Even if you are ready to play the role of a doorman for your pet dog or cat, the fact that you might not be always available at home puts a question mark on your good intentions of allowing adequate freedom of movement to pets within the home. When you are away from home how do pets move out through the closed doors if it feels the need to relieve itself? Either it has to “hold back” for a long time till you are back at home or might be compelled to do the act inside the home and invite more trouble for you. Remember that old dogs and puppies cannot hold their bladder for a long time. There might even be the extreme case of a fire in a locked home with the pet inside and with no way to escape the poor creature is simply left to die.
Why you need pet doors?
In both the scenarios, pet doors can provide the escape route to pets that it can use according to its needs, moods and emergencies. If you really care for your pets then installing pet doors is the best way to express your love and concern for them. The freedom of movement that is allowed to pets stimulates their physical and mental health and results in more agility and alertness besides calming its temperament. But installing pet doors is just the beginning of the story. The pet that does not have any idea about the newly created passage on the door or wall has to be trained a bit to familiarise with the set up so that it starts using it.
Training the pet
The first thing that has to be communicated to the pet is that you have created a facility that it has to use. This means you have to attract the animal towards the pet door and make it understand that the flap can be pushed from either side of the door to make way for it. You need to have patience to draw the pet towards the newly installed device and then motivate it so as to push the flap and see what is on the other side. Once it sees what is on the other side, it would automatically try to venture out through the passage. Doing it for the first time would help to overcome the fears of uncertainty and it would not hesitate to repeat the performance.
But there could be situations, when pets are afraid to venture outside through the door on its own as the door flaps inhibit viewing of the other side. To overcome this problem you might have to coax and lure the pet from the other side with some goodies. Seeing you on the other side and being attracted by the goodies, the pet would not hesitate to pass through the door.
Once the pet gets the confidence of using a pet door, it would develop into a habit and relieve you from playing the role of a doorman.