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  1. Install a Doggy Door in the Wall

     

     

    How to Install a Dog door in a Wall

    If you feel like you’re a doorman for your pets, you are not alone. Having pets is a great idea but what comes after is something not many of us are prepared for. Entertaining your pets is as important as feeding them and looking after their well being. The most annoying part comes when you have to open and close the door over and over again, countless times throughout the day.

    If your pets have a restless soul like most do, you should install a doggy door and be relieved of your doorman duties. The constant in and out of the house can be a nuisance. It also brings in a lot of dirt every time the door opens.

    A doggy door is a small portal installed in a wall or door that allows your pet to enter and exit the house. Installing a doggie door relieves you of the doorman duties as the pet can go in and out on its own without you having to open the door for it.

    Here is the guide that will help you find and install a doggy door for your pet in your wall.

     

    1. Know the Size of Your Pet

    The first thing you have to figure out before getting a doggy door is to know the size of your pet. This is the most important part because you don’t want to get a door in the wrong size. The last thing you want to see is your pet being stuck in the middle; half inside the house and half outside, just like in the cartoons. As funny as it sounds, this really happens quite frequently with the wrong doggy door. People frequently make the mistake of getting a doggy door by estimating the size. They only find out that it’s the wrong size after they fix it in the wall, only to see their pet getting stuck in the middle.

    All pets vary significantly in size. Thus, you can’t get a door of the same size as your friend’s. So, get a measuring tape and measure your dog. An excellent guideline for getting the perfectly sized doggy door is to get one that is 2 inches wider than your pet. The opening height should also be 2 inches taller than your pet. For this, measure the pet’s height from the top of the shoulder to its feet.

    If you follow the guideline, you will be able to get a doggy door that is comfortable for your pet to use. Also, the 2 inches we kept extra is in case your pet gains some extra pounds. There is a large variety of doggy doors in the market with lots of different sizes. You can find doors in sizes of 5’ by 8’ to 13’ by 23’. You will easily be able to find one that is perfect for your pet.

     

    2. Choose the Wall You Want to Install the Door In

    The second step is to find the wall you will be installing the doggy door in. When choosing the wall, you have to be extremely careful about your pick. Walls can be a sensitive spot as many have wirings and plumbing hidden underneath them. Don’t just take a hammer and start making a hole in the first wall you see.

    Choose a wall towards which you want your pet to go. The placement of the hole has to tactical so it leads your pet in the right direction. For instance, if you want your pet to go to the spot where it poops, then place your doggy hole somewhere it’s easily accessible. Also, for the entrance in the house, your pet shouldn’t just enter anywhere or in the no-go areas. The placement of the door is of the utmost importance.

     

    3. The Hole in the Wall

    After picking the perfect spot for your pet to go in and out from, you should start taking measurements and cutting your way through the wall. Another thing you have to be cautious about is the thickness of the wall and the frame you have chosen to install.

    The thickness of the wall varies and so does the design of your doggy door. You should be careful about choosing the right design that fits perfectly in the wall. Many people make the mistake of not being mindful about the widths of the wall and the door, because of which they end up with loose doors that come out sooner than they should. The loose fittings also damage the wall and the doggy door.

    When you get the doggy door, you should first try to dry fit-it and look for any discrepancies. Before you fit it in the wall for good, look out for all the parts and make sure you have all the tools you need for this project.

    After having everything under control, its time you take measurements on the wall and start cutting it. Be careful while using the sharp tools and don’t cut yourself. You should also take care of the wall and not damage it in the process of installing a doggy door. The last thing you want is to pay for the damages on the wall.

    Fix both the inner frame and the outer frame firmly in the cavity so it doesn’t come out. You should also consider using caulk when fixing in the frames. It will seal the joint and prevent any unwanted air leaks.

     

    4. Finish the Work

    Once the hole has been made, fit the doggy door inside it and make sure all the fittings are done correctly. The door is going to be used several times a day. It should be perfectly fit, in case your pet keeps bumping in it.

    It is time for you to teach your pet how to use the new control gate you have installed. Once you install it, you will realize how relieved you will be. It is a real blessing in disguise and your pet will always appreciate you for it.

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  2. Border Collie and Chocolate Lab laying together with their paws spread forward while posing for the picture

    Determining your puppy’s adult size can be one fun guessing game!

    While a good guess can be made by considering the breed norms or size of the dog’s parents, sometimes disproportionately sized feet can be a tempting indicator of the puppy’s future size. Among several indicating factors that come into play when determining your puppy’s adult size, paw size tends to serve as a helpful tool. However, it may or may not always work.

    Puppy paws as an indicator of adult size

    A puppy’s paws can be a good indicator of his adult size, especially if they are unusually large or small. Typically, larger feet correlate with greater height and weight as an adult dog. It makes sense why a larger breed needs bigger feet to support a heavier build and tall height. After all, tiny feet cannot hold up a 100-pound dog like a mastiff! Similarly, long, heavy feet will only look a bit too oversized on a teacup Yorkie, even if he is fully-grown.

    So, are paws a foolproof indicator of adult size?

    Although you can tell if you will have a large or tiny furry friend in the future by looking at your puppy paws, it is NOT a foolproof indicator.

    To begin with, some large dogs, such as collies tend to have smaller feet as compared to other dogs their size. Similarly, some small dogs, such as bulldogs have larger feet than other dogs their size.

    The bottom line is that predicting adult size by puppy paws is far more accurate for purebred dogs than for mixed breeds.

    Labrador and Chocolate lab in the couch together sitting and sleeping on their paws

    Mixed breeds produce varied size

    It can be difficult to guess a puppy’s adult size if his parents are unknown or the mixed breeds of his parents are unknown. This is likely to happen if you adopt a mixed puppy from a local shelter.

    Mix Breed facing the camera with two little roped balls lying in between his paws

    In this case, the canine DNA testing services available online may prove helpful. These tests do not cost too much and can help you determine the breed most of your dog’s physical traits are likely to develop from. They can also help you determine the breeds belonging to your dog’s bloodline with traits that are unlikely to show if they are not dominant.

    Once you find out where most of your puppy’s bloodline comes from, you can predict his adult size by considering the average weight and height range for the specific breed.

    If the puppy paws are large and the breed he belongs to is a large breed, it is needless to say that he will grow into a large adult.

    The 16 weeks mark

    While puppy paws are usually proportionate with the overall size, it might not seem so at first. When it comes to newborn puppies, it is not uncommon that they have disproportionately large or small-looking feet. It is when they reach the 14-16 weeks mark that their general proportions are largely set, including the paws.

    A simple way to predict your puppy’s size is by doubling his size once he is 16 weeks old. The 16 weeks times 2 formula should be a good indicator of the fully grown size of your puppy. Although there is no science behind this rule of thumb, it seems to work most, if not all the times.

    Other reliable indicators

    With a purebred, it is usually easy to know what you are getting into. However, predicting the adult size of a mixed bred puppy can be tricky, especially if you do not know the size of the parents. It is a reliable fact that most dogs do not grow bigger than the larger parent.

    Big parents, big puppies

    Perhaps the best and the easiest way to determine the future size of your puppy is to look at both the parents. The parents’ breed, size, and weight can give a good idea of how big a puppy will get in the future. Large dogs generally breed large offspring but sometimes, their puppies may have small paws. So, the puppy paws do not always tell correctly if he is going to grow into a large dog or the runt of the litter.

    Puppy Labrador laying on the green grass and looking at the camera

    To get the best estimate of your how big your puppy will get, you should consider looking at his mother.

    As far as the adopted and rescue pups are concerned, the following indicators may prove helpful in predicting their adult size.

    Loose skin as a determinant of size potential

    In addition to paw size, excess skin can also help predict the adult size of a puppy. Typically, the more loose skin a puppy has, the more room he has for growth.

    The long bone growth plates generally close between 8 to 11 months of age. So, if you are looking at an older puppy of about 6 months, he has probably reached 75% of his adult height by then. After these bones close, the puppy’s height and length stop growing. However, they may continue to get heavier because most large breed dogs who weigh more than 55 pounds do not fully grow into an adult until they are 12 months old.

    French bulldog posing for a picture with Double Tennis ball Rope toy lying in front of his paws

    The best indicator of a puppy’s adult size has to be the parents’ size. Since dogs’ paws grow far more slowly than the rest of their bodies, they are naturally big to start with. If your puppy has large paws, he would probably grow into them as he ages. However, you would also need to consider the size of his ancestors to judge how big he will get with passing time.

    With purebred dogs, the puppy growth rate is fairly predictable based on the bred norms. But with mixed breeds, finding out about the pup’s parents is a prerequisite to guessing his adult size. Make sure you take proper care of your puppy, try to keep diseases at bay, and meet all his nutritional needs so that he may grow into the best possible version of himself.

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  3. Have you ever noticed your dog while he is sleeping? If not, it is time to observe the position that he sleeps in and the way he twitches and moves, as this can tell a lot about how your dog is feeling. The sleeping positions of your dog can reveal about his health and happiness level if you know what to look for. So, the next time you find your dog sleeping, consider noticing the following things to understand what they mean.

    Sleeping positions

    Dog Sleeping positions

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  4. Pets are like family members and that is how they should be treated. But unfortunately our furry friends can’t speak our language to inform us regarding their illness and suffering. So it is up to us to look for their discomfort signs in order to diagnose their seasonal allergies.

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  5. Once you have decided to buy a pet door, your first consideration will be its size. Pet doors are not ‘one size fits all’ and the dimensions will vary as per the size of your pet.

    Well, we just made it a lot easier for you!

    Choose the most suitable pet door size you need as per the breed of your furry friend.

    Dog and Cat Door Sizes by Breed

    Pet Door Size

    Pet Door Dimensions

    Suitable For

    Small

    6” x 7”

    Cats, Chihuahua, Yorkie, Pomeranian, Maltese, Papillon

    Medium

    8” x 15”

    Beagle, Pekingese, Cocker Spaniel, Poodle, Dachshund

    Large

    10” x 19”

    Labrador, Boxer, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Bulldog, Doberman

    Extra-Large

    12” x 23”

    Irish Wolfhound, Great Pyrenees, St. Bernard, Rottweiler, Old English Sheepdog, Great Dane

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