Do you have a fenced yard for your canine companion to patrol and chase squirrels around in? If so, that’s great! While Fido will still need daily walks for exercise and stimulation, it’s definitely nice to be able to let him out to do his business. One thing that can make this even easier is the dog door. But is this really a good idea? Here, a Pasadena, MD vet offers a few things to consider before purchasing one.
If you sometimes work late, and there is no one home to take your pooch out, a door may be a good way to let Fido relieve himself when he needs to. However, if there’s almost always someone home, it may not be needed.
While one would hope that our canine buddies would always be safe in their own yards, this unfortunately isn’t always the case. Letting Fido out unsupervised could increase the risk of him being hurt or stolen. With little dogs, you’ll also need to consider risks from above: many raptors can snatch smaller pups.
One reason some people are wary of dog doors is because of the risk of giving thieves an easy way into your home. This can be remedied by getting doors that respond to Fido’s microchip. These will only open when the chip is within a short distance. You’ll want to look into the various options before buying.
Some pups will figure out their own doors pretty quickly. Others? Not so much. You may need to work with your furry buddy in order for him to figure out his door.
There are several types of dog doors available. Some are best installed into other doors, while others can and/or should have a dedicated space. This, of course, means cutting a hole in your wall, which may be more than some people want. Renters may also need to get landlord permission.
Our canine pals are quite frisky, and they sometimes have a tendency to get into mischief. You definitely don’t want Fido chasing a skunk into the house, letting Fluffy out by mistake, or hauling in a dead squirrel he found in the yard!
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