Teaching your dog to use a dog door

Teaching your Dog to Use a Dog Door If your dog needs a little help learning to use the dog door, there are several methods you can use to teach him to go in and out comfortably.   The Fast Track If you have another dog (or if you can borrow a dog) who knows how to go in and out the dog door, your dog can learn to go through the door by following the other dog. Give it a try!   Before you choose a method for teaching your dog to use his dog door, here are a few tips that will help with his training: ·         If you’re installing your dog door in a door, you may find it helpful to start out by leaving your dog in his confinement area with the door open first. You can start this part of the training even before the dog door is installed. This way, he’ll get used to enjoying indoor/outdoor access and he’ll be more motivated to go in and out the dog door once you start leaving the human door closed. ·         When training your dog to go through his dog door, be especially careful not to let the flap hit him in the early part of training. If this has happened or if your dog is a fearful dog or seems very worried about using his dog door, you may find it helpful to use duct tape to tape the flap of his dog door all the way up for the first several days so he gets used to going in and out without being scared...

More about our pet door installations

The four main types of pet door installations that Affordable Pet Doors Melbourne do are as follows:   Pet door installation into timber doors. For pet door installation into timber doors the brand that we use for this is the Pig In Mud brand (also known as the Ideal brand in the USA). After using several different brands we have found that this brand is one of the sturdiest, and is built with it’s own inner frame. Some other brands require an inner frame to be built, which sometimes may not be as strong, once installed, as a pet door that is manufactured with the frame as part of the overall pet door. The first of the three Pig In Mud sizes that we stock is “Medium”. The Pig In Mud company labels the size of this pet door a “medium” but the size is generally suitable for smaller dogs such as a Chihuahua, Maltese Terrier or Shih Tzu. The next size up that we stock is what the brand calls the “Extra Large” size, and is generally suitable for medium sized dogs such as a Staffie, Kelpy or a normal sized Labrador. The largest size up that we stock is the Pig In Mud “Super Large” size and this size is recommended for very large dogs such as Rottweilers, German Shepherds or a larger Labrador that has had too many desserts!   Pet door installation into security doors. For pet door installation into security doors we use the Petway brand and also the Pig In Mud brand. There are two main differences with these brands. The Petway brand is...

The benefits of aligned pet doors in your timber and security doors.

  Increase your security by installing an aligned pet door package.   Many people aren’t aware that it is possible to have both a pet door in their timber door and also a pet door in their security door which aligns: making it possible for the pet to go through both the timber and security doors to get outside.  Affordable Pet Doors offers a range of aligned pet door packages from two different brands; giving our customers quite a few options to choose from. If you have both a timber and security door together and only have a pet door in one , it means that you would either  need to leave one door open permanently – giving you a lesser level of security; or you would need to constantly let your pet out – which can be annoying.  The benefit of the aligned pet doors is that it alleviates these problems. The two brands that we offer are Petway – the less expensive of the two; Petway pet doors are made from UV-stabilised plastic and as such are tough and can survive the heat of Australian summers. The other option is the Pig In Mud pet doors – the Pig In Mud pet door for timber doors is made from a UV-stabilised plastic that is also very sturdy, and the Pig In Mud pet door for the security door is made from aluminium alloy. There is a small difference in price, but both brands are sturdy and last a long time. When installing the pet doors we ensure that they are aligned correctly. This means that the flaps from either...

Reasons your pet isn’t using their pet door

A pet door is a great solution for active pets and their owners who aren’t always home.  While there are many benefits to having a pet door, sometimes your pets won’t take to them for a variety of reasons.  Here are some of the most common reasons:   The Pet Door Has Been Installed Too High Or Too Low This is usually more of a problem for dogs. Generally when a pet door is installed, it should be at least 5cm above the dog’s shoulder height.  If it is not, some dogs will crouch down to go through.  Whereas other dogs just won’t go through at all.  The solution is to have the door reinstalled higher. Conversely, if the door has been installed too high, the dog may not be able to get through the door, or may feel that they don’t have the ability to get through.  The solution is to have the door reinstalled lower.   The Pet Door Is Too Small Sometimes due to miscalculation, the pet door is too small for your pet.  Or sometimes the pet has grown larger than expected.  The result may be that your pet is not able to fit through the door, or is too big to feel comfortable using it.   Your Pet Is Afraid Of The Pet Door Some animals can be very fearful of the unfamiliar.  A new pet door an be intimidating for some pets, causing them to shy away and avoid it.  You can help alleviate it this by encouraging them gently to use the pet door.  Initially, it is handy to hold the flap up...

