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Home Improvement  /  May 7, 2020

Are You Planning to Install a Doggy Door?

At a time when everybody is encouraged to stay indoors, certain activities that used to be part of day-to-day life might no longer be available. One of the most affected parties of these recent turn of events are our pets who might be growing restless from the sudden lack of outdoor exercise. For homeowners with large backyards, the solution is to install something that can allow Rover to roam in and out of your home without having to disturb you every minute.

Doggy doors can provide pets access to your backyard area for when they’re feeling a little too stir crazy from being stuck at home with their humans. Luckily, installing these convenient doors is very easy. Before you do, however, you should keep the following in mind.

Curious Toddlers

When you have small children crawling around or just learning to walk, a big enough doggy door can pose some risks. Ensure that you’re installing the door in areas that children cannot access. If it’s a kitchen backdoor, install a childproof fence around the kitchen. Alternatively, you should also keep a close eye on your kids at all times as they are prone to all sorts of shenanigans.

Indoor Cats and Other Animals

For homeowners with an indoor cat, a doggy door can also mean access to the outside world. It will be particularly easy for a cat to tailgate a dog who’s about to go outside. A doggy door also means you’re opening up your home to potential wildlife like raccoons, squirrels, possums or more. Luckily, there are some doggy door models that can be opened or closed by an RFID chip in a pet’s collar, making it safer for you and your family.

Not an Alternative

Installing a doggy door should never be an excuse for responsible pet owners to completely forego exercising their dogs. Energetic pets need walks, and doing so can also strengthen the bond between the two of you. That said, it does make certain pet-related tasks like late-night pee urges that much more manageable.

Find everything you need to build a convenient doggy door in your home at Handyman Connection® of Grapevine, your trusted handyman shop. Give us a call at (817) 527-3600, or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate today.

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