I was going to write this now because it’s winter and cold, but to be honest, in Britain we can get cold weather all year round so I think this article is going to be helpful for a while yet!
If your dog is constantly going in and out the house and you want to make life easier for all of you by installing a dog door then this best dog door for cold weather guide will help you find the best one for your needs – no matter what time of year you’re looking!
Tips for choosing the best dog door for your house
If energy efficiciency and not losing heat with the addition of a dog door is important to you then you’ll want to bear in mind a few things:
- try and get something with insulation sealing around the flap
- a door that will only open when your dog wants to get through is ideal – perhaps by using a microchip or a collar
- perhaps another layer of insulating material over the flap to keep the cold away
Some general points and things to look for when buying a cold weather dog door would be getting something that is easy to fit – this is where I like to go with well reviewed products from good brands. If something is a nightmare to fit then you’ll read about it! You’ll also want to check out the size of the dog door as well and make sure that it will be suitable for your dog when it’s at it’s full grown size.
A good tip for checking if the size will be ok – get a piece of cardboard and cut it to the dimensions of the flap you’re interested in and then see if your dog will fit through it.
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PetSafe Extreme Weather Energy Efficient Pet Door
This insulated pet door from the well known brand PetSafe is a great buy if you have energy efficiency and cold weather in mind. It has a 3 flap system with the centre flap being insulated to help keep warm air inside and the cold air out. It’s actually designed for both extremes of weather so if you have a really warm summer it will do the opposite and keep the heat out which I think is pretty neat. It’s 3.5 times more energy efficient than a single flap door.
The frame is paintable so can blend in with your door and it also comes with a plastic cover to stop your pet using it or to seal it up whenever needed.
It comes in three different sizes, small, medium and large and should suit a wide variety of dogs, from small to large. Check the link which includes a measuring guide for your dog.See more reviews and the latest price of this product here
SureFlap Microchip Pet Door
Microchip pet doors are great for letting in only who you want through a pet flap but they are also a good choice if you also want to make sure it isn’t blowing in the wind and letting the cold air in.
This electronic pet door from SureFlap is a good example of a quality door and there are a good amount of consistently positive reviews about it. It scans your pets microchip to only allow in those that belong to you and another thing I particular like about it is that it has a curfew mode. What this does is allow you to input a time that you don’t want it to work and so you can keep your pet inside or outside at certain times.
One downside is that it only comes in one size so is only really suitable for small dogs and cats but if you have one of those then it would be a good option for you! The size of the flap is 178 x 170 mmYou can see more about this item here
PetSafe Staywell Aluminium Pet Door
One of the best budget pet doors I’ve seen is this version, again from PetSafe. It’s a fairly basic pet flap with a soft and flexible door flap. What makes this good for cold weather is the tight weather seal that it makes when it shuts so it keeps the cold out and it shuts with a magnetic seal at the bottom. In very strong wind you might find that it lets some in though, so possibly not the best door for if you live in a typically windy spot. It does have a plastic cover that you could use to keep drafts out and to lock up the door when you go out.
It’s a quiet magnetic dog door as the flap doesn’t have that loud plastic noise as it shuts up which also can be good for more nervous dogs.
It comes in 4 different sizes so is good for a variety of breeds of dogs – Small, medium, large and extra large.Check out the reviews and latest price on Amazon here
Dog Mate Dog Door
Another good budget option is this pet door from Dog Mate which is very popular and is well reviewed. It’s a more regular solid plastic flap and what is good about this one is that there is a draught free brush seal all around the flap so less chance of the cold air getting in. It keeps closed with a magnetic seal too so nice and snug and there’s a locking cover that you can add on for nights and holidays.
It’s available in 3 different sizes, small, medium and large.Check out the reviews on Amazon here