Tips For Installing A Dog Door

So you’ve decided you’re handy with a saw and a drill and install your own dog door. With these three easy steps and, of course, the right pet door, your best friend will be letting themselves in and out of the house in no time.

Three Steps For Selecting & Installing A Dog Door

Step One

Work out which size door best fits your dog. The door should be large enough to accommodate the largest pet that will use it. Measure the distance from the animal’s shoulders to the bottom of the rib cage, then add a little, for the minimum aperture.

Step Two

Check the size of the door with your pet and position the door hole. Use the paper template that is supplied with the pet door (or if there is no template, use its measurements) to cut a hole in a piece of corrugated cardboard that is exactly the same as the pet door.

To position the height of the dog door, manufacturers recommend that the bottom of the hole of the door should be level with the dog’s stomach when standing, so cut the hole in the cardboard at this height. Encourage your dog to step through the cardboard hole. If your dog fits easily through this hole, this size will work well. If it seems too tight, exchange the dog door for the next size up.

Step Three

Install the dog door. Cut the appropriate size hole in your door at the right height and insert the dog door following the supplied instructions. Make sure it is secured and finished well, with no rough edges that could catch your dog’s fur.

After the door is in place, give your dog some time to get used to it. Your dog should be watched closely to make sure it is able to both enter and exit the house unassisted before being left alone.

Comprehensive instructions are included with all PetMate models of pet doors.

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