Pets are lovable and cute, and they complete families. However, these huggable bundles of joy come with their set of needs, and you need to take of them. One of these needs is a dog door. Walking your dog on scheduled times is fun but allowing your dog the freedom to get around makes a happier and healthier dog.

Installing a dog door is essential, but you need to do it right. Many homeowners miss out on small details that make the installation difficult than it should be. Therefore, get the installation right by finding out about everything you need to do before, during and after the installation.

Here is a list of five dog door guide tips to help during the installation process.

I. Type of dog door

The first thing you need to know is the type of entry you want to install. Yes, there are three options to select. The right choice depends on your living situation, the size of your dog and your taste as well.

Traditional flap dog door

These doors are smaller and don’t lock. It is advisable to use these if you have a lockable patio to keep off burglars. However, their size wouldn’t fit any person.

• Magnetic dog doors

You can get a dog door that’s operated by your dog’s collar which improves on security and efficiency.

Hard plastic dog doors

The hard plastic doors have a lock mechanism to help manage any safety concerns.

II. The size of the door

One major mistake made by most individuals is to install a dog door without considering the size of their dog. Remember that your dog is growing as well, therefore, if your dog will row big, account for that when you pick a dog door.

Measure your dog’s height, width and also account for the age and frequency of use. Now, if you have multiple dogs, don’t forget to measure them as well. Don’t get an exact measurements door since the dog will get stuck, instead, leave a two-inch wiggle room and make your entry a bit wider.

III. Door location

You can have multiple doors in your house but consider where you’ll install the door before you purchase it. You can have a dog door on your front door, back door, storm door, and garage door as well.

It's important to consider the location because your dogs could be indoor or outdoor dogs. Your dog needs a way to get back into the house without waiting for your help.

IV. Don’t assume that your dog will know what the door is

After installing the door, you need to train your dog how to use the door. The dog will not automatically know what the door is and how to use it. Therefore, factor in some training time into your schedule as you plan and install a dog door.

V. Consider your home security and costs

You’ll need to buy the door and also incur installation costs, therefore have that in your budget. Moreover, a dog door with no locking mechanism could be an entryway for burglars, therefore consider the safest dog door to get.

The safest will also come at a higher price than a regular door, and you should plan for that.


Dog doors are an excellent way to free your dog from the indoors. However, they could also be a headache for you if you don’t install them right and if they pose security risks. Therefore, consider everything before buying and installing a dog door.

(Last Updated On: February 9, 2022)

Alayna Mayer Ph.D. has accrued more than ten years of professional veterinary experience. She emphasizes homeopathic care in her practice, but she makes all options known to her patients’ humans so that they can make well-informed decisions about their pets’ health. Email: [email protected]

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