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If you have just adopted your first puppy, have moved house or need a new dog door, then this is the blog for you! Choosing the right type of doggy door is paramount to ensuring your dog’s happiness, that you are not inconvenienced and that your home security is not threatened. To help you choose just the right doggy door for your furry friends, we’ve put together these 4 tips.


1: Think Home Security

Home security and safety is a big consideration when choosing the size and type of a dog door and where you will be installing it. Unlockable, larger options, that are unsupervised, opens your home to the real threat of opportunistic thieves. Burglars which can use it to get through if they are small enough or put their hand through to unlock your door. The same goes for home safety – an unattended doggie door on the front door may lead to a small child crawling through into the front yard or worse, onto the street! If your budget allows it, opt for a lockable option for maximum peace of mind or for something more budget-friendly, why not try our very own LockLatch dog door replacement for better flexibility and security.


2: Your Budget

Then think features and design. It is better to go with a good value dog door replacement rather than a  cheaply designed one that may not stand the test of time – and your dog no matter how boisterous they are. If you are going with the traditional type, consider it an investment as it’s a permanent fixture, so aim for a quality dog door with less features or wait for crazy holiday sales. As buying the cheapest on the market may lead to wear and tear, meaning you will have to replace it no time – costing you double in the long run. And remember, you can always save by cutting back on features…If you plan to never leave the door unsupervised, or if you place the doggy door to the back garden which has better security, then a standard one is sufficient enough.


3: Right Dog Door Size

When choosing your size, consider the size of your dog and where you will be placing the doggie door. With regards to your dog size, your dog will need at least two inches of clearance to ensure it will be comfortable. If your dog is fully grown, measure your dog at it’s widest parts, either the shoulders, head or the hips. Then measure their height – remembering that your dog will bend his head slightly. If you have a puppy, then choose a dog door or a dog door replacement they can grow into.


4: Where to Install 

Choosing where to install your dog door will depend on the a few factors, including: budget, how much you want to spend on installation, and how flexible you need the doggie door placement to be. A glass one,  for example, will require a much simpler and less expensive installation than wall and door mounted doggie doors. But what if you don’t have a patio glass door, or the door leads to an area where you don’t want your pooch to roam? If you have the budget, then wall or door mounted dog doors are your best option. If you are looking for something that is DIY-friendly to save some cash then go for a doggy door replacement door latch such as LockLatch.

We hope that these four tips bring you closer to choosing the perfect option or dog door replacement for you and your four-legged friends. One more suggestion before we go, try a temporary latch or use a cardboard cut out to ensure the door will not only fit your dog, but they will be comfortable using it. It could save you a fortune on installing a door that doesn’t fit or that your dog may refuse to use!


Have some tips of your own? Comment below or email us at [email protected]


Further reading:

A Guide to Find Measurements for Your Dog

Cat Flap Buying Guide

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