Article: 4 Steps to Train Your Anxious Dog to Use a Magnetic Dog Door

Article by Bonnie Weinhold

A can be hinged or operated or, more commonly, a “flap” which is installed into a door or wall to allow your dog to come and go at will without needing a person to open the door. Flaps hang from the top of the opening and flap when the dog passes through. pet owners find dog doors to be convenient and it reduces unwanted behavior from your dog such as scratching on doors or walls or relieving itself in the house.
Most dogs learn to use the dog door minutes after installing it. Using bits of meat or several toys for bait and the lesson is quick and easy, but some dogs find the whole experience frightening. The issues seem to be that the dog feels “trapped” inside when the flap is on top of him and the popping noise the magnets make when snapping closed. Luckily, there are steps you can take to train your dog to overcome these fears and begin to the freedom of coming and going at will.
Training should be spread out over several days and, if your dog is extremely anxious, a week or more may be needed. Don’t expect this to happen overnight. Training will require leaving the dog door open or partially open so it is best to do it during a mild time of year or over several nice days.

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    • 4FourArrows
    • September 8, 2012

    Can this be instaled in a mobile home door? What tools are needed?

    • idealpet
    • September 8, 2012

    The pet door will go down to 3/4″. So as long as the door is no less than that thickness it should fit just fine. It is a metal door or a wood door? If wood it shouldn’t be any problem. Just use our instructions as is. If metal, then I would recommend a licensed contractor who can use heavier tools like saw for sheet metal.

    • SpeakOutTwo
    • September 8, 2012

    I just installed one of these in my mobile home, with a wall kit. It works great!

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