Dog doors solve the problem of having to be on duty as a doggie doorman at all hours of the day and night. Styles range from a simple hanging screen with a weighted hem to a motorized, installed door that locks automatically and opens with an electronic “key.” They come in sizes to fit all dogs, and can be installed in any material except tempered glass.
Some Factors to Consider When Choosing Dog Doors
Obviously, the first decisions you’ll need to make are where to place the door and what size is needed. Once those basic questions have been answered, you should consider such factors as how well the door seals against inclement weather, what level of security is needed and noise of operation. And before you can answer that questions, you need to decide between rigid or flexible vinyl flaps.
Dog doors with rigid flaps can be easily locked. Most have a 4-way locking system: in only, out only, open or locked. Doors with flexible flaps, however, will need a separate plate to cover the opening. This is all right when you are going away on vacation, for example, but very inconvenient for daily use. Also, be certain that the frame is attached to the wall or door in such a way that it cannot be removed from the outside.
Electronic dog doors make certain that you will not be visited by any unwanted guests. These doors remain locked at all times, and are opened only by a small electronic key that your dog wears on his collar. This is also helpful when you want one dog to be able to go in and out at will, but another may be elderly or ill and should be kept in. Only the dog with the electronic key will be able to operate the door.