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In this article we are going to look at how to keep your dog safe with an automatic dog door and dog flaps for small or larger breed dogs. These dog door and dog flaps are amazing and can be a blessing when your at work and your dog needs to leave the house for toilet time. Using the latest technology, some of these doors use a wireless key that you simply attach to your dogs collar and the door automatically opens.
I for one do not own an automatic dog door or a dog flap as we always have someone in the house. We are never away for long periods of time and if we are then we use a dog sitter so there is no need for us to spend the money, however, these products are simply amazing.
- 1 Best Automatic Dog Door and Dog Flaps
- 2 What are Dog Flaps?
- 3 Best Dog Flaps
- 4 Best Automatic Dog Door 2020
- 5 Dog Door For Sliding Glass Door
- 6 Fitting an Automatic Dog Door or a Dog Flap
- 7 Most Common Questions
Best Automatic Dog Door and Dog Flaps
The best automatic dog door and dog flaps depends on a number of different factors.
- Where do you want to fit it?
- How big is your dog?
- When you want your dog to be able to use it
- What security issues there may be
There are many different dog doors and dog flaps that can fit into different locations. Some are designed to work like a cat flap, inserting into your back door, others will fit into your patio doors and others through a wall in your house allowing you dog to go between rooms.
Let’s have a look at the different options to help you pick and choose which design / style you want or need in your home. – Click the images to head straight to Amazon for more information or scroll down to see bigger descriptions.
What are Dog Flaps?
Dog flaps work exactly like cat flaps. The main difference being the strength and sturdiness of the dog flaps. This is due to different size of dog helping sturdiness when entering and leaving the house.
You can easily have these fit into your current door, or purchase a new door with one already installed.
Dog flaps vary depending on what you want. Should your dog have constant access, how secure is your property and what’s the weather like, as well as how much you can afford to spend.
Lets take a look………..
Best Dog Flaps
SureFlaps Microchip Pet Door is absolutely amazing. It works with your dogs implanted microchip helping keep your dog and your home safe. Many doors / flaps will just open, this is programmed accordingly. Having other dogs / cats just enter your home uninvited can not only cause stress but can be extremely dangerous. No one wants to come home to a stray animal alive or dead in their home.
Getting professional help to fit is probably best so not to break anything but shouldnt take too long to do. The door can be installed almost anywhere in the home making it extremely versatile. You can also purchased collar tags that work with the SureFlap, if you havent got your dog chipped for whatever reason.
Larger in size than a standard cat flap, the pet door is designed for large cats and small dogs.
Features include a Curfew Time allowing you to set when the door should unlock and lock itself. Intruder preventative technology and programmable to your own pets microchips.
Overall this is an amazing Dog Door/ Flap absolutely does the job in your home.
The Extreme Weather Dog Flap by PetSafe has an amazing 3 flap system with a central insulated layer, perfect for keeping the cold / warmth in your home.
Whether you live in a very cold or hot country, this door will ensure the warmth/cold is trapped inside your house. Preventing heat loss and keeping your house energy efficient.
This flap also comes with a snap on panel which can keep the door locked if you don’t want it to be used. Other optional features available for purchase with the dog door is the weather protecting panel.
The plastic frame can also be painted allowing you to match the colour of your door
The dog door comes with very detailed instructions and a template for your door to ensure you can cut out the correct size and shape to be able to fit the door yourself
This door also comes in many sizes, the larger sized door would be suitable for dogs such as a Labrador.
As with everything PetSafe have a wide range of dog doors and dog flaps for all shape and size dogs. Check out there full range on Amazon.
The award winning Endura Flap wall mount pet door is the most energy efficient wall mount on the market. It also is highly wind-resistant, has completely hidden hardware, has beefy aluminum extruded framing, is thoroughly built to last and backed by a superior 10 year warranty, with 15 years on the flap. Included is a sturdy locking cover, equivalent to 1/16″ sheet of steel, with an easy to use clip lock so you can close off the door when not in use. The tunnel section will frame out walls up to 8″ in thickness. While the single flap version insulates exceptionally well, the double flap version is a great option for very harsh climates.
The Ideal Pet Products plastic pet door is a very popular choice of door and also very well reviewed
It has a sturdy resistant frame, which can also be installed yourself into any door from 1.25 to 2 inches thick.
You can easily fit this door yourself, and even follow the simple tutorial video.
The clear dog flap is weather resistant and comes in a variety of sizes, allowing for dogs up to 90lbs.
You can also purchase the additional lock-out slide, this can keep your dog inside or outside.
This Heavy Duty Dog Flap has a aluminium frame, with heavy duty spring hinges and a plexi-glass dog flap.
It’s large size and opening with sturdy structure means it is suitable for larger dogs up to a huge 120 lbs in weight.
The dog frame and flap are weather resistant and also weather tight.
The door is also chew proof and practically indestructible.
