Why Use Dog Doors?
Dog doors are an effective way to prevent unwanted visitors from entering a house, but they are not a sure fire way of preventing potential harm to pets. Before you consider adding a dog door to your home, learn about the pros and cons of doggie doors. You'll be able to make an informed decision when it comes time to decide if a dog door is right for your family. This article will also provide suggestions on how to find a good door for your dog.
The first consideration is security. Many dog doors are made of plastic, which is not only easy to clean but can be made more secure than metal. The first type of doggie door that hit the market required users to insert a magnetic strip into the panel. This magnetic strip could easily be removed by a thief, rendering the device ineffective. More reliable locking covers use a key to lock the panel instead of a magnetic strip. Some locking covers even use a coded locking system to confirm that only your pet can open the door.
Another consideration is whether your dog doors should have any outside access at all. One popular option is to install a flap that attaches to the top of your exterior door, blocking any access from the backyard or street. A locking cover may be used to further restrict access, but these panels are unattractive and rarely seen. Most pet owners prefer a dog door with no outside access, as this looks more professional and will give your yard a more inviting appearance. Flaps can be installed on any exterior door and attach to the top or bottom, just like the pet doors.
Even though pet doors are becoming more widely installed, there are still plenty of myths associated with them. For example, some people believe that they will prevent wind damage to your home or yard. They are also believed to provide a better view and free up valuable natural lighting. These are simply not true and cannot be compared to wind fences. The truth is that any unobstructed view of your yard is better than a view blocked by a fence.
Myth: Installing window dog doors is dangerous. Again, this is simply not true. Window dog doors only allow limited amount of light into the room, but do not block wind. Wind damage is very real, but a trained technician can install window dog doors in any area.
Myth: Sliding glass door panels are dangerous. This is another myth and simply isn't true. While it is possible for someone to injure their wrist by playing with a sliding glass door latch, dog door installation professionals have far more safety concerns to deal with. This is not to say that sliding glass doors won't ever cause an injury - it is possible - but there is no serious danger in dog door installation.
Myth: I am breaking the law if I install a dog door on my own. Dog doors can be installed professionally and legally if you follow all local rules. You cannot simply put a flap down and call it a day. Some cities and towns do not allow pets at all and will ticket anyone who does. This is just one of those annoyances that we have to deal with. It is highly recommended that you do not break any ordinances by putting a doggie door on your property.
Myth: I should not use the doors for my pets because the neighbors will object. Pet doors are terrific doors that allow us to bring our pets in and out without having to live in fear. We love our pets like family and should treat them as such. However, if you live in a very rural community and your neighbors do not want you to install doggy door for your pets you should not use them. This is true no matter how many neighbors you have or how small the town.