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How to Install A Doggy Door Into a Wall

If you feel like you're a doorman for your pets, you are not alone. Having pets is a great idea, but what comes after is something not many of us are prepared for. Entertaining your pets is as important as feeding them and looking after their well being. The most annoying part comes when you have to open and close the door over and over again throughout the day.

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If your pets have a restless soul as most do, you should install a doggy door and be relieved of your doorman duties. The constant in and out of the house can be a nuisance. It also brings in a lot of dirt every time your exterior door opens.

A doggy door is a small portal installed in an exterior wall or door that gives your pet the freedom to come and go as they please. A pet door installation relieves you of the doorman duties as the pet can go in and out on its own without you having to open the door for it.

Here is the guide that will help you find and install a doggy door for an in-wall installation.

Step 1: Know The Size of Your Pet

The first thing you have to figure out before getting a dog door or cat door is to know the size of your pet. This is the most important part because you don't want to get a door in the wrong size. The last thing you want to see is your pet being stuck in the middle; half inside the house and half outside, just like in the cartoons. As funny as it sounds, this really happens quite frequently with the wrong dog door installation. People often make the mistake of getting a doggy door by estimating the size. They only find out that it's the wrong size after they fix it in the wall, only to see their pet getting stuck in the middle.

All pets vary significantly in size. Thus, you can't get a door of the same size as your friend's. So, get a measuring tape and measure your dog. An excellent guideline for getting the perfectly sized doggy door is to get one that is 2 inches wider than your pet. This way, the sides of the door frame won't scrape against your pet. The opening height should also be 2 inches taller than your pet so that the top edge does not hurt their back. For this, measure the pet's height from the top of your pet’s shoulder to their feet. If you have a puppy, do your best to predict how big they will grow to be

If you follow the guideline, you will be able to get the best pet door that is comfortable for your pet to use. Also, the 2 inches we kept extra is in case your pet gains some extra pounds. There is a large variety of doggy doors in the market with lots of different sizes. You can find doors in sizes from 5' by 8' to 13' by 23'. You will easily be able to find a dog flap pet door that is perfect for your pet. Search our site to find the perfect door for your pet. 

Step 2: Choose the Wall You Want to Install the Door In

The second step is to find the wall you will be installing the in-wall dog door in. When choosing the wall, you have to be extremely careful about your pick. Walls can be a sensitive spot as many have wirings and plumbing hidden underneath them. Don't just take a hammer and start making a hole in the first wall you see.

Before you drill holes or make any cuts, make sure there is no plumbing or wiring you will be cutting into. Use a stud finder to find any stray wall studs or leftover drill bits stuck in your drywall. You can cause severe damage to your home and power tools if you do not. 

Choose a wall for your pet door cut out towards which you want your pet to go. The placement of the hole has to be tactical, so it leads your pet in the right direction. For instance, if you want your pet to go to the spot where it poops, then place your doggy hole somewhere, it's easily accessible. Also, for the entrance in the house, your pet shouldn't just enter anywhere or in the no-go areas. The placement of the door is of the utmost importance.

Step 3: The Hole in the Wall

After picking the perfect spot for your pet to go in and out from, you should start taking measurements and cutting your way through the wall. Another thing you have to be cautious about is the thickness of the wall and the pet door frame you have chosen to install.

The thickness of the wall varies, and so does the design of your wall entry doggy door. You should be careful about choosing the right plan that fits perfectly in the wall. Many people make the mistake of not being mindful about the widths of the wall and the door, because of which they end up with loose doors that come out sooner than they should. The loose fittings also damage the wall and the doggy door.

If you have an extreme weather pet door, having a good fit is important to ensure its energy efficiency and weatherproof value.

When you get the doggy door, you should first try to dry fit-it and look for any discrepancies. Before you fit it in the wall for good, look out for all the parts and make sure you have all the tools you need for this project.

After having everything under control, it's time you take measurements on the wall and start cutting it. You can use a  jigsaw to cut vertical and horizontal lines to make your cut out.  Be careful while using sharp tools, and don't cut yourself. You should also take care of the wall and not damage it in the process of installing a doggy door. The last thing you want is to pay for the damages on the wall.

Fix both the inner frame and the outer frame firmly in the cavity, so it doesn't come out. You should also consider using caulk when fixing in the frames. It will seal the joint and prevent any unwanted air leaks around your wall mount.

Step 4: Finish The Work 

Once the hole has been cut, fit the doggy door inside it and make sure all the fittings are done correctly. The door is going to be used several times a day. It should be perfectly fit, in case your pet keeps bumping in it.

It is time for you to teach your pet how to use the new control gate you have installed. Once you install it, you will realize how relieved you will be. It is a real blessing in disguise, and your pet will always appreciate you for it.

Grace Fuh

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Digital Marketing Specialist

Pets: I have a bunny named Henry and he spends a lot of time munching— like me!
Fun stuff: I like to make art in my free time.

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