All weather single or double Endura flap versions available for outstanding energy efficiency and maximum wind resistance from moderate to the most extreme climates
Excellent design that is flexible and safe. It is insulated, durable and has an environmentally friendly flap with adjustable magnet strength makes training simple
White heavy gauge aluminium framing suitable for quick and easy installation into solid, metal, or hollow core people doors and storm doors
8″ x15″ opening ideal for medium dog breeds and can be shared with smaller dogs and cats.
Includes a sturdy security locking cover to close off access when not in use
The Plastic Pet Door includes a durable, snap-on closing panel. Use the snap-on closing panel to keep your pet from using the door, to keep strays out of your home or for additional weather resistance.
This door includes a detailed cutting template and instructions for easy installation into people doors. With the PetSafe Plastic Pet Door, your pet will love the freedom, and you will love the convenience.
Best Automatic Dog Door 2020
An Automatic dog door works from a remote control on a dogs collar that automatically opens the door when the dog is nearby. Meaning you have a safe and secure access point to and from the house.
The High Tech Pet Power pet electronic dog door slides upwards when activated by the ultrasonic sensor on the dogs collar.
The sensor is highly capable of identifying whether your dog is walking passed the door, or walking towards it. If your dog is just walking passed then the door will not open / activate.
The door has 4 options, ONLY Open, ONLY Close, Do BOTH, or Do NEITHER. When in the closed mode the door is locked and will not open.
This automatic dog door panel is 12.25 x 16 inches and is suitable for larger dogs up too 100lbs
This door is weatherproof and airtight, keeping your house free from drafts.
Other features include a durable plastic frame with LED Indicators, Sensitivity Control, installation instructions and cutting template
SmartDoor works with the battery operated SmartKey (1 included: Placed in the battery box) SmartKey is worn on your pet’s collar, Electronic lock. Works with the PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor for additional pets to use the pet door or as a replacement key if your pet’s key is lost
PetSafe delivering the best value for money in there dog doors and dog flaps range. This is by far a stand out product and market leader in my opinion.
Each key uses radio-frequency identification technology to send a signal to the Electronic SmartDoor to unlock the flap so your pet can enter and exit
Easily program up to 5 SmartKey accessories to the Electronic SmartDoor at the touch of a button
This automatic dog door is made in the USA and is 100% automatic. No more opening and closing the door for your pets. A Solo motorized automatic dog door will free you from being a doorman for your pet.
These automatic dog doors are completely safe for your pet because the door closes slowly using only gravity.
Securely locked in the closed position for added security. It will also give you the peace of mind that no unwanted intruders can invade your home.
Includes a free pet tag sensor. Our pet tags to activate the pet door attach to the pet’s collar and are magnets and therefore waterproof and do not require any batteries. Comes in 10 different sizes! Works for the smallest pet to the largest dog.
Dog Door For Sliding Glass Door
Other options available, much to my surprise, was the Sliding Glass Dog Door, suitable for your patio doors.
Sliding glass dog doors are a great way to adapt the door to your home. No need to keep getting up and down to let your dog out. A sliding door dog door can fit into your existing patio doors. Working as an additional door in your current setup, this is ideal for any home with a patio door setup.
The PetSafe Freedom Patio Pet Door has a aluminium frame and fits into your patio doors
It is also available in 3 different colours so should cater for any home, white, bronze and satin gold.
There are also 4 different sizes all suitable for a wide range of dogs.
PetSafe brand has been an industry leading US manufacturer of pet behavior, containment and lifestyle products since 1991, helping millions of people and pets each year. PetSafe in our opinion are innovative and creative and understand what the consumer wants. They are delivering product after product that suits each and every customer around the world.
Fitting an Automatic Dog Door or a Dog Flap
Fitting automatic dog door and dog flaps yourself can be quite simple to do, but if you already know your not great at DIY or the use of Powertools, can be very damaging / costly if done incorrectly.
Most dog doors & dog flaps come with instructions or tutorial videos that will help you fit the door correctly to your existing setup. There are also YouTube videos that will also help you along.
Alternatively, a local handyman will be able to help you fit the door should you not trust yourself to do so.
Most Common Questions
How much is it to install a dog door?
This really depends on two things. 1) finding a really great handyman at reasonable price. 2) how good your own personal DIY skills are. If you are confident enough to fit your own then it wont cost too much. But depending on the size of the door and the handyman charge, anything up to £300 can be a standard price.
What Size Dog Door Should I buy?
If you have a puppy and want to get a dog door you must make sure you buy one big enough for when it grows. This will save you paying for 2 doors and 2 lots of fitting. Obviously this can be a little guess work as all dogs grow different sizes. Try and research how big you dog may gor, width, height, length and then buy a door that is suitable for an adult version of your dog.
If you already ahve a fully grown dog then measure from Paw to Chest and then Chest to Top of Shoulder. Once you have added this together, add a further 3 or 4 inches. For width of your dog door, measure the width of your dog from hip to hip and add a further 3 inches.
I’ve got Sliding Patio Doors, Can I still Have a Dog Door?
Yes, they are much more difficult to fit. PetSafe Freedom Patio Pet Dooris one of the best available dog doors for patio doors. Check out the review above but make sure you get a lot of help to have this fit correctly.