Letting Your Dog Go to the Backyard by Itself With a Pet Door

Having a dog is wonderful and satisfying, but it also means assuming a set of responsiblities. It can be difficult to own a pet, and you might not have thought about all of the things that go into taking care of a pet when you brought him or her home.

Dogs (and cats too) don’t live only on pet food, they also need water, a place to sleep, a place where to relieve themselves, sun and protection from it, etc. Installing a pet door might be something you have thought about to help meet the basic needs of your animal. Here is a small list of things that have to be taken into consideration when selecting a pet door, or even to decide if you should get one or not.

Security

In order to be totally safe, pet doors have to be correctly installed. Some people worry about whether or not someone can break into their house if they have a pet door, and in some cases that fear is well founded. If you have a large dog, for example, the pet door that you would need might be big enough to compromise the security of your home. Of couse, this can be easily avoided by testing the door yourself before you buy it; you do this by reaching your arm through the pet door that you are considering. If you can reach your doorknob, obviously the door is not safe. This is not a problem for pet doors that are designed for small animals.

Convenience

One of the advantages of getting a pet door installed is that your dog (or cat) will use it ALL the time. Is your pet large enough and strong enough to push the door open and be able to get out? In addition, how safe is the area that your pet will be exiting to? If the animal is exiting into, for example, a fenced in back yard, then a pet door makes more sense for your specific situation.

Some people buy a pup and then are surprised to learn the responsabilities they acquired as well. Fortunately, installing a pet door can help you take care of some of your pet’s needs. You can get a pet door online or at most pet supply stores.

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