What's the secret to a great pet door?

1. Perfect Fit For Your Pet2. Convenient Location3. Suits Your Climate
Measure Your PetEndura Flap Pet DoorPlexidor Pet Door

 


 

1. Perfect Fit For Your Pet

Selecting the correct flap size will ensure the pet door is comfortable for your pet for the rest of their life! You can best do this by reading the steps below to measure your pet. The flap should sit high enough for your tallest pet to comfortably walk through without crouching, and low enough for all your pets to comfortably step through. Keep in mind that as pets grow older, it can become more difficult to pick up their paws for a pet door that is installed higher off the ground! We go into more detail on this Measuring Your Pet guide. If your pet has potential to grow a lot, we recommend using the measurements of his or her parents as an estimate!  

Formula for flap height

Do not measure your pet directly for width!

1.  Open a door as wide as they need to comfortably walk through.

2.  Use a treat for motivation.

3.  Measure that width.

You need the flap to be at least that wide. It doesn't need to be wider. Realize that the top of the flap should be mounted at least one inch over the dog's height at the top of his/her shoulder (the withers). 

In no case should the "step-over" (the distance between the ground and the bottom of the flap) exceed 1/3 of the height at the withers - the lower the "step-over", the better.

Pay special attention if your dog has a particularly deep chest or is low slung and adjust accordingly.

 

Sizing height and stepoverMeasure the widthFlap height


 

2. Convenient Location

There are 5 popular areas in a home that many pet owners like to install their pet door. Finding the most convenient for you and for your pet will help get you the most out of your pet door! Installing a pet door through a 'people door' or through a wall is a great option, but also requires cutting a hole in your door or wall. If you are looking for an easier or less permanent installation, we have pet doors for sliding glass doors, screen doors, and windows as well. We even have pet doors for kennels! There are also certain pet doors that we recommend for storm doors specifically that you can read about here

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

 

 3. Suits Your Climate

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.

Known for their ability to insulate, these are built to last, making them both energy and cost efficient! We highly recommend the manual pet doors below for quality insulation. 

  
Endura Flap Pet DoorHale Pet DoorPlexidor Pet Door
Endura Flap™ HalePlexiDor

Why do we love it?

  • Durability
  • Flexible and Safe
  • Semi-Clear Flap
  • Greatl in extreme temperatures
  • Stands up to wind better than most pet doors
  • Environmentally friendly
  • 15 year warranty

Why do we love it?

  • Durability
  • Flexible and Safe
  • Crystal Clear Flap
  • Great in extreme temperatures
  • Easy for timid pets to use
  • Customizable options
  • 5 year limited warranty

Why do we love it?

  • Durability
  • Semi-Clear Flap
  • Great in extreme temperatures
  • Keyed lock (on Medium, Large & Extra Large)
  • Sophisticated look
  • 5 year limited warranty

See Endura Pet Doors for:

Doors
Walls
Sash Windows
Through Glass
Sliding Glass Doors
Custom Panels

See Hale Pet Doors for:

Walls
Sash Windows
Doors
Sliding Glass Doors
Screens
Custom: Door/Wall

See Plexidor Pet Doors for:

Doors
Walls

But If you are looking for a pet door for your home that is not so pricey, and you live in a more temperate climate where insulation is of mild concern, these might work best for you! 

 
PetSafe Extreme Weather FlapIdeal Ruff WeatherIdeal Draft Stopper
PetSafe Extreme WeatherIdeal Ruff WeatherIdeal Draftstopper

Why do we love it?

  • Triple Flaps for insulation
  • Flexible and Safe
  • Snap-on front closing cover
  • 1 year warranty

Why do we love it?

  • Double Flaps
  • Flexible and Safe
  • Easy for pets to use
  • Fuzzy weather stripping around edges
  • Clear Flap
  • Limited warranty

Why do we love it?

  • Side Magnets
  • Flexible and Safe
  • Clear Flap
  • Resists wind gusts up to 35 mph
  • Aluminum Frame
  • Limited Liftetime warranty

PetSafe Extreme Weather Pet Doors for:

Doors

Ideal Ruff Weather Pet Doors for:

Doors
Walls

Ideal Draftstopper Pet Doors for:

 Doors