Many times, we expect our pets to conform to our schedules and keep them waiting until we are ready to let them out, or let them back inside the house. In the past, this dilemma was solved by cutting a flap into the main door, to let the pet or pets in and out when they wanted. However, this solution was far from ideal, as it let in other animals, and in bad weather, let in wind and rain from outside, not to mention things from the street.
Electronic pet doors are today’s solution to these problems. There are two major types of electronic doors. The first type uses motion-detector sensors, while the second type uses sensors that detect electromagnetic fields. While the first type is operated based on the use of an innovative motion-detector sensor that recognizes the movements of the pet and differentiates them from those of humans, the second type is based on the recognition of an electromagnetic signal that is sent from the collar unit worn by the pet.
The electronic pet doors are plugged into a power supply, via a nearby outlet, and your pets are fitted with electronic ‘keys’, commonly attached to their collars. In the event your pets want to go outside, or come back in from outside, with absolutely no fuss, the door automatically opens to allow them access and closes securely behind them.
Since the door is keyed only to your pet, no other animal will be able to sneak into your house while not wearing an electronic key to that particular electronic pet door. This is also an ideal solution if you want to grant access to say, your dog, but not your cat. Or if you have a baby in the house that could try to crawl out through the flap in the door, the electronic pet door will not open.
As well, it is perfect for those that do not fancy getting up at 3 am to open the door to let out their pet. Before getting an electronic pet door fixed, you need to take into account the size of your pet, or pets. The door needs to be large enough for your largest pet to be able to move comfortably through it.
Typically, it needs to be about 2 inches wider than your largest pet, on either side. Also, if your pet is still in the process of growing and is likely to get bigger in the future, you need to consider that as well. Your pets will, needless to say, probably need some training to be able to comfortably use the electronic pet door on their own, especially if they are used to crying or barking for you to let them out. Another consideration to think about is the consistency of your power supply, since electronic doors rely on power to work.
Electronic doors are obviously more expensive than regular pet doors, ranging from $60 for a pet door for a small pet to $250 and above. You would also be paying for installation. However, when you balance the dependability and ease of use of an electronic pet door against its cost, it is, doubtless, an option worth considering.