Smart Door
The Petsafe Electronic Smart Door is a great low-cost solution for anyone looking for an electronic smart dog door with plenty of options. Even though it’s the most understated-looking door so far, it allows you to program up to 5 different pets, making it great for multi-pet homes. It can be converted to an in-wall pet door with the Petsafe self-framing wall kit.
FAQs for Smart Dog Doors
Can the smart door connect to Alexa or other virtual assistants?
So far, we don’t carry any smart doors that can connect with Alexa or Google home. There seems to be a few options on the market that are either on back order or still in development. However, the Sureflap Connect Hub has an app that still allows you to control and monitor your door.
Can I monitor when my dog moves in or out the smart dog door?
It depends on the smart door. The Sureflap Connect has the ability to do so, but it only runs in sizes big enough for cats. Options are still very limited for dogs.
Can I lock or unlock the smart dog door remotely?
Most smart doors require you to change the settings from the controls on the door, but the Sureflap Connect and Hub allow you to change your door’s settings remotely.
Can I use an app or wifi to control the smart dog door?
While there are a few doors out there that can connect to wifi, our favorite is the Sureflap Connect and Hub. Its app is easy to use and is available for your phone, tablet, and computer.