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Namsan Magnetic Automatic Lock Screen Door
OWNPETS Magnetic Screen Door for Small Dogs
BarksBar Plastic Dog Door with Aluminum Lining
Dog Mate Medium Dog Door
SureFlap Microchip Pet Door
PetSafe Extreme Weather Door
Ideal Pet Ruff-Weather Door with Telescoping Frame
PetSafe Wall Entry Dog Door with Telescoping Tunnel
Perfect Pet Dog Door: All-Weather Energy Efficient
Freedom Pet Pass Insulated Dog Door
Now, if you are going to get the top of the line stuff, you have to expect to pay more. But this may be a bit more than what is expected. More than $350 for a doggy door may be stretching it a bit. That is for the large door and it only fits dogs up to 17 inches whereas the other large door openings were 18 inches and more. For a price this high, you should not expect any issues. Alas, there are a few. Sometimes the door freezes shut, which can strand your pooch outside if you are not paying attention. Also, it can be hard to get in and out for some elderly or ill pooches.
Hale Pet Doors: Door Model, Double Flap
Plexidor Weatherproof Dog Door
Endura Flap: Double Flap Wall Mount Pet Door
Material:The best material for a doggy door is steel and it is best for it to be insulated to keep out the cold. Several of the doors on this list have insulation and are made from steel such as the Dog Mate Medium Dog Door, PetSafe Extreme Weather Door, Ideal Designer Series, Perfect Pet, and Freedom Pet Pass Insulated Dog Door.
Magnetic Seal: The most common way for these doors to work is with a magnetic seal. The door can be pushed open by your furbaby and the magnet “locks” it back up afterward. The only one on our list that does not use a magnet is the Plexidor and it uses a spring loaded side-locking door.
Waterproof: All of these doggy doors claim to be waterproof and according to the reviews, they pass that test with no problem.
Wind and Draft Resistant: Many of the doggy doors had complaints about the wind blowing open the doors and letting in the air. The only ones that did not have that issue wat the Plexidor, Endura, Hale, and Freedom Pet Pass.
Single and Double Flap: The single flap door is the most commmon and does the job of keeping out the cold in most cases. However, those with double (or triple) flaps do keep out more air.
Insulation: Just like with any door, having insulation keeps out the cold better than not having insulation. Several of the doors here have insulation.
Low Temperature Tolerant Materials: All the materials are good in low temperatures but some of the flaps can get stuck when the temperature drops below freezing in wet or moist areas.
Mechanism: The mechanism on all of these are flaps that are held together with magnets except for the Plexidor.
Other factors to consider
The breed and size of your furbaby is important to consider in deciding on a doggy door. Each of the doggy doors have size specifications and it is essential that you take these into consideration when getting a door. If your dog is a puppy, make sure you consider the average size of a full grown dog of your breed.
The location of the doggy door is important to you and your pooch. You don’t want it to be in an inconvenient space that gets in the way of others going in and out. However, you also do not want it to be in an isolated spot where you will not notice your pooch’s coming and going.
The most secure of these doors is the SureFlap, which uses the microchip in your pet to allow for entry and exit. As far as being lockable, the only one that is truly able to be locked with a key is the Plexidor.
The most energy efficient doors are those with insulation. Some of these include the Dog Mate Medium Dog Door, PetSafe Extreme Weather Door, Ideal Designer Series, Perfect Pet, and Freedom Pet Pass Insulated Dog Door.
The design is something that may be important to you, especially if it is in the front of your home. You do not want the front door to look hideous with an unattractive doggy door.
Make sure the height of the step-over is not too much for your pooch. If your dog is a toy or small breed, or is elderly, they may not be able to handle one that requires a large step up or down.
Super-fast steps to Train your dog to use a dog door:
Most of the doggy doors have locks to prevent intruders such as other animals but you need to make sure yours has a good lock to keep out other invaders as well. Several have actual keyed locks that you can lock to prevent people from getting in while you are out. The SureFlap, which uses the microchip in your pet to allow for entry and exit, is also quite safe for keeping out intruders and unwelcome critters.
How much will it cost me to install the dog door?
It is free to install it yourself. However, you may need to hire someone to install the door. This can cost from $50 to $100 depending on the amount of work involved.