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5 Security Tips for Doggy Door

Pet doors are convenient both for pet freedom and home security. With the doggy door installed, your dog is at liberty to roam around your compound, whether you are in or not. The doors help to maintain your house’s cleanliness and evade possible accidents.

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However, not only the dog has access through the door. Intruders and unwanted animals can also use the entryway and if not curtailed can result in theft. Below we discuss some of the safety precautions when installing the doors and combat access by critters.

Install the appropriate door size on the wall- Pet doors should be installed on a wall and not the doors. Such installations block the thieves from reaching the door`s lock through the flap. Additionally, the door should be of an exact size with your dog`s height and width. No person can equate the size of a pet, and hence anyone trying to pass through the doggy door gets a very uncomfortable time. You may think that anytime your dog sniffs a newcomer trying to get access through its door it will scare them off, but this is not always the case. Most thieves are aware of such events and come armed with mace or pepper spray to subdue the dogs. It is hence vital to only install fitting dog doors.

Install security cameras and timed lights- CCTVs are way better than motion sensors but work perfectly together. The view of a camera overlooking your doggy door makes burglars feel insecure. If you are tight on budget, there is an option for fake cameras. The devices are clowns of security cameras, but typical intruders cannot differentiate both. Some even light up when operating to confuse the thieves more.

You can also install timer lights in the room opening to the pet door. The lights go on and off at specific intervals even when you are not around. This is enough mind game to critters and potential burglars as they cannot know whether your home is occupied or not.

Install the door in a private place- All pet doors should be installed in discreet locations. You can fit them in your backyard door or some corner in your house where no one can suspect. This reduces the vulnerability of your house and increases intruder tension because no one wants to waste their time searching for the door. You can also put the ‘beware dog post’ on your property to further scare the robbers. 

Install security features on the door- First, your doggy door needs to be alarmed. You should measure your dog’s weight and install automatic sensors that trip in case a heavier object than the registered weight attempts to by-pass the door. Secondly, you can install motion sensor lights. These lights sense any movement around the doggy door area and light up. The lights scare night-time intruders and increases their visibility.

Install technologically advanced pet doors- Pet door manufacturers have upgraded most of their products to meet the technological needs and still serve their purpose right. The new doors are similar to traditional ones but have strengthened security features. Some have keyholes and hinges, and users can lock them from the inside when not in use. However, the doors only protect your home from intruders but limit your dog’s movement. Some of these doors include:

  • Steel strengthened pet door covers- If you need a sturdier door, steel covered doors are your best bet. Steel covers are easy to install, fit in all pet door models and are of exact sizes with your pet door. The covers have an automatic lock system and rigid bolts installed on the inside, hence they cannot be unbolted easily from the outside. Its hinges are submerged in the door frame making it impossible to dismantle it when locked. Installing such covers on your pet penetrations is enough security assurance.
  • RFID pet doors- Radiofrequency technology is also a common security feature in the pet door industry. Your dog is mounted with a unique tab on the neck, and a sensor installed on the door. When the dog is at a cross-range with the door, it opens automatically. This technology is very appropriate as it keeps your home secure and at the same time doesn’t limit your dog`s freedom. These doors are more expensive than the regular flaps but are a worthwhile investment to security-cautious pet owners.
  • Smart doors- These days, everybody has access to a smartphone and applications to assist in-home monitoring are coming up every day. This eases surveillance of the homes from any place. The apps allow the pet door to send notifications anytime it is accessed. Some are even synchronized with CCTV cameras, and you can view images around your pet door through your phone.

If you have a pet, it is a necessity that you install a pet door that allows the doggy to access the outside whether you are in or absent. The pet doors are however enough openings for trespassers and can lead to theft. The techniques discussed above are the best in safeguarding your home and ensure your pup is free.