While dog doors, including the new and fascinating world of automatic dog doors, are a convenient option for your furry friend, they come with several drawbacks that should be known before making a purchase decision. Here are a few to be aware of before pulling the trigger on a dog door.
DOG DOORS HINDER THE POTTY TRAINING PROCESS
Getting a dog door as an alternative to actual potty training is the lazy way out, and will almost never work out well in the end. Some believe that dog door installation will keep their puppies from using the bathroom in their house. This isn’t potty training.
Puppies don’t enter the world thinking that they need to relieve themselves outdoors. On the contrary, we all know that smaller dogs go wherever they are in most cases. Without proper potty training (or even use of dog potty pads), and instead relying on a dog door to provide egress, your puppy is going to get ingrained in their head that any room should have a hole in the door for them to escape and use the bathroom. No bueno.
A DOG DOOR IS LITERALLY A HOLE IN YOUR HOME
Dog doors provide an exit for your pet to go outside whenever they please. However, it also provides an entrance for your pet to bring the outside inside whenever they please! Rain, mud, dirt, debris, and worse, all of it is a potential new introduction to your home with your pet’s freedom to come and go. You don’t want that on your floors or furniture, and a dog raincoat can only help so much.
Additionally, sometimes dogs will kill small animals. Sometimes they find small animals that are already dead. They love bringing these treats in as a gift for their owners. Dog doors welcome this behavior, and can lead to unpleasant surprises.
DOG DOORS PROMOTE SURPRISE DISAPPEARANCES
Dogs love to grab some of your prized possessions. Have a pair of socks that you love? In many cases, regardless of how well-trained the dog, if it’s out in the open it’s fair game. Your cell phone? Sometimes it can be nothing more than an interactive dog toy.
One of the most common complaints found about dog doors is that their dog loves to take things that are supposed to be inside, like small electronics or pieces of clothing, and bring them outside. Having a flap being the only barrier doesn’t stop the “transfer of goods”, that’s for sure. And remember, the larger the dog door, the larger the items that can be taken outside!
DOG DOORS ARE AN INVITATION TO UNWANTED VISITORS
Many dog doors, from entry level to electronic dog doors, can be locked. This is ideal once night falls and it’s time for you and your furry family members to go to sleep. However, forgetting to lock your dog door can sometimes cause problems. And by problems we mean intruders. And by intruders we mean small animals who can enter your home in the night through an unlocked dog door.
Remember, an unlocked dog door is literally a hole in your home.
ENERGY CONSCIOUS BEWARE
Back on the topic of dog doors being holes in your home. If you’re energy conscious like we are, you want your home to stay warm when heating, and chilly when cooling. As such, you want as good a seal as possible. Installing a dog door is rendering any extra sealing work useless, as dog doors are notorious for letting the air from your home escape through uninsulated gaps.
If you like keeping tabs on your electric bill, a dog door is a poor choice for you.
However, all of the above mentioned problems can be alleviated by using a smart dog door instead. Interested in outfitting your home with a smart dog door? Check out our recommendations here.