Pet Doors and Security: What Every Homeowner Should Know
Dog lovers know how tedious it can be to tend to their pets’ needs. But despite all the struggle, they know for a fact that their canine friends should get the best of everything.
Aside from doggie treats and regular visits to the vet, your dog should also be given more time to roam around the house.
This is where doggie doors come in handy. They allow your pets to enter and exit whenever they want. But as much as you want to give your dog the freedom to roam around, you still have to consider potential security threats involving pet doors.
If you’re planning to install a pet door for your home, consider the following points to giving added security.
1. Opt for an electronic dog door
Common dog doors usually feature a flap. Although it’s inexpensive, this type of dog door can easily be compromised by an experienced burglar. Your best bet would be an electronic door that opens when it’s able to scan a chip embedded in your dog’s collar.
2. Consider the material
Dog doors come in a variety of materials, each having its own advantages and disadvantages. Plastics, for one, are inexpensive, but they usually have a short lifespan. Although you may pay extra for aluminum doors, at least they are more durable and give lasting security.
3. Consider the dimensions
How high should your dog door be? How wide? Unless you only one faithful furry friend at home, you would want to size the dog door appropriately if you own several pets. One way to get the optimal size for your dog door is to measure your pets and determine their height, width, and preferred step over, which should be as low as possible.
4. Choose the right locking mechanisms
Installing a door cover is crucial to securing your dog door from intruders. And if you’re unable to install an electronic pet door, you can always invest in sturdier locks and screen covers to add a bit of extra protection for your dog door.
5. Consider a different location
The real reason why you’re installing a dog door in the first place is to give your pet easy access to your home. That said, it doesn’t have to be located at the front entrance. You can place your dog door at the back where no one can easily find it.
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