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Installing a Pet Door for Summer


This time of year, I spend most of my day letting dogs in and letting dogs out. It’s annoying. Since I live in the hottest place of the world (in an environment that is actively trying to kill us), every single time I open the door, I let out about $30 worth of air-conditioned comfort.

My pets don’t really care about our loss of air conditioning – they would be totally content to stand in the doorway letting the cool air waft over them while they were warmed by the sun.

Their lack of empathy means I have to take precautions to conserve my air conditioned comfort. I don’t want to knock a hole in the wall, so what’s a girl to do? The answer is simple, really…

Petsafe has our favorite line of doors that install easily into the sliding door of your home. No walls to knock out, no air lost on your dog’s indecision, and decreased cooling costs. The line we most prefer is called the Freedom™ Patio Panel. This panel/door system slides right into your existing sliding door.

Sliding door inserts are an excellent way to see if a pet door is right for your pet and your lifestyle. Because since there’s no cutting, there’s no commitment; if you or your pets don’t like the door, simply remove it.

This means that my dogs can come in or go out at their will. I no longer have to get up and open the doors, waiting until they feel the urge to walk through.


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The install is very simple. Just slide the door in (they have springs that are loaded for an easy vertical fit), apply the weather stripping and you’re ready to use the door.

If you don’t have a sliding glass patio door, or don’t want to use your sliding door, Petsafe has some other amazing options. These include RFID chip readers for easier control of which pets are allowed outside, and some very “smart” doors that allows you to easily install a completely secured system that will not only allow specific pets of your own to go out, but will stop people, other people’s pets, and wildlife from coming in.


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If you have large dogs like we do, the first question you’ll probably ask is “what about security?”. Well, we asked it too. The thing is, these doors can all be locked up with a hard, plastic panel that slides in each night. There’s no worry of someone breaking in or crawling through your dog door.

We always recommend that your door open onto an Outdoor Enclosure, particularly if you have small dogs and ESPECIALLY if you have cats. Letting your pets roam out in the yard is becoming more and more dangerous with people stealing pets or the general risk of predators entering your yard and taking your dogs or cats. Stay safe by keeping your pets in a controlled environment.


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What about drafts? You ask.

Well, Petsafe has come up with a way to resolve problems with flaps. You can either pick up a glass door (which we prefer) or you can buy the dual flaps (both of which are easily changed out).

Freedom™ Patio Panel. Drafts can be a nuisance and we can understand how frustrated you must be. Please know that you can add an additional flap on your freedom style patio panel. Dual flaps are heavier and can help the flaps stay closed. You can find the replacement flaps at Amazon, Petsafe, or any of the retailers near you .


[note style=”5″ icon=”yes”]If you have a recessed sliding glass door, you will need a Patio Panel Kit for Recessed Door Frames (not included). For more information on recessed doors[/note]

Don’t let summer bring you down. Pet doors are not the old “knocked out wall panel”. They’ve become something much nicer, more luxurious, and designed to make you and your pets lives much simpler.

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