The benefits of having a pet door

Pet doors have many benefits for both the home owner and also the pet.  Here are some good reasons to have Affordable Pet Doors Melbourne install a pet door for you: Comfort for your cat or dog, and fewer accidents.   Having a pet door installed means that your pets won’t create a mess inside your house.  It also means that they won’t be uncomfortable having to hold on before being let out. Convenience for the home owner.  Having a pet door installed means you no longer have to play doorman and constantly let your pets in or out. iIt also means you won’t be woken in the middle of the night by your pets wanting to go outside. Exercise.  Many pets don’t get the required amount of exercise that they need.  Access to a yard means that they can play and run outside, keeping them healthy and happy. Great mental stimulation.  Access to a yard or play area means that your pet’s mind is kept stimulated by their outside environment. Helps with boredom related behaviour.  Bored or stressed pets will sometimes display behavioural problems by chewing on couches or eating into other soft furnishings, aswell as trying to get into cupboards and things that are locked away.  ...

Adopting a dog from an animal shelter

The RSPCA and animal shelters always have lots of  dogs that need to be adopted out.  As such, there is a great chance to find an pet that suits yours and your family’s lifestyle.  Generally, about 25% of animal shelter dogs are purebred.  The rest make up a selection  of unique, one-of-a-kind mixed breeds; many of these dogs have previously lived with families and have the social skills needed to be a wonderful part of the household. Shelters have lovable dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages. Your chances of finding a wonderful companion who matches your lifestyle and family are excellent! About 25% of shelter dogs are purebred. The rest make up the best selection anywhere of unique, one-of-a-kind mixed breeds, many of whom have already lived with families and have the basic social skills they need to become an enjoyable part of your household. Why Adopt a Dog from the RSPCA or an animal shelter? You Can Help Save Lives One of the most heartwarming things about adopting a dog from the RSPCA or an animal shelter is that you’re saving their life and giving them a wonderful new home.  Dogs that are adopted out from animal shelters are especially  appreciative of the new lease of life that you’re giving them, which creates a wonderful bond with you and the dog.  Of course, your adoption fees benefit many other animals and assist the shelter to stay open. Shelter Dogs Make Wonderful Pets Unfortunately, many dogs end up in animal shelters for lots of different reasons.  Some are victims of a death in the family, illness, or a move to...

A cat flap means no more sleepless nights!

We all love our pets, including our cats,  but it can  be an inconvenience to have to get up and let them outside.  This is even more true if you have  to get up in the middle of the night and let them out – it can interrupt sleep patterns and leave us very tired the following day.  However, if you have a cat flap installed, your cats can go outside to the toilet without you having to be doorman – allowing you to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep. There are several other benefits to having a cat flap installed: It means that your cats have less accidents inside that you have to clean up. It allows the cat to go outside when you’re not home and get some exercise. Playing outside also mentally stimulates your cat – ensuring a healthier and happier cat! If you have any questions about cat flaps or would like to make a booking – please contact us here at Affordable Pet Doors Melbourne on 0401 288 846....

Pet Doors for Older Dogs

As dogs and cats get older, like humans they aren’t as sprightly as they used to be, and they can unfortunately suffer from different ailments which may require a change of pet door.   Some dogs have had arthritis so we’ve put in a new pet door at a very low level to make it easy for the dog to get through.  Some have never had a pet door, but as they’ve got older they need to go out more – often in the middle of the night. Here are some factors that may help when having a pet door installed for an older animal (or one that is getting older): Preferably the flap should not be too heavy, as the animal may not have as much strength when they get older to go through the door. A transparent flap is ideal – this allows the pet  to see outside and where they are going to. Location – ideally there should not be more than about 12cm that the animal has to step up to; if there are big steps near the back door then a solution  may be putting some small blocks or steps in to provide easier access. And as previously mentioned – ensuring the pet door is not installed too high off the ground.  To protect the structure of the door, generally the minimum a door can be installed at is around 7 or 8 cm from the bottom of the door. These are just a few suggestions to consider and if you have any questions please feel free to call or email us about the best option for your senior...

Summer is here! Time for a pet door into your security door?

Many people have a pet door in their timber back door, but leave the adjoining security door ajar so that their pets can get in and out.  Once summer comes this may become a problem, as they now want the timber door open, but having the security door ajar lets the flies in. It is then a good time to look at also having a pet door put into the security door. The two main brands on the Australian market – Petway and Pig In Mud – and both are sturdy.  The frame for the Petway brand is made of UV resistant thermoplastic, while the frame for Pig In Mud is made from a tempered aluminium alloy (and therefore is a bit more expensive). Unlike some other brands, both brands have transparent flaps, which allows your pets see where they are going out to.  This is particularly helpful for older animals whose sight may not be as good as when they were younger.  Both brands also have  flaps that provide a good seal from flies and insects getting in during the hot weather.  What an ideal solution!  ...