Tired of rushing home to take Fido outside all the time? Installing a pet door is a great solution. Your pet can go out as many times as he wants to relieve himself with ease, and freedom for your pet means more flexibility in your hectic schedule. She can also go out to enjoy time outdoors and not get stir crazy. Pet doors are not as complicated as you may think. You can easily install one yourself. You just have to remember these four steps!
1. Measure and Weigh Your Pet
Before you shop out a pet door, measure the width and height of your pet. The height is determined by measuring from the feet to the shoulders while your pet is standing up. It is okay for your pet to crouch a bit while he walks through the door. The width is measured across and by the circumference of his waist. If you have more than one pet, measure each one and go by the largest pet’s measurements if you plan to get only one pet door. Once one pet is trained to use it, the others will likely follow suit.
2. Weigh Your Pet
Weigh each of your pets, too. Factoring in their weight will help you determine how long the door will last while in use. You do not want to get something that is not built for your pets’ weight and you have to replace it sooner than you wanted to. That is why it is important to mind the weight rating when you’re comparing product information.
3. Practice with Cardboard
Next, practice the concept with your pet by using a cardboard box. Cut out a square hole that is a little wider and a little shorter than she is. Reward her with treats when she walks through the opening so she feels more comfortable with the idea. By the time you get the real deal, it will be a piece of cake for her!
4. Get a Good Door!
Last but not least, it’s important to get a quality pet door. It’s considered a permanent fixture of your home, so you’ll want to buy one made with quality materials that will last a long time.
Freedom for Arvo and You
The best part about a pet door is that it totally pays for itself. Once it is in, it does the work for you! Now you and your pet can enjoy the freedom that it provides. It is healthier for your pet, easier on you, and a win-win for everyone in the family.