In these situations, having a special door that your pet can use by itself is the most convenient solution. However, not all dog doors are the same. You need to pick one that’s designed for your particular living conditions and needs. With that being said, here are some helpful tips on how to choose the right door for dogs.
One of the most important considerations when choosing a door for dogs is the size. Before you can get down to the business of purchasing one, it’s important that you measure your pet so that you can pick a size that will allow it to comfortably slide through. A door that’s 3-5 cm higher than your dog’s shoulder height is sufficient, as dogs duck their head when getting through the door. As for width, the door should at least 5 cm wider than the dog’s widest part (shoulders or hips. This way, you’ll leave some room for potential weight gain. If you have several pets, use the largest animal’s measurements to pick a door size.
Besides being a convenient way for your pet to get some fresh air, remember that the dog door will also be an exterior and interior feature of your home. With that being said, you should also make sure to choose one that has an aesthetic value. And when it comes to looks, the material plays the biggest role. For instance, aluminium and plastic dog doors can be treated to blend into various settings. There are also doors made of clear-tempered safety glass that are a more appropriate choice for sliding or regular doors made of glass.
Many pet doors can cause drafts and as a result, affect how energy-efficient your home is. For that reason, it’s important that you choose a door that’s well insulated and can seal tightly in order to prevent any air from passing through the opening. In addition, well-insulated doors will also keep any bugs, rain or snow from getting inside. For the best insulation, look for doors with gasket seals or magnet-fitted flaps.