The Ultimate Doggie Door Shopping Guide
Dog doors liberate you as much as your pup, because they keep you from getting up in the middle of the night or having to come home from work to let your pooch out. Check out our top nine pup portals to consider for your space.
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An electronic tag on your dog’s collar opens this door when your pup approaches. It only opens for animals wearing the tag, so raccoons and other unwelcome critters can’t slip in. Hook the door up to your smartphone, and you can monitor your dog’s location and see the last four times he used the door.
BUY IT: PetDoors.com, $139.99
Sliding Glass Door Insert
You won’t need tools to install this dog door, so it’s a good choice if you’re renting a place or are just not eager to cut holes in walls or doors. It comes with door flap sizes from small to extra large, so there’s one for every pup.
BUY IT: PetDoors.com, $429 to $569
Microchip Pet Door
Storm Door With Built-in Dog Door
This human door comes equipped with a doggie door, no hole cutting required. It also has a screen that’s three times stronger than what’s on regular doors, so it will stand up to your pup’s toenails.
BUY IT: Lowes, $308
Sometimes the best place for a door is a window. This dog door fits sash windows up to 43 inches wide. You won’t need tools to install it; just open the window, and insert the panel. There’s a separate panel you can slide over the door to close it. Depending on how far from the ground your window is, you may need to add a step for your pooch to make it easier for him to go in and out.
BUY IT: The Pet Door Store, $419 to $549
When a plain dog door won’t do, get a pro to make it beautiful. This gorgeous dog door in Denver was made by installing a basic pet door with a vinyl flap in a wall and trimming it out to create a tiny human-inspired door, right down to matching trim. To keep your dog in or out, you can close and lock the little door, just like a normal one.
BUY IT: HighCraft Builders, price based on project
Wall Entry Door
Sometimes there’s no door or window that can provide your dog access to the yard. You’ll need to put a door in a wall, which means you’re going to need mad carpentry skills or a good handyman. Cutting holes in exterior walls is not for beginners. This door fits walls up to 8 inches thick and has two flaps with magnetic closures to keep the weather out.
BUY IT: Walmart, $399.99 to $459 or Amazon, $359.99 to $579
Doors for Screens
Mount in a window or door screen for a versatile door flap that lets in the breeze and allows your dog or cat to experience the great outdoors. Mount the small one up high for a kitty, or opt for a large one installed down low for a dog. Keep your kitty safe by building a secure, enclosed area for him just outside the pet door.
BUY IT: Amazon, $200 to $260
Door for a Door
This pet door for an exterior door has three flaps that make it 3.5 times more energy efficient than single-flap models, so the cold will stay out when your dog comes in. You can snap it shut and slide a closing panel over it to seal it up.
BUY IT: Amazon, $49.95 to $99.95