Buying a Patio Pet Door

by caniwi

The best type of Patio Pet Door to buy when you have an active dog in the house

Do you have an active dog in your household?

Is she driving you nuts with her constant whining to step outside?

You do?

Well so do we…

Her name is Casey and she's our prized English Bulldog. Yes, I know English Bulldogs have some less than appealing features;

  • They snore 
  • They bark
  • They "toot"
  • They smell stink

But the absolute worst feature of Casey is that she needs to go in and out of the house all day long. 

Out to pee, out to bark, out to snooze under the apple tree's, out to chase squirrels, out to bark at the birds around the bird feeder, out to harass the neighbours dog through the fence, and on and on….

All things that are quite normal for a dog I guess, but each time she has to go out someone has to get up and let her out, and in our house that someone is ME! The novelty of owning a dog sure wears off after you've opened the patio door for the seventeenth time (it's not even noon yet!)

Casey - Our Pride & Joy
Casey - Our Pride & Joy

Summer is not bad....

...but winter is not so good

Don't you love your dog?

Getting up and down to let the dog out during the summer months is not too bad, as it is in the spring and fall, but as you can see we live in a part of the world that gets a real winter.

We'll get temperatures that get into the -30's (and that's Celsius!) so overtime you open up a door to let a dog out, you also let out a blast of warm air out, and it get's replaced by a blast of frigid outside air.

Next minute you hear the furnace kick in and you know your gas bill's going to be huge again this month.

Finding The Solution

A PetSafe Patio Pet Door

We have a set of double sliding patio doors coming off our family rooms, and onto the deck that faces our backyard. Most of our time is spent in that family room as it offers a view of our favourite place, the back yard and flower gardens, our bird feeders, hanging baskets, and the apple trees under which we have the grand kid's Winchester Out Door Playhouse set up.

It appeared that if we were going to install any type of "doggie door", that this would be the ideal place to install it, and I set out to research what would be the best type, and how much expertise it would require to install it.

I'm a DYI'er

I enjoy doing my own home handyman projects so it was important that we find a model that was designed for the average guy, as I really didn't want to have to hire a tradesman. Though not particularly talented in that regard, I can manage fairly simple projects.

Some Online Research

My friend Google game in handy, and a simple search for the term "best patio pet door" bought back lots of options. After an hour or two of reading manufacturers claims and reviews by past purchasers, one model really stood out, the PetSafe Patio Pet Door.

Petsafe dog door
Petsafe dog door

It was Easier Than I Thought...

...& I never even had to call for help

Actually I kind of surprised myself as installing the PetSafe Patio Pet Door was nowhere near as difficult as I thought. I dedicated an entire weekend to complete the installation but actually had the entire job completed by Saturday evening.

The instructions that came with the purchase were clear and concise, and I actually had all the tools I needed, so never had to do my usual running down to the local Co-op hardware store to but another tool, (that often cost more than the project did!)

We only had to show Casey how to push the flap to enter and exit it a couple of times, and then she was running through it willy nilly, and all day long.

The heat bill will be down

Surprisingly the seals on the door are very well designed, and though a tiny draught is present if the wind is howling outside, the PetSafe model is pretty well sealed, and I'm sure we'll see a big difference in the heating bill this winter.

I can't express how much more enjoyable owning a pet has become since installing the PetSafe Patio Pet Door.

  • Casey's ecstatic
  • My Wife is ecstatic
  • I'm ecstatic

Why didn't I do this years ago!

Buying a Patio Pet Door

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Updated: 04/08/2012, caniwi
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