If you have a fenced-in yard, a doggie door can be a convenient amenity for your pet. It allows your four-legged friend to go in and out of the house as needed without getting you involved. This can be especially helpful if you are gone for extended periods during the day.
Getting a dog door may sound like a great solution, but before you buy one, there are some things you may want to consider.
Installing a pet door takes a bit of handy work, but it may be something you can do yourself. According to Consumer Affairs, there are multiple types of doors with varying levels of installation difficulty — though most aren’t too complex. DIY dog doors include:
If the convenience of a dog door appeals to you, keep these safety precautions in mind to help prevent wild animals or potential intruders from gaining access to your home:
Energy efficiency may be another consideration as you decide whether a dog door is right for you. Since a pet door is an opening to the outside, it can let warm or cool air escape, the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) says. This can lead to higher energy bills and perhaps an uncomfortable environment in your home.
Fortunately, the ASE says, energy-efficient, insulated dog doors offer an air-tight seal to help block air exchange. Or you can opt for dual-flap doors that offer an extra layer of protection, says BobVila.com.
A dog door can be a great convenience for you and your furry best friend. Before you choose one, though, make sure you do your homework and select the one that’s best for you.
Originally published on May 8, 2015.