More than half of the Australian households own dogs or other types of pets. Pet ownership ensures health benefits and emotional support to human beings, but comes with a little responsibility too. Caring for them and ensuring their comfort is your responsibility if you have a pet at home.
As with humans, the pets also come with their own personalized set of needs as food, play, grooming, and exercise to name a few. Considering these, many pet owners wish to simplify their living by installing pet doors. This helps to decrease the frequency of you getting up from your tasks to play the doorman’s role for your pets. More importantly, it also helps to offer your four-legged companion ultimate freedom to move around as they wish.
There are various types of dog doors in the market to choose based on the size and variety of your pets. These can be installed to merely any place including wood, walls, steel, glass window, brick, or a sliding etc. Apart from the conventional plastic flap models, there are many varieties including automatic electronic dog doors in the market lately. However, when you are considering to purchase and install a pet door, there are a couple do’s and don’ts to consider which we will discuss further.
Do’s and don’ts with pet doors
- Do #1: Research options
It is worth going through the user reviews and feedback before purchasing a dog door. As there are abundance of choices, it is easy to make a mistake, which can be fatal to yourself and your pets. Once identifying a proper generic model to match to your pet’s need, consider different providers and compare all products to find the best one for you.
- Don’t #1: Assume one size fits to all
You have to evaluate several factors to determine the need. Don’t buy a pet door simply because your neighbour bought the same. Consider your pets variety, size, its capabilities to use a pet doors, place where you are planning to fix it etc. to get some directives.
- Do #2: Evaluate
Depending on the location to fix the door and the pet you own, the material used for dog doors may vary. For the breeds which like to chew, it is important to choose a bite-proof door. Another consideration while evaluating is energy efficiency of the doors, in which the newer models are far better than the conventional flap doors.
- Don’t #2: Disregard the price and cost for installation
A manual dog door is the cheapest option; however, if you want to enjoy optimum energy efficiency and security, electronic dog doors are ideal. The high-end models may be priced a little extra, but are worth the cost on a long run. You also need to consider the cost involved in installation of the dog doors, which sometimes may be a DIY job, but it is ideal to take the assistance of an expert to avoid any cluttering.
You also need to consider some do’s and don’t s related to the door operation as well as training your dogs to use doors, which we will discuss in detail in other articles of this series.