3 Pro Tips for Building an Effective Dog Door

Want to build a professional-looking dog door?

Having a dog door is one of the best things you can do for your furry friend. It gives them the freedom to come and go as they please, which makes them happier and healthier.

However, it’s important that you build the right type of door so that your pup doesn’t get stuck or hurt while using it.

Here are three pro tips on how to build an effective dog door for your home!

1. Make Sure It Works For You And Your Dog

The first thing you need to do when building an effective dog door is make sure it works for both you and your furry friend(s). Is there enough space for them to go through?

Does this fit the personality of the breed and your pet? If they’re slightly skittish, then it’s probably not a good idea to get one that has transparent panels on it – rather stick with one that is opaque.

Also, make sure that your dog can navigate the door easily – if they have trouble going through it, then they’ll either be stuck in a room with you or will try to go between the panels and end up ripping them open with their head/paws!

2. Make Sure It’s Safe For Your Dog

You wouldn’t put a baby into an industrial shredder, would you? Well, neither would most pet owners. In order to ensure your furry friend isn’t injured by the newly-constructed pet door, make sure it isn’t too low as to injure their legs or so high that they cannot jump over it.

Also, keep in mind how windy it is where you live – if there are strong gusts, the dog doors need to have a flap that can close while strong winds are present or it just won’t work properly.

3. Make Sure It’s Secure

A pet door can be a security risk if left unsecured. This is because a thief could easily use the space to get into your home and rob you all blind!

Depending on where you live, this could be a major issue. Not only does this make your new build useless but it can also put your pets in danger for having an open window of opportunity for criminals to steal from you undetected until they’re gone!

In order to prevent this from happening, make sure you get a dog door that has some type of lock mechanism on it that either locks automatically or can be locked manually.

Even if you don’t currently have an alarm system in place, having the pet door locked will help keep your furry friends safer and give you some insurance against potential break-ins.

How to Build a Dog Door

Building a doggy door is an important decision for any pet parent and we hope this post has given you some valuable information to help make that choice. We’ve covered the basics of what makes a good door as well as 3 pro tips for building an effective one, but if there are still questions or concerns about your project, feel free to reach out.

Also, check out our blog for more tips for building a dog door.

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