Pet Door Buying Guide

Pet door guide

Deciding you’ll treat your dog (and yourself) with a new pet door is the first step to happiness. However, most of the time that happiness ends up pretty quickly when people face the process of choosing the right pet door for themselves.

I once felt that way, and honestly, everyone does in the beginning.

But it shouldn’t be that way. And that’s why I’ll show you how to choose the right pet door for your, and you’re definitely at the right place since this pet door buying guide will never disappoint you.

So grab something to snack, get comfortable, and keep on reading! By the end of this post, you will know exactly which pet door to get for your home.

Benefits of Pet Doors

Pet door benefits

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You might probably have the reason in mind why you’re getting pet door already, but there are probably more benefits than you could have imagined.

Let’s have a look at it from the pet’s side. The first benefit would be the health. While dogs and other pets need to urinate regularly, holding them back from doing it might not be the healthiest thing out there.

It can lead to different infections and have painful results. Pets should be able to freely go outside and urinate whenever they need to, just like people can visit the restroom.

Another benefit is the change in pet’s behavior. Pets are known to love to go to potty where humans don’t see. Pet doors are just one of many ways that make things easier for them. Such freedom results in better pet’s behavior.

While, for you, you will experience the convenience and a better condition of your home. Going to bed late and being woken up early by your pet just to open him the doors isn’t the best situation, is it?

Imagine if you didn’t have to wake up and open the door, yet the dog could let himself outside. Sounds too good to be true? Nope, it’s just another benefit of the pet door.

At the same time, the condition of your home will improve since pets won’t be spending the whole day inside. For example, pets tend to scratch the doors or floor when they can’t get out, as a sign of wanting to go out. You won’t have to deal with such problems anymore.

And these are just some of the benefits. Once people get the pet door, they never want to go back, and neither will you, trust me.

Pet Door Guide: How to Choose and Purchase a Pet Door?

While choosing a pet door can raise many concerns, and eventually, it leads to people giving up. However, if you have a proper plan and you know exactly what to look out for – you won’t have even a single problem.

In case you don’t know anything about pet doors and their installation, don’t sweat it. You don’t need to be a scientist, and you have to start learning somewhere.

First, I will list a few things you need to pay attention to when choosing a pet door and then explain them briefly.

Here’s what you should look out for:

  • Pet Door Type
  • Location
  • Weather
  • Size
  • Price

Pet Door Type

The first thing is the easiest one. Simply think about your pet and decide whether you will need a big pet door, or will smaller one will do the job just fine?

If you have a small dog that will grow up quickly, you better not make a mistake of purchasing a small dog door that won’t be suitable later.

Once you figure that out, then it’s time to actually decide which pet door type you would prefer. There are different types, and the most common ones are manual (standard or traditional), electrical, or microchip enabled.

While manual pet doors don’t need to be explained, they’re a model everyone’s used to, I’ll explain the electrical and a microchip enabled pet doors.

Electrical pet doors do everything the same just like manual pet doors, yet they have a small electrical motor that is usually powered either by a battery or DC adapter.

On the other hand, think about microchip enabled pet doors as a mix of the manual and electrical pet door. They’re also the electrical type of pet door, yet they have improved technology feature of a microchip. When a pet with microchip necklace is close and facing the pet door – they will open. Otherwise, you can forget about it.

While each type has its own benefits, it also has some disadvantage to consider too.


Location means where in your home would you prefer to place your new pet door? No enough space to place it in the back door?

No worries, in case you didn’t know, pet doors can be installed on a wall and even glass. So there are no excuses.

In case you’re not sure where to install your new pet door – have a look at this post.


If you live in a rainy town, or a town that has extreme winter conditions – you might have been thinking how will the pet door work during those critical weather conditions.

There is nothing to worry about because in case you live in such location, there are pet doors that are specifically made for such weather conditions. They are usually tightly sealed and they insulate well.


Pet door size

Photo from Flickr – Anthony van Dyck

Size doesn’t only matter because of your pet’s size, but also the size of your available space to install. Most of the pet doors have dimensions and they come in different ones. Therefore, you can carefully measure and choose the right dimensions you need.

What size pet door would you need can be found in this article.


While the price is the last thing you should pay attention to, it’s not the least important. In my opinion, and from my experience, I think you should have a clear budget that you’re willing to invest in a pet door.

Look at it as the investment, but don’t let it break your budget. Make sure that you know how much can you spend.

There are always better models than the one you’re looking at, and the best models cost. They’re definitely worth it, but if you need to save up some more – do it.


I hope that this pet door guide helps a lot and that you won’t have any problems further down the road. In case you do, feel free to drop a line in the comments below!p