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this is an excellent price. I had the opportunity to purchase mine ...
on January 27, 2015
I live in San Diego, but the nights are cold and I am literally a doorman for my dogs. I have always wanted a dog door and did quite a bit of research on Amazon before choosing this one made by Ideal Products.
First about the price:
The average price for the door is around $70.For the quality and size, this is an excellent price. I had the opportunity to purchase mine for $10 less from a seller that described it as: Item will come in original packaging. Packaging will be damaged.
The packaging wasn't damaged at all and the door was brand new with all parts included. I still got free shipping too. Don't hesitate to take advantage of the savings under the "Used" category.
I have several dogs and my largest is a 100# Pit Bull that stands 25" at the shoulder. This 15" x 20" door allows him plenty of room all the way around to walk in and out. I also have a large Shepard Chow mix who weighs 75# and is 22" at the shoulder. Both dogs are pictured.
Installation: Fairly easy if your comfortable with power tools. My human door is metal with insulation in between. It was probably a little more difficult to get the holes started than a wooden door. Following the instructions, I first traced the removable panel with a pencil. Then punctured the metal with a nail at the four corners, then used the recommended 3/8 drill bit to create the hole where the saw blade would enter. I used a SAWZAW (reciprocating saw). I had to drill 2 connecting holes to accommodate the blade. My first vertical cut wasn't perfectly straight. Fortunately, the dog door frame design is very forgiving. When the back and front are put together the frame covers the edges that you cut. The included screws are metal. Tighten them at the corners first just enough for the door to stay in place. Make adjustments and use a level, then tighten the screws in the corners. and then the screws in between. Use waterproof caulking on the outside (inside too if you want) to create a nice seal and add security to the door.
Dog training to use the door:
First, lots of praise during the entire process. I recommend shutting the door with the dogs outside. You're inside and lift the flap and let them walk through with the flap sliding across their back so they see how it feels. Praise them. Then put them back outside and just lift a corner of the flap to show them it will open, but let them do it. Go inside, have a seat, relax and just wait and see who comes through. Lots of praise and a treat. If too much time passes, lift the flap and allow them to walk through. Make them use the door as much as possible. During the day, my door stays open to allow the dogs access tot he yard. During this training period, if I go outside, I shut the door behind me and make them use the dog door. It's been less than 24 hours and almost all of my dogs are comfortable using it. Make it a game and remind them they're doing well even after a time passes and they've mastered it.
Door quality and features: the door is lightweight and easy to handle. It is not cheap or flimsy. The design is practical. The flap is very flexible and a good quality that looks like it is made to last with constant use. The edges have little ridges that allow it to move back and forth easily, while creating a seal. There is a bar at the bottom of the door that contains magnets. It pops up to meet the metal bar that run along the bottom of the flap.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review. As a consumer like yourself, I count on reviews to help me decide it a product will work for me.
Overall Great design, great quality, great price. My dogs are very happy that I chose this door made by Ideal Pet Products.