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Dog Doors Intended for Kennel Use

Dog Doors Intended for Kennel Use

Kennel operators are generally looking for the most durable and dependable pet door and the dog kennel door options offer superior durability. 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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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 other versions that use a single flap design, like the Gun Dog Easy Door, 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 safer than the traditional rigid flap designs, is less noisy, and yet is exceptionally wind-resistant.

View our full list of pet doors for kennel use here.

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. Kennel dog dog doors tend to focus their features on durability and functionality while remaining more affordable for kennels that need to buy several dog doors at once.  

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 of door, they frequently have no method for locking.

Durability is prized in a kennel door and materials like plexiglas, aluminum, and polypropylene make far more durable, chew resistant doors.  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: What is the advantage of a kennel door?

A: The primary advantage of a kennel door is its durability. Rigid flaps made from Plexiglas, aluminum, and polypropylene last a lot longer and offer more resistance to chewing.

Q: What are the disadvantages?

A: One disadvantage of a kennel door is that it has rigid flaps, which could potentially injure your pets by pinching.  Also, kennel dog doors are known to be noisy when closing. This isn't a big deal in a kennel with dogs barking constantly, but can be unpleasant in a home setting. Lastly, kennel pet doors usually become very custom installs and therefore they lack a lot of additional hardware and installation information that door mounts typically come with. Make sure you are aware of what it takes to install this type of door before you purchase one.

Q: Do all kennel dog doors allow access in both directions?

A: Kennel dog doors with a flap offer access in both directions. On the other hand, the guillotine doors like the Gun Dog or Mason open or close manually based on your situational preference. You can leave a guillotine door open or close it up, but it cannot be pushed open by your pet.

Q: What is a guillotine door?

A: A “guillotine” dog door has a panel that slides up and down in the track of the dog door. This door needs to be manually opened and closed for the pet to get in and out, they cannot push the door open on their own. In a Kennel setting they may be installed over a hole in the inside wall. It might 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, as in the Mason Co doors. 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.

Q: When I purchase a Guillotine dog door from Petdoors does all the hardware supplies come with the door or does the hardware need to be purchased separately?

A: For theGun Dog you would have to purchase your own hardware.  However, with the Mason Co. They will include the hardware, such as the pulleys and cables.  There is also an option with the Mason doors to have a cable guard, which would prevent any unwanted chewing of the hardware.

Q: Why don't the kennel doggy doors come with tunnels and some don't even come with any hardware?

A: The kennel doggy doors are very "do it yourself" in that they usually become custom installs.  The hardware and materials that might be used will vary so what normally would be included with a wall unit or tunnel section might not fit your specific application. This way, you do not have to pay for things you won’t need!

Q: Which kennel dog door offers light and heavy hinges?

A: The Mason Company Pickwick Pet Door offers light and heavy hinges.

Q: I need a really sturdy door for my kennel, what would you recommend?

A:We would recommend the Endura Flap Kennel Door because it avoids the rigid flap issue. However, this flap is not chewproof. The Gun Dog Door is also a good kennel door option with a warranty against chewing.  Also, many times customers will get one of the guillotine styles to close it off since they don’t come with covers.  This way you have a flap to help seal the door opening up on one side.  If this is what you would like to do take a look at Mason Co or Gun Dog for details and sizing.

Endura Flap Kennel Door AwardMason CompanyGun Dog Guillotine Door

    Endura Flap Kennel Door             Mason Co                                        Gun Dog



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