Every other Australian house now has a pet; a dog, cat, or other types. Families do have an emotional attachment towards the pets, which are always there at home and offer a real feeling of companionship to the inmates. There are a lot of functional and emotional benefits of owning a pet, but it comes with a few responsibilities too. Any kind of pets do have a set of personal needs including food, exercise, grooming etc., for which they need unrelenting support of their owners.
When it comes to fulfilling their needs, it is a fact that many homeowners find it difficult to walk behind the pets to open the door for them for accessing the yard or to go for food. Waking up while watching your favorite chat show or early morning on a weekend day to let them out may not be that enjoyable. The ideal solution is to install a small pet door, which once trained, the pets can use by their own and enjoy free access to in and outside the house.
Further we will discuss a few right and wrong things about pet doors you must know while heading to buy a pet door.
- Research for options
The first right move for anyone who is planning to buy a pet door is to do some research and find out the most beneficial options for your purpose. It is worth reading some professional reviews available online by the experts as well as other users of pet doors. The consumer forums and bulletin boards online are ideal places to get feedback. It is also a wonderful idea to get the recommendations of your veterinarians.
- There is no one size fit to all
A wrong assumption many people have is that they can randomly purchase any pet door to fit to the needs of their dogs or cats. This is foolishness. You have to evaluate various factors to determine the individual needs of your category of pet, breed, size, characteristics, place of installation etc. to choose an adequate model.
- Consider dog door operation
The conventional type of dog door is the one, which is mounted to the wall or door, which has a flap to be pulled by the pet to enter or exit. These doors are so affordable; however, you cannot control when the pets can come in and out. Adding to it, along with your own pet dogs, other external intruders can also come in through this flap door. The automatic doors, on the other hand, can be custom set by the owners to allow access to only specific ones and can also set the timings when the door cannot be opened.
- Don’t assume that your dog can use is it by default
Most of the pets may pick up the operation pet doors easily, but some specific ones may require a couple of days to weeks of training to get used to it. As a caring pet owner, you have to be patient to get them accustomed to use it well. You can also take the assistance of a local dog trainer to run a desensitization program also if you find your pet so reluctant to use the door.