Dear Daisy Dog
We are thinking about installing a doggie door so our dogs have access to the fenced yard when we’re gone. Can you give us any advice?
We have a doggie door, and my brothers use it, but I refuse. Those who know me understand why I like having someone open the door and greet me when I come in.
Our dog door is heavy Plexiglas in an insulated aluminum frame that keeps out cold winter drafts.
However, it is lightweight enough that Christopher Cat, who was never shown how to use it, can open it. I have seen him sneak out when Mom wasn’t looking.
One night, he brought in a vole, which he gave to my canine brother Sam. Sam woke Mom to show off his prize, but when she put her hand in Sam’s mouth to remove it, the vole bit her.
After that, the steel security plate covered the doggie door at night.
If you have indoor cats as adventurous as Christopher, consider an electronic door that opens only when triggered by a special dog collar.
If your dogs bark when they are outside, call them in and lock the dog door before you go away so they won’t bother the neighbors.
And if you live where children might tease your dogs – or if your neighborhood is in any other way unsafe – don’t let your dogs play in the yard unsupervised.