Imagine your life without having to clean up after dog accidents, not needing to get up to let the dog out on the weekends, and a happy, healthy dog.
Adding a doggy door to a glass slider is the easiest way to make this dream a reality. And when it comes to multi-dog homes, a dog door can change your life and simplify your dogs’ routines.
Not only can a dog door make your life easier, but dogs also love having the ability to go and come as they please. On-demand access to the backyard comes with added health benefits for dogs. When a dog has to hold it for hours, it can lead to mental distress and urinary issues.
Which sliding dog doors are the best?
1. PetSafe Freedom Aluminum Patio Panel Sliding Glass Door for Dogs
This PetSafe doggy door earns high marks for being easy to install and durable and it offers superior accessibility.
It comes in three colors to match your existing door or decor, has magnets to help the flap stay closed, and increase its energy efficiency, and its glass above-door window fits in seamlessly with existing sliders.
We love that the height of the bottom threshold is only 4-inches tall-, making it ideal for older dogs or dogs with limited mobility. It also has a secondary panel that you can close to keep your dog in at night or while you’re not home and keep other animals out.
This is an all-around excellent choice for most dogs.
- Quality on a budget
- Dogs of all sizes
- Door openings from 75.8-inches to 96-inches
- Most weather conditions
- Senior dogs
2. Ideal Pet Products Aluminum Pet Patio Door
This patio panel model is a no-frills option for dog parents looking for utility.
It’s pretty comparable to the PetSafe Freedom door, but it has a higher bottom threshold and some small dogs struggle to push the flap with enough force to disengage the magnets.
It is also easy to install without tools. This model also doesn’t have a locking option. It is attractive and affordable, though.
- Medium to extra-large dogs
- Budget shoppers
- Temperate regions or doors that lead to covered patios
- Door openings 77-⅝–inches to 80-5/16-inches
3. Security Boss SB Standard Patio Pet Door Insert for Sliding Doors
This attractive doggy door gets the award for the easiest to install.
What makes it so simple?
It has a spring-loaded extension feature that holds it securely in place. In fact, they boast that you don’t need any tools, and you don’t! We appreciate that its panel looks attractive and less like a DIY doggy door than some other choices.
The Security Boss Pet Door also comes with a high-density poly panel that you can attach to keep your dog inside and prevent unwanted animals from wandering in. It comes with high-quality weather stripping, and its flap aligns well with its strike plate to add energy efficiency.
- Aesthetic appeal
- Dog owners that may not be handy
- Door openings from 70-inches to 99-inches in height
- Most dogs (not the best option for elderly dogs)
- Door with an exterior covering to prevent excess rain
4. Power Pet Fully Automatic Sliding e-Glass Pet Door
With this high-tech pet door, you won’t have to worry about the wind blowing it open, a stray cat moseying in, or needing an engineering degree to install it.
The Power Pet Fully Automatic Sliding Door only opens for your dogs. It connects to a transponder in your dogs’ collars that ultrasonically triggers the door to gently open. The glass panel is a double pane, so it’s more energy efficient than most, and it prevents neck strain since it doesn’t need your dog to push it open.
It is battery-operated, so you’ll want to keep some spare batteries handy. It can also lead to some bloopers if your dog’s collar isn’t high enough around her neck since the transponder needs to be within range for the door to open.
- Medium and large dogs
- Regions with active wildlife
- Dogs with neck injuries
- Door openings 75-inches to 80.25-inches
5. Endura Flap Severe Weather Vinyl Sliding Glass Dog Door
When the conditions call for a heavy-duty response to weather and critters, the Endura Flap Severe Weather Vinyl Sliding Glass Dog Door answers that call.
This doggy door is a high-end solution to extreme weather conditions like cold winters, extreme heat, and areas with strong winds. It features two flaps, both of which are thick and double-walled for better insulation.
The window above the dog door is also double-paned low emissivity glass. Its sturdy flaps don’t budge in winds of up to 50 mph, and you can adjust the magnet strength to fit your conditions or pet’s needs. We also appreciate the lower step-over range for dogs with mobility issues.
- Extreme climates
- Dogs of all sizes
- Long-lasting durability
- Energy efficiency
- Door openings between 75.75-inches to 80.25-inches
What To Consider When Selecting the Right Doggy Door
When it comes to doggy doors, the sliding door option, also called a “patio panel,” is often the easiest to install. Frequently, they’re also the easiest to remove when the time comes to move or upgrade. Sliding door doggy doors are hands-down the best option for renters.
Furthermore, installing a doggie door that fits into your existing slider presents the fewest structural issues that can arise when adding an entrance for your dog. So, go ahead and put down the reciprocating saw, pick up the measuring tape, and take a deep breath.
When shopping for your dog door, keep the measurement of your sliding door opening nearby.
You will also want to measure the height of your dog from the ground to her shoulders. While dogs will duck their heads down, you still want an additional couple of inches clearance. You also don’t want a door flap that is too large or too heavy for your dog to push and lift.
Most doggie door will keep the rain out well, but some do a better job when the wind picks up. You’ll find doors with multiple flaps and draft panels do a better job of keeping the floor dry during storms.
Sliding door dog doors are the easiest to install, but you will want to solicit the help of a friend since it’s a lot easier with an extra pair of hands. You will probably also want to keep a drill handy, but the instructions that come with the door you choose will guide you through installation.
High-tech or Low-tech?
High-tech doggy doors can be incredibly neat and offer superior energy efficiency. They can also be a bit more complicated to install. Usually the more advanced the technology, the larger the price tag, as well.
Access for Special Needs
Senior dogs or those with limited mobility often benefit from a door that extends as close to the ground as possible. This reduces tripping potential and the need to lift their legs higher.