When installing a pet door into your door you will want pay particular attention to the placement of the pet door so that it is positioned correctly to adequately fit the pet or pets that will be using it. Often customers will want to try to fit the frame of a pet door within a panel or design on the door. When you try to do this, very often the pet door is no longer situated correctly for the pet to use safely.
We strongly recommend that you size your pet door not only to fit your dog now, but also for the future as they become older and less mobile.
Panel / Uneven Surface Doors
As you can see from these images, customers have the best luck when installing a pet door in the center of the door, regardless of any panel design or irregular surface. A rule of thumb is keep any cut in your door minimum of 2 inches away from the bottom edge of the door. You will not want to compromise the strength of the door. Position the pet door so that optimally you have 1.5 to 2 inches for the pet opening to clear the tallest pet's shoulders. This is important as they will run through the pet opening as they become used to it and you will want to have them avoid hitting their back or even worse crouching down when navigating the opening.
When installed a pet door into a panel surface door, you will need to caulk around the perimeter of the frame to fill in any gaps. If you use a silicone base caulk it will remain pliable for many years. Other outdoor caulking materials can dry and crack especially if in direct sunlight. If your door requires you to remove the frame later on to replace the flaps, a silicone caulk can easily be removed with a putty knife and then reapplied after you install your replacement flaps. We recommend a fine bead of caulk around the external frame of the pet door on flat surface doors as well.
The tools you will use for installing a pet door are pretty basic. We find that a majority of our customers have no problem with the installation themselves. Moore Pet Supplies offers listings by state of pet door installers that you can contact if you are not comfortable yourself with the task. These installers are not affiliated with Moore Pet Supplies, we only offer their contact information as a convenience to our customers. If you are going the route of hiring an installer, give us a call and get the dog door of your choosing. This way you have a product that will work adequately for your pets and also meet your personal criteria for performance. If your installer has any question during the install process, please have them give us a call and we can assist, we are open 7 days a week.
Moore Pet Supplies offers two installation kits that will provide you with all the necessary items you may need to install a pet door into a door. With our Basic Install Kit we assume you have the tools for the job, if not, then our Deluxe Install Kit will provide just about everything you need. We have purposefully keep these install kits priced very conservatively as a service for our customers, we think you will agree you will not find better prices anywhere!
We encourage customers to call us with any questions or concerns. Our Customer Service Team can provide any information from product details and sizing requirements to installation guidance 1-800-829-7876.