Im thinking of getting a doggy door. I was looking at differnt kinds online and a lot of them say easy to install. How easy is it? Doesnt installing one of these doggy doors mean you have to saw threw or cut the door? What kind of tools do you need to install one and is it really easy and quick like they claim?
I really want one, I think it would be so much easier with my 5 dogs, especially the puppy. The cats could use it too. But if it is a pain to install I will manage without one, it just seems that the advertising for them is too good to be true, ya know?
Any thoughts on doggie doors? For those that have them do you encounter any problems with them? Anything I should know before getting one?
Do you have a slider door? If so maybe you should try the one I have. It goes on the screen door of the slider. You just snap to 2 plastic pieces together and cut out screen. We also have the screen protected so the dogs won't mess up the screen. My husband just cut around it where the door is. It's about $20.00 on ebay and my 10lb - 70lb dogs fit through it. Whwn we go out we lock the slider glass door. You don't have to worry about being broken into.
I should think that depends on how skilled you are in cutting a hole in your door. Sounds simple enough, cut a hole and snap on the doggie door frame and screw it in. If you're afraid of ruining your door, I'd get a handyman to do it.
yeah be careful about unwanted guests. i would suggest locking it closed at night or you may get visiters that you weren't expecting. My aunt woke up one time to a opossum in her kitchen eating the cat food...yikes they can be mean!! good luck with the door. i bought one a while back and it is still sitting in the garage. my husband doesn't want to cut into any of our doors. he says it will look unappealing when we go to sell our house. but i think all you need is a tape measure, hand saw, and screw driver and there will be instructions with the door. i think it's relitively easy. good luck!
Beaglecookie! May I ask whereabouts you live? I want to get one of those slider doggy doors, but since we live in Minnesota (cold winters!), DH is worried about "heating the great outdoors" and our gas bill going sky high!
If that's a concern of yours, too, could you let me know how well the doggy door keeps the heat in and the cold out? Is there always a cold draft coming in from it? Thanks!
If you have a good place for one you will never regret it. It is wonderful. Espically when you are not home and you never have to worry about coming home to tee tee on the carpet. ours is in the laundry room and goes out onto the patio. It is an absolute life saver. I think you will love having one for your dogs.
I live in sunny Southern California. Cold is in the 35 degrees the slidder stays shut. If they have to go out I open the glass slidder door and the doggy doors cut out in the screen door. My husband doesn't want to ruin our wood doors. He's also afraid of breakins when were at work or other animals coming in. They do have an electric door that only open for the pet that's wearing the color that controls it. That might be a goog idea.
gbroxon, I live in MN too and used to clean for some people who had the sliding door ( dog door) I don't know what kind they had but it seemed to really seal tight after the dogs when in and out. They had small dogs so the opening wasn't very big, but I never felt a draft or anything.
I installed my doggie door myself, I am in my 40's and it wasn't hard at all, although I was terrified to saw through my door.. I took my time and made sure there were no distractions, and it was easier than I thought it would be. I trained my Dobes to chase out anything (not a dog) out of it, so my barn kitties have learned to stay away from the door. I have electric fencing, so I don't have critter problems.
I am also from MN. We have not installed a dog door out of 3 concerns: 1. the cold, 2. unwanted guests in the house, and 3. fear that our dog won't use it and we would have installed it for nothing. Not having a dog door comes at a cost, though - having to get up at 5:00 AM when the dog wants to go outside...
I found a slider doggy door that I'm assured will work for MN winters. The vendor is Moore Pet, based out of WI. However, it's gonna cost a LITTLE more than the $20 that Beaglecookie spent...more like $330! (Trying to LOL!)
Also, we're going to be building a combination inside kennel/outside run in the spring, and I found a couple of options for us polar bears at the Moore Pet site. They seem to have a door for any type of situation.
K9Trainer: The slider doggy door will exit onto our lockable, screen-enclosed deck (gotta love them mosquitos, eh?), so no worries about marauding wild animals OR humans with that one. That one is mainly so my baby can get some fresh air on the deck if he chooses, not to allow him access to the yard. The one that will be used for the kennel/run will be accessible from under our deck, so there is a concern, but I figure, hey, I'll put locks on the outside run gate and on the inside kennel gate, and if someone (or someTHING) does get in, they won't be able to easily leave the kennel to get into the house! They're at least gonna have to really work at it if they want to get in that badly (it's be easier to break a window)! And ya know, if someone wants to get in that badly, they'll find a way, whether you have a doggy door or not.
If your worried about other animals coming in, I believe some doors have like a sensor and only animals wearing like a little anteanna thing are allowed to go through the door. Think it locks or something of that sort.