I have gotten some very good advice on this group, and
I thank them for it. I do have a favor to ask. My wife
wants me to put in a doggie door from the living area to
the outside, not just from the garage. We have 6 months
of winter, and 6 months of summer, so I need a good
quality airtight type doggie door. Any suggestions will
be appreciated. thx
My experiences with about six doggie doors: There are no airtight doggie
doors. The next best thing is two doors that are separated by at least
three feet, as one would have in a porch or enclosed foyer situation.
Correct, there is no airtight doors, altho keeping the sun off the flap
helps it to maintain it's shape. Add some astro turf inside the two doors.
That will help clean their feet. And the first time it's too cold, too hot
or raining, guess where they'll do their business. So be ready for a bit of
I haven't looked at them myself- but I would certainly check out the
doors with electronic locks so only *your* dog can use it. Even if
the neighbor's dog doesn't wander into your yard, there are curious
squirrels, possums and raccoons who do.
I have never seen one that said 'designed for northern climates' so I
suspect you will have a cold spot wherever you put it.
have had doggie doors for 13? years, over 12 for sure with a fenced in
they come and go as they want, and go out top go pottie even if we
dont get home. best thing I ever added here.
there are double seal doors but having them go thru 2 doors is
racoons etc avoid our yard, and dont leave food outdoors to attract
I forgot about that one. A couple was arrested this week. They
had been using their 11 yr old to gain entrance to houses through
doggie doors for 5-6 years.
Google 'doggie door burglary' for some eye opening stories and videos.
When I got my new house I made sure the laundry room had an outside door so
I could put in a doggie door and, if they were muddy etc, they would at
least have a place to enter the house before they got to the carpet. After
a lot of consideration I have not yet installed a doggie door. I just
figure that we'd end up with rats, squirrels, rattlesnakes, spiders, and who
knows what else (coyotes maybe) in the house.
I'm kinda surprised that there are many burglaries via doggie doors. Don't
most doggie doors have a dog on the other side of them? I'd also think that
many, if not most, dogs would be likely to attack a kid coming through the
Yea, but the dog has to be there at the right time. Sheep might have a
little trouble sneaking in but mice seem to be waiting for someone to open
the regular door so I figure a doggie door would be too easy.
re: "Train the dog to let you know when it has to go out"
We have a bell hanging from the handle of our sliding door to the
deck. The cat rings it when she wants to go out. Might work for a dog
also. (It's kind of fun to ignore it sometimes. She'll actually hit it
harder if we don't move quick enough.)
When she wants to come in, she jumps up on the screen* and drops to
the deck. We hear the thump and let her in. That could be an issue for
When we put the dogs out front on the leash, they'll drag their claws
down the bottom panel of the aluminum storm door when they want to
come back in. You can't miss that racket! We can usually tell when
they want to go out, so we don't need a bell. Besides, they get walked
regularly, so the "out-front leash time" is more for just hanging out.
* We use the pet-proof screening. The cat has been doing this for over
2 years and there is not one imperfection showing on the material.
Yeah, that's an occasional issue, but more annoying is when she
follows you into the garage or up the deck or porch stairs so you can
let her in just so she can walk across the house to some other door so
you can let her out.
She has literally - many, many times - done nothing more than walk in
the front and right out the back. I guess it's shorter than going
*around* the house!
Methinks that in their tiny little cat minds, outside via front door and
outside via back door, lead to two different places. I've lived with
several cats over the years, and a couple of them would only use one
door to go in and out, even if you happened to be at the other end of
the house in front of the other door. They all would vocalize to get
out, and being a non-catbox house, you ignored their request at your
peril. As soon as a human would stand up, they would lead them to the
door THEY wanted to go out of, looking over their shoulder the whole
way, to make sure their staff-with-opposable-thumbs was following them.
Now of course if they were staring out a window right before demanding
to be let out, you also had to look out the window to see what they were
staring at. Had one cat that liked to hunt rabbits from inside, and it
always got pissed off if you flipped on outside lights and made a racket
opening the door, to scare the bunny off, before you let it out.
There's all kinds of considerations to be made, i.e. if your property
looks wealthy and you have a large dog, the door could get you burgled
in some areas.
I gotta piddlin' little bungalow in a densely populated part of a midwest
US city, have kept spaniel-size hunting dogs for years, doggie door
installed in an old wood storm door in back. About 23 years and the
only thing "foreign" thru the door was the neighbors cat (once only).
A few 'possums, a very rare racoon, and a zillion gray squirrels in the
neighborhood, sometimes in the yard.
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