How to Install a Pet Door

Helpful pet door installation tips

Pet doors are a great way to give your dog or cat more freedom, and they eliminate the incessant barking or meowing that happens when your pet wants to go outside. In most cases, pet doors exit to the home's back yard, but you can put them anywhere that makes sense. You can even add them to interior doors so your pet can travel through the various rooms of your home as it pleases. This task requires only a few basic tools and supplies, including a saw, drill, pencil, tape and the pet door installation kit included with your purchase.

Step-by-Step Guide to Pet Door Installation

This is a fairly easy task that even novice do-it-yourselfers can handle. Here are the steps:

  1. Check to make sure the pet door installation kit has all the components it should. Beyond the actual pet door, it should come with hinges, frames and a template.
  2. Use the template to mark the outline of the pet door on the door you're going to install it on.
  3. Drill a hole on the outline of the door to give you a place to start sawing, and saw your way through your door until you finish creating the gap.
  4. Position the inside frame of the pet door around the gap you created in the previous step. Fasten it into place with nuts and bolts. (You may require the assistance of another person to complete this step, as it's very difficult to hold the inside frame in place while you're trying to secure it.)
  5. Add the hinges to the inside frame of the pet door.
  6. Install the outside frame of the pet door, and test it to make sure there's enough ground clearance.

Once you've installed the door, you will need to train your pet to use it. The best way to do this is to place your pet's favorite treats on the other side of the door and call your pet out to come and get them. Most dogs or cats learn very quickly that they can use the pet door to go inside and outside as they please.