Post # 1
We are moving shortly… our current place has a doggie door that our dog (70 pounds) RARELY uses. We are talking maybe 1x a month – if that.
She has a morning walk, is home for about 8-9 hours and then has another walk. She does all over her business on her walk. In the evenings, we’ll usually make her potty at home once… and then one more time before bed. Then, it’s another 8-9 hour stretch before her morning walk.
I have a nanny-cam type thing set up for her, so I know her activity when we are at work. I think maybe one time in the last several months she used the doggie door while we were home to potty. She usually uses it on the weekend when we leave the house to go to b’fast to say “hey! you forgot me, take me with you” and give us sad dog eyes at the fence.
So – fast forward to now. We are moving and the new house has a sliding glass door that needs repair. I’m on the fence if we should have a new door with a doggie door installed. We’ll be renting at this place, and I’m not sure how the landlords will feel about the aesthetics of what the door will now look like with a doggie door.
My concern is that on the off chance she is sick or needs to potty she won’t be able to go outside. When we first got her, she had runny stool issues and used the doggie door to go outside. There’s been once (in maybe the last 6 months) I’ve heard her go outside in the middle of the night.
Do I play it safe and ask for one?
Or don’t bother upsetting the new landlords and just see how it goes?
Post # 3
It sounds like she doesn’t need one and it just would be one more thing at this new place. One time a month isn’t enough to ask a landlord about putting a hole in their door. If she has to go out, and there’s no doggie door, I’m sure she’ll ask.
We use (and I have always used with dogs) a cowbell. On the back door we have a cowbell hanging and when Emma has to go out, she hits it and rings it. You may want to try that so there is something at the back door to alert you in case she can’t wake you up by whining.
Post # 4
Why don’t you first find out if it’s even an option by asking your landlord? They’re not going to kick you out because you asked the question, there’s no reason to be afraid. Once you have an answer from the landlord, the decision (if there even is one) should be easier.
Post # 5
Most people I know with a dog your dog’s size have a doggie door. It’s not so much for the bathroom aspect but for the exercise aspect. Their dogs are able to run around the yard while they’re not home.
I would see how much your landlord likes dogs and go from there. Is it something you can easily replace in the future? I would consider covering the cost yourself for this door and your landlord can pay to remove it in the future (since they would’ve otherwise had to fix this one anyway). It’s like when tenants paint the walls; the landlord doesn’t pay for the paint they wanted but they can paint it themselves if they swap it back to the original before they leave.
Post # 6
It doesn’t sound like you need one. I’ve had dogs my entire life and have never had a doggie door. She’ll let you know when she needs out.
And on the few occasions she is sick, then you may have to clean up after her. IMO, that is just part of life as a pet owner.
Post # 7
Are you talking about this kind of doggie door, that fits in the sliding door track and doesn’t actually change the door itself?
Post # 8
Oh my, if you have any kind of option for a doggie door, definitely look into it! Your doggie does use it- and I think, as a dog owner, it is a dream to have!
Post # 9
We do not have one for our dog. We have coyotes in the area so I prefer to keep an eye on him when he is outside.
Post # 10
I am a no goer on the doggie door issue…for one thing, if we had one big enough for the dogs to get out of, it would be big enough for a person to get in through…so that’s a bad thing. Plus, I find that if your dog is going to start misbehaving on the bathroom front, you’re less likely to figure it out until it’s been going on for a LONG time with a doggie door, because you figure it’s just being handled…if you have to take your dogs out, you pay attention more, and with people the way they are, I’d be worried about someone monkeying around with my boys while we were gone, and that’s not ok.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t bother. Personally I would never allow my dog