Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How do I train my dog to use a pet door?

Most pets are eager to explore the outside, and once they realize they have the option to go in and out as they please, they will jump at the opportunity. Teaching the pet to use a pet door generally takes somewhere between five seconds and five days.

Using the PlexiDor comes naturally to most dogs and cats, even if they are reluctant to use a traditional rubber flap door. They can see the outside through the clear panel, and the panel swings open easily.

If the pet doesn’t take to the door, try propping one of the panels open and coaxing the pet through with a treat. When it comes to cats, it generally works well to put something they want on the other side of the door.

For the electronic door, it usually works well to put a treat on the bottom lip of the pet door. The dog or cat approaches to get the treat, and the collar key triggers the door to open. It doesn’t take long for the pets to figure out that the door will open when they come close.

Some pets need longer than others. It is important to stay patient and calm, and give praise once they do come through. When the get the hang of it, they’ll be happy to run in and out without having to wait for a human to get the door.

Download size charts with dog weights, opening dimensions, and cut holes here!

~ Maria Sadowski ~


  1. Mom trained the cats in about 5 and litter on one side, cats on the other, they were in the door in a jiffy!

    1. Sweet! If there's something they want on the other side it's quick. =D