Many people now have no second thoughts about the need for installing pet doors when they build a new home. Two-thirds of the households in Australia has some type of a pet, and pet parents are much keen about ensuring optimum care and comfort to their four‑legged friends.
Installing pet doors
Installing a pet door is the most convenient way for your pet to breathe some fresh air and also to enjoy the freedom of moving around freely. This offers them the much-needed health benefits too by ensuring enough exercise they need.
However, one problem pet owners are concerned about is the intrusion of the unwelcome critters, and in the worse case, human criminals. Here are some precautions you can take to ensure maximum security while installing pet doors at home.
- Keeping food
It is a big mistake if you keep your pet’s food close to the pet door, both outside and inside. This can draw attention of the wandering critters like racoons, street dogs, and also wild animals. So, keep the food for your dogs and other pets in closed containers inside the room or other places to be accessed only by your authorised pets.
- Positioning of the door
Finding the right position to install the pet door is vital in terms of keeping your home secure as well as to offer maximum ease of access to the pets. So, plan well ahead for doggie door installation. Take proper measurement of the height of your pet as well as the width.
It goes without saying not to buy a smaller door but also don’t buy a larger door than actually needed, as the risk of external intruders becomes higher if the door is large. When compared to installing the pet door on your main door, it is much safer to install it onto the wall.
- Security locking
Almost all new models of pet doors have security locking mechanisms as locking tabs, hard panels, and electronic security etc. Choose models which can be safely locked from inside. The modern security panels can only be clicked into place from inside, so the human intruders and critters can be easily kept out.
- Electronic locking
This is the easiest and foolproof mode of ensuring security. If you are out most of the times but want to allow your pet move out freely when needed, electronic pet doors are the ideal solution. These doors feature an electronic lock, which only unlocks when the authorised dog wearing a sensor in its collar approaches the door. For all other intruders, the door is adamantly shut.
- Proper training
After installing a dog door, it is essential to give your pet adequate training to use the door properly. Sometimes, it may take two or three days to one week for them to get used to it, and you need to be patient enough to take them through this training process successfully.
Don’t do the process of choosing and installing pet doors in haste. Consider all the feasible options available and do a thorough groundwork to identify which model, which position, which mechanism of pet door will work the best for your pet and also fit to your pocket to choose one.