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If this is a load-bearing wall you'll want to frame the pet door in, just like you would a window. This will allow you to properly carry the load down, and around the pet door. The king studs should go all the way from the top plate, down to the bottom plate. The header will be made up of 1/2" plywood/OSB, sandwiched between two 2x4s. If you don't want ...


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Forget securing the door, and install a security system with a motion sensor. Put labels up outside saying there is a security system (some people only put labels up, and don't have a real system). Even if you have a door with a locking mechanism, if someone manages to defeat it (eg, kicks it open) or you forget to lock it, you still have the alarm go off. ...


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They make locks for the doors that only unlock when the collar worn by the dog is within a few feet. There's this product: http://www.petdoors.com/cat-mate-electronic-cat-doors.html . It's a cat door, but it works on the same principle. Also, most of these you can set to 'allow onyl departures' or 'only arrivals' as well. - might not be applicable to ...


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A search for "electronic dog door" and/or "selective dog door" turns up several products ranging from $80 to $200 (though they are others that go up to $500), depending on size you need, for example: PetSafe SmartDoor Dog Mate Electromagnetic Dog Door - Has settings for locked, in/out, in-only, and out-only. Up to 14" shoulder height. There's lots of ...


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When I was growing up we had a simple system on the dog door into our garage, it was 1/4" thick steel plate that was slightly larger than the opening and a set of rails on two sides and the bottom of the door. When we were away and wanted to secure the door, we simply slid the plate into the slides with the handle that was on the back, and flipped a hasp ...


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Very interesting problem. It seems to me that if you REALLY want to keep the cats inside (no slip ups, as we would want with our cats) then there is not a simple solution. If the cats get along with the dogs (I am assuming they do), then when the dog with the magnetic collar (or RFID, or whatever) gets near and activates the door, the cat could quickly dart ...


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Questions you need to answer: Does your cat fit? we ended up buying a small dog door for our enormous cat. Can your cat figure out how to go through the door? Ours eventually was able to get through, but would bolt in/out because his tail would get caught otherwise. Some cats never figure out the flap-kind. Try it out in a local store if they'll let you ...


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If your door is installed in a wall [ONLY] - go to home depot and get a metal pole about 2" thick and about 12" taller than the top of the dog door [to the floor]. Core a 2 1/2" thick hole into your slab approximately far enough away to allow your dog to get into and out of the dog door without a problem, but close enough that a person can't get their body ...


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I am guessing that this is an exterior wall which means it is load bearing. You will probably have to put in a stud on each side of the dog door and carry the load of the stud you are cutting to the outer two studs... So then you will generally have to rip out a small section of drywall and do a little work - frame like installing a window. This is ...


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The short answer is yes, it can be made larger, but the complexity of this depends on a number of factors. What is the exterior of your house? Stucco can be cut through easily, brick would require a lot of chiseling How much larger is the new door? If it exceeds the distance between studs (16"), then some additional framing is needed. This might also ...


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Yes, of course how much work it is depends on how big the door needs to be. If the door needs to be wider than ~15 inches, you will most likely have to deal with studs (16" on center is standard) which can introduce a whole new, but not unsolvable, challenge. Otherwise it is just a matter of cutting a bigger hole in the wall.


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A variation of the pole in the floor is a little more elaborate but less likely to create a crack in the garage floor or other damage. I saw a neighbor of a friend's system, a police captain in Washington DC, who had installed a short 3/4 inch plywood wall parallel to the garage wall and just far enough from the original wall to allow the flap to open and ...


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I trained my dog from darting out the front door by placing a spray bottle full of water by the door. Every time I left and the dog was too close, I sprayed just a little water on his face. I placed the water bottle on my porch so that when I got home and he was right at the door, he got a little spray on the face and backed up. It worked perfectly, and I ...



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