You, *gets up to let dot out, sits back down only to have to let dog back in in roughly 5 seconds* all day on repeat.
I promise you my friend, a dog door is the best thing you will ever invest in.
We got ours from Home Depot; it’s the Ruff Weather Dog Door in size extra large. Their sizes are small, medium, extra large, and super large. I don’t understand why they jumped to extra large and super large instead of large to extra large buuut I guess that’s just what they’re into.
The extra large accommodates perfectly for my Bichon, Bearded Collie, and even my cousin’s Labradoodle so the size we chose is quite versatile and works perfectly for us.
The door includes 2 clear flexible vinyl flaps both of which have magnets on the bottom to keep them in place. The flaps keep snow rain etc. out and heat in. They basically work together as insulation. Something a little strange we've noticed is when it is overly cold outside the vinyl will shrink a tad so it won't quite reach the bottom magnet. It's never more than like 1/2 an inch and it hasn't really impacted us one way or another it's just something worth mentioning. It also has a plastic cover you can put on it when you don’t want your pups going in and out.
We (and by we I mean my father did the work and I watched) installed ours in our backdoor but supposedly you can install it in walls too. Installation was pretty easy if you have an understanding of power tools and all that fun stuff. We just used a jigsaw to cut a square hole with the appropriate dimensions then we just drilled that sucker in and bam, nor more up and down nonsense.
The method our pups found most helpful was holding the flaps open, giving them a light encouraging nudge, and greeting them with a treat on the other side. We did this a few times, lowering the flaps a bit each time till they got the hang of it. Now they actually prefer their door over the people door.
We avoided getting a dog door for years because some concerns we had. One of those being the security reason I mentioned earlier which was if people could brake into our home by crawling through it. We ended up coming to two conclusions. One was that I could BARELY fit (for real you guys, there was a moment when I thought I was going to have to live out the remainder of my life in that door.) So if someone broke in that way it’d mean they would have to be my size or smaller so my burly, manly man father could totally take them.
The second conclusion was that if someone wants to break into our home they are going to do it weather we have a dog door or not.
Our other concern was having strange critters coming through it especially since we have a creek in our backyard and frequently have raccoon families living in a stump back there as well. Well we’ve had it for close to a year and no unwelcome visitors so far. I don’t know if it’s the two magnetic flaps, the fact that we close it at night or what but so far so good! (knock on wood…)
All though the same can't exactly be said for our neighbors as our cats frequently go in their house via their dog door (I'm pretty sure they don't have the same dog door as us.) Luckily they like our kitties and now our families have bonded over our love of cats. Ha!
This leads me to my next point which is that our cats also use our dog door which is ok for us because ours are indoor/outdoor kitties. However if you like to keep your kitties inside this may be a slight problem for you...
Another side note is that my niece will sometimes escape out of the dog door to chase the kitties when you're not looking. *insert unamused face.* Soooo keep an extra close eye on your kiddos if you have a sneaky niece like I do.
If you are looking into installing a dog door (or if you’re not, you should be) then I highly recommend this one!
Here's the link!