What's the secret to a great pet door?

Not sure if you need a pet door or not? Here are 10 telltale signs that it's time to get one for your furry friend.

Getting these 3 things right will make your pet door great:

Perfect fit for your pet

Convenient Location

Suits your climate

Correct size pet door is important

Selecting the Right Size

Figuring out the right size for your pet will play a big part in determining if your pet will use the pet door for the years to come. Getting a size too small can be uncomfortable, and your pet might refuse to use it. Getting one too large might be intimidating. You'll also have to mount the pet door at the appropriate height! Your pet door needs to meet these standards:

1. Tall enough so your pet does not need to crouch

2. Low enough that your pet does not have to jump

3. Wide enough that your pet does not have to squeeze

To watch a video and read more, visit our measuring guide.

Convenient Location for your Pet Door

Choosing the Best Spot

You can install a pet door just about anywhere. Choose a location that works best for both your home and your pet! Make sure you have a safe enclosure for your pet, and that the pet door will be easy access to that area. You may need to add steps to make sure they can get in and out comfortably. Another thing to consider is that your pet will be coming inside on their own, and might bring in some dirt! So you might not want to install your pet door over white carpet, or you may want to limit house access around the pet door. Check out the different location options for pet doors:

Endura Flap Pet DoorPet door for wallPlexidor Pet DoorPlexidor Pet DoorPlexidor Pet Door
People DoorsWallsSliding Glass DoorsWindowsScreens

Pet doors made for all climates

Consider the Weather

If you have a harsh climate, with anything like snow, extreme heat, or gusty winds you might be skeptical about installing a pet door in your home. No one wants all that getting inside! A solution for these situations would be a pet door that seals tightly and insulates well. Electronic pet doors are usually successful at this, but they do have moving parts that are prone to breaking which can leave your pet stranded inside or outside. Not to mention the collar keys that are easy to lose, and batteries that need replacing! The best insulating and highest quality pet doors you will find are the Endura Flap, the Hale, and the Plexidor. But if you're looking for a lower price tag and live in a temperate climate, we would also recommend the PetSafe Extreme Weather, Ideal Ruff Weather, and Ideal Draft Stopper. Read more of our pet door recommendations here.