Ideal Designer Series "Ruff Weather" Dog Doors

SKU# 03RI22

  • Optimal balance between affordability and energy efficiency
  • Proves to be easy for pets of all sizes to use with clear, flexible flaps
  • Securely installs in doors ranging from 3/4" to 1 3/4" thick
  • Sliding security cover can be used on inside or outside frames

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Ideal Designer Series "Ruff Weather" Dog Doors
The Ideal "Ruff Weather" dog door features a vinyl dual flap design to maintain energy efficiency without busting budgets.

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  • Optimal balance between affordability and energy efficiency
  • Proves to be easy for pets of all sizes to use with clear, flexible flaps
  • Securely installs in doors ranging from 3/4" to 1 3/4" thick
  • Sliding security cover can be used on inside or outside frames
Flap SizeFlap DimensionRough Cut OutOutside Frame DimensionStock No
Mfr No
Small5" w x 9" h6 1/2" w x 11 1/4" h9 1/16" w x 13 3/8" h03RI18
Medium7 1/4" w x 13" h8 1/2" w x 15 1/4" h11 3/8" w x 17 1/2" h03RI19
Extra Large9 3/4" w x 17" h11 1/4"x 19 1/2" h13 15/16" w x 21 5/8" h03RI20
Super Large15" w x 23 1/2" h16 1/4"x 26" h19" w x 28 1/8" h03RI21

Don't know which size to get? Here is a measurement guide to help you out

Replacement Parts and Flaps for the Ruff Weather and Protector Series Pet Doors

Replacement Flaps Ideal "Ruff Weather" Replacement Flaps

Wall Kit Ideal "Ruff Weather" Wall Installation Kit

Pile Weather Strip Ideal "Ruff Weather" Pile Weather Strip

Gasket Kit Ideal "Ruff Weather" Gasket Kit

Ideal Ruff Weather Pet Door

One of the best options for energy efficiency on a budget, the Ideal Ruff Weather Pet Door has two clear vinyl flaps. The double flaps offer greater insulation than just one flap, and they are surrounded by fuzzy weather stripping to help prevent drafts!

Features of the Ideal Ruff Weather Pet Door

  • Two flaps, one on the interior and one on the exterior frame.
  • Fuzzy weather stripping along all sides of the flaps to limit drafts.
  • Four different sizes to fit pets of all sizes, and easy to use flap design helps small pets use the bigger sizes when sharing with larger siblings.
  • Can be installed in doors from ¾” to 1 ¾” thick.
  • Extra space is created to improve insulation, causing the frames to protrude on both sides of the door about 3”.
  • Solid magnetic strips at the bottoms of the flaps to help keep the flaps closed when not in use.
  • Included locking cover can be used on the inside or outside.
  • A special bundle including a wall kit is available to allow installation in a 2x4 or 2x6 stud wall.
  • 1 year warranty.

Perfect Time for an Ideal Ruff Weather Pet Door

  • When insulation is a concern while on a budget, the Ruff Weather is a great pet door to install.
  • If you have timid or small pets that might struggle with pushing open a heavier flap, the lightweight design of the clear vinyl flaps in the Ruff Weather are easier to learn.

Customer Reviews

Set Direction
Weight 8.0000
Manufacturer Ideal Pet Products
Your Maximum Pet Size Cats, Large Cats, Small Dogs, Medium Dogs, Large Dogs, X-Large Dogs
Climate Suitability Temperate-3 Season
Wind Resistance Average
Sealing Value Average
Self-Framing Yes
Frame Material Plastic
Insulation Value High
Flap Material Vinyl
Flap Design Double, One Part , Flexible, Thin Flap
Flap Colors Clear
Flap Thickness 1/8"
Replacement Flaps Available Yes
Ability to Lock Flap Separate Locking Cover-Loads from Top
Locking Cover Material ABS Plastic
Can Be Installed In Aluminum Door, Hollow Core Door, Metal Door, Solid Core Door, Steel Door
Adapter Available for Installation in Wall Yes
Warranty Period 1 year
Return Period 30 days
Manufacturer's Restocking Fee 0

The Ideal "Ruff Weather" Pet Door



Installing the Ideal "Ruff Weather" Pet Door

IDEAL "Ruff Weather" or "Protector Series"Dog Door

Detailed Installation Instructions

Graphics showing the installation of Ideal Ruff Weather and Ideal Protector Series Dog Doors

Tools Required for Installation

Hammer and Awl (or Nail) . Drill and 3/8" Drill Bit . Saber Saw . Phillips Screwdriver


    - The die-cut template is located in the center of pet door. Remove screws holding the frame together; lift out template. Center template (width) in middle of door; tape in place. Position the top of the template 2" taller than your pet's shoulder. Important: Under no circumstances should the bottom edge of the rough opening be less than 3" from the bottom edge of the wood door.

    - With template taped in place, use a pencil to draw around the inside edge of template onto door. Use a nail or awl to mark inside edge corner holes (as indicated) and outer hardware holes.

    - Drill four 3/8" diameter inside edge corner holes. Next: Drill the eight 3/8" diameter outer door hardware holes.

    - Begin with one of the inside edge corner holes. Next: Using a saber saw, cut along inside edge pencil line.

    - Insert outer frame (A) into opening from exterior side (frame must be flush with door surface). Place inner frame (B) into opening from inside door and hold in place. Install screws (C) and tighten until snug. Do not over-tighten.

    Slide cover into guide channels located on both sides of pet door opening. Lock inside slide (D) with Shurelock TM red tab located on door's upper left side.

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The Ideal Ruff Weather can be installed in all doors with thickness between 3/4" - 1 3/4". For glass doors, you may need a glazier to help you, since you can't cut dual pane or tempered units. If you have an overhanging garage door, the flap may warp over-time if it is left horizontal for too long. Also the since the frame does stick out further than most you want to make sure that you have enough clearance when the door is raised.

Although this door is designed to be installed on a flat surface, they can be installed on an irregular surface as long as the material is 3/4" - 1 3/4" thick. You can fill in the gaps with battens or shims from your local hardware store. Add caulk to fill in the remaining space to seal in the dog door.

Yes, here is the Ruff Weather for Walls, which accommodates 2x4 and 2x6 stud walls (4 3/4" - 5 1/4" or 6 3/4"-7 1/4").

This door does stay closed relatively well due to the double flaps. It is a great affordable option for those who live in a moderate to harsh climate. If the winds get too strong, it comes with a locking cover that can be used to close off the pet door.

The frame on the door is a pretty bulky plastic that sticks out about 2 1/2".

Yes it does come with a locking cover that you can slide over the pet door. It is made out of ABS plastic, and you can put it on the inside or the outside.

Yes, the flaps are light enough for smaller pets to use. You should get a size tall enough for your tallest pet to use while installing it low enough for your shortest pet to step over. Sometimes this means going from the Xl pet door to the Super Large model.

We recommend that you use this measurement guide to help you measure your pet.

You would not be able to remove or add magnets to the door. However for training you could tape down the magnet bar on the frame so that it did not attract to the bar on the flap, this would decrease the magnet strength.

The frame is an off white plastic, however it can be painted with the proper prepping and correct type of paint.

Yes they are totally clear.

Here are the Ideal Ruff Weather replacement flaps. They are sold individually so if you would like to replace both flaps, change the quantity to 2.

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One Year Warranty And Disclaimer

The new and revised warranty that follows this disclaimer supersedes any and all previous warranties of whatever nature or description, whether express, implied or set by law. Any unexpired warranties shall now be governed by the terms of the new warranty for the duration of the existing warranty’s unexpired term.
Ideal’s pet doors are very durable and with the proper care will provide many years of service for you and your pet. Thank you for selecting Ideal for your pet door. However, please be aware the pet doors are not waterproof against inclement weather or any excessive water exposure. The one year warranty set forth below applies to Ideal’s pet door(s). 
This product has a One Year Warranty from the date of the purchase of the product to be free of manufacturer’s defects in workmanship and materials. This express One Year Warranty is limited only to the original purchaser of the product and is non-transferable. Satisfactory proof of purchase must be provided to the manufacturer for this one year warranty to apply.  In that case, the manufacturer will replace at no charge to the purchaser the defective part(s). No refunds will be provided to the purchaser. No service contract is being provided under this One Year Warranty. Proof of purchase so that the One Year Warranty may be honored must be made to:
Ideal Pet Products, Inc.
24735 Avenue Rockefeller
Valencia, California, USA 91355
Attention: Warranty Department
(661) 294-2266 / 1-877-IDEALPET (433-2573)
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This One Year Warranty is void if damage is due to improper installation, intentional misuse or abuse, repairs by anyone other than the manufacturer, the failure to follow manufacturer’s instructions, or if the product is being used for commercial purposes. Purchaser assumes all risks and liabilities for the misuse or abuse of the product, the commercial use of the product or the failure to follow manufacturer’s instructions.
This One Year Warranty only applies if the product is used for domesticated animals. The Manufacturer, Ideal, is not responsible and shall not have any liability for any damage to or defects caused by acts of god, criminal activity, dog abuse including, but not limited to chewing on the door, lightening, abuse, alteration, trespassing, children’s use of the product, unauthorized access, entry by non-domesticated or “stray” animals, or any other unintended use or misuse of the product.
The Manufacturer, Ideal, disclaims and excludes any liability for incidental, consequential, punitive, general, special or other damages arising out of or connected with the purchase, use, or misuse of the product or concerning any warranty herein.
This One Year Warranty shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, USA. Venue shall be with the Los Angeles Superior Court, North Valley District.
This product, or any of its accessories, parts, or attachments may not prevent adults, children, animals, insects, or objects from passing through or using the opening created by the product.
Ideal Pet Products will not be liable for any unintended or accidental usage, misuse, abuse, criminal conduct, water intrusion, acts of god, damages or injuries occurring or accruing from the use of this product except in strict accordance with Ideal's One Year Warranty accompanying the sale of this product to the original purchaser.