3 Things To Know Before Purchasing A New Automatic Dog Door

Many pet owners find that they are busy with work, errand running, and spending so much time away from home.  You might find yourself in a comparable situation.  This can turn into a problem if you have a dog that you need to walk or even a cat that enjoys spending time outdoors.  In more recent years there has been an upgrade to the traditional pet door and now there are automatic dog doors. 

These doors are a practical as well as a safe way for you to let your pet in the home and out of the home without you being present. An automatic dog door will allow the pet to exit and enter the home only when they met certain circumstance.  Only pets that you set to allow in the home will be able to gain entry. 

dog with an electronic collar that opens a dog door
dog walking through a dog door

Pet Personality

Before you decide regarding the door it is important that you take into consideration the personality of your dog.  If you have a dog who prefers to chew on things, for example, you will need to be sure to get a door which will be bite-proof to help protect from damage.

If you have a pet that is known for playing tricks and escaping, you will need to keep this in mind.  An automatic door might not be the best in this circumstance unless you have a barrier that can contain your pet.  Dogs that are territorial are also known for aggressive tendencies and barking when allowed to roam freely and might become upset if another animal were passing.  Once you have considered your pet better you will know what steps you need to take, if any, for making sure your dog will be safe outdoors while you aren’t home.

dog using a dog door

Choosing the Door

Often you will not find a door that is made specifically for a cat or a dog, but the size and type of door needed will be a result of the size of the pet.  Doors that are small work for cats, but these doors are also meant to be used for dogs that are smaller breeds.  The doors that are larger than this are meant medium sized dogs, large dogs, and oversized dogs.

You will see that many automatic dog doors will fall between the size of five inches by eight inches and as large as thirteen 13 inches by 23 inches for larger breeds.  If you aren’t sure about the size that you need for your pet then there are ways that you can measure to obtain the right size, most manufacturers will have this listed.

dog standing in front of a door

Measuring Your Pet

If you want to go ahead and measure your pet to be sure you get the right sized door here is what you need to do.  Open the door allow your pet to walk through. You should take notice of how much space is needed and measure the width.  This is how wide the flap will need to be.  The top of the flap will need to be placed a minimum of an inch above the height of the dog where the shoulders are. 

The step-over, which is the distance between the flap's bottom to the ground, should at no point exceed a third of the height of the shoulders of your pet.  The lower the step is for your pet, the better. If you are the owner of a dog that has a chest that is deep, pay attention, you may need to adjust your automatic dog door placement accordingly

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