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4 Reasons You Need a Pet Door and Which Kind to Get


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If you have been toying with the idea of getting a pet door installed in your house, it's time to stop toying. There are a number of reasons why it is wise to have a pet door installed for your furry friend. Here's a look at four of them:

Fewer Accidents

Just like sometimes you have to go and can't hold it any longer, the same thing can happen to your pet. If you happen to not be home when this urge comes, you are going to come home to an accident. This is especially a problem in younger dogs in training and older dogs that can no longer control their bladder as well as they used to. If you had a pet door installed, it would not be a problem.

Pet Independence

Want to teach your pet to think for itself and not be a puppy, get a pet door. This allows your pet to make decisions on when he or she needs to go out to the bathroom. This is also healthier for your pet. While many pets will wait until you get home to be let out when they have to go, if they wait too long, it could lead to longer-term health problems.

Fewer Interruptions

Have you ever had one of those nights when you have just been able to finally sit down after a long day and the dog then lets you know he needs out? Maybe you're right at the most dramatic point in the movie when this happens. Either way, it's inconvenient. With a dog door your pet can let himself in and out and you don't have to worry about it.

Less Home Damage

Many pets do whatever they can to get out when they need to go. They may start by barking then turn it into scratching and even biting on things trying to get a door to open. If you're not home to hear their cries to go out, you won't be there to stop the damage that a pet door could have prevented.

Selecting a Pet Door

Once you know you need a pet door you may wonder which is the best for you to get.

First, you need a door that is just going to fit your dog through it. Remember, this is a door that will have to go to the outside, so there may be some hot or cold air getting in. You want to make it as small as possible of an open space. If your dog is young, make sure the door will be large enough for him when he is full grown.

Second, many people worry about safety when they install a pet door. They don't want a door that is open to the outside where an intruder can get in. Thankfully, you can look for a pet door that thought about this. Look for a door that is electronic that can only be opened when your pet gets close to it. You will have to put a signal collar on your pet so the dog knows it is your pet at the pet door and not an intruder.

Author Jennifer Akre is an owner of a wide variety of online specialty shops including that offer both items and information on pets. Whether it is dog supplies for your dog, or even your cat supplies for your cat, there are many tips you can use to help you make your home a better place for your pet.


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