PetSafe Medium Door Kit
Perfect solution for our dogs
This is our second wall doggie door purchase from Dr's Foster & Smith. We bought the extra large wall kit a few years ago when we were living at a different larger mountain home and had a 96 pound Old English Sheepdog and three little dogs. Last fall we moved to a smaller mountain home with no doggie door at all. We decided we wanted to wait until spring when it was warmer to install another wall doggie door again since it worked great for us. In the meantime, we used a large glass panel type of doggie door that inserts into a sliding glass door, the kind you can buy from a large hardware store chain. We knew this was only going to be a 6 or 7 month temporary solution and we had saved the glass panel from before when we were living at our other house, before we purchased our first large wall doggie kit. We've experienced both types and the wall doggie door is by far superior for a number of reasons. Number one is the energy efficiency is significant. Living in the mountains, of course we get the extreme cold and the summer months can get quite hot at times too. The glass panel is single pane so this past winter we felt the cold air entering in that area since the entire house is double pane windows, including the sliding glass door. In addition, our sliding glass door is small so installing the glass panel reduced our access to about half the opening width. Luckily we are not big people but it also interfered with our view. Another minor complaint is the frame on the glass panel was white and the frame for our sliding glass door is ecru. None of our window frames are white. For a picky person like myself, it was a distraction as time went by. As it turns out, sadly our Old English Sheepdog passed away from health problems and old age in late April. After her passing, we decided we wanted to install a smaller wall doggie door for our 3 remaining small dogs. We decided that since we downsized with our house we would not have a large dog again so we went with the medium sized door kit. The medium size is designed for dogs up to 40 lbs and our "largest" small dog is 18 lbs. Plenty of room for him and the other smaller two to use. To remind ourselves of the instructions of the installation we watched the online video a couple of times. Our kit arrived on time as promised from Dr.'s Foster & Smith in good condition. We hardly read the instructions since we had installed one before and it took us about 3 hours to install from start to finish. In all fairness, half that time was because we needed to decide where to install it and, we had to cut a stud. This smaller house is 2 x 6 construction with 9" centers. If we would have had 16" centers we would not of had to cut a stud, then frame out the rough opening. Not a big deal but it did take some extra time. With our thicker walls, this kit worked perfectly. We absolutely love the end results and our little dogs took to the double flaps immediately since they had used the larger wall doggie door before in our other house. My husband and I have benefited from buying and installing this doggie door too. Now we have an unobstructed view through our smaller sliding glass doors, we have better energy efficiency for cold or warm weather, and we can comfortably enter or exit our sliding glass door. At night we kennel our small dogs and the sturdy panel lock that is included gives us peace of mind that wildlife won't enter our home. I do believe our small dogs prefer the wall kit also since we installed it lower to the floor for their size this time. It looks great from inside and outside. Oh, and one more point when comparing a glass panel insert versus the wall kit, it's quieter when the dogs enter or exit. The glass panel rattles unless you use a lot of weather stripping around all the edges. Also, not very attractive but it helps keep the rattle noise down and reduces the energy loss. The wall kit makes very little noise at all. If energy efficiency, quiet, and a hardly noticeable doggie door solution is what you are searching for then this may be it. Yes it takes a one time commitment of a couple of hours to install or hire someone to install it for you, but it is worth it. You'll get the satisfaction a great project/product and your dogs will use it every day. We wouldn't have purchased a second one from Dr.'s Foster & Smith if we were less than 100% happy with the products they sell.
June 1, 2015
this doggy door has awesome accessibility for our pets.
I love this doggy door! My 2 dogs really enjoy having this to use to enter in & out of their home...makes life less stressful now that my dogs can get in & out on their own while I am at work...My 25 lb cat, star uses it as well..
May 21, 2015
Nice item, but did I have fun! (NOT). First of all, we ordered a dog door that installed in our patio door. Great door, but we have a 6 foot patio door (sliding door), so when we installed it, we couldn't fit thru the door! Had to pay 30 bucks to ship it back.
So we got the door that installs in an outside wall. Again, very nice item. Then the fun began. I located a stud, as instructed, and began to cut the drywall out. And guess what? I ran into another stud that was too close to the first one for the door to fit in the wall. And it was a major job to cut thru that stud to make the space wide enough for the door to fit in. Finally got it done and all is well, except my Brittany is a big baby and hates the door, although she can get thru it fine with A LOT of encouragement! Like I said before, great quality products!
June 3, 2014
Throw out instrucions and go by template
The door turned out great but don't plan on the instructions, they are useless. We did our measurements and used the enclosed template. The dogs love it and go in and out all day and night. No more getting up in the night. Very nice and sturdy. Happy with purchase.
April 16, 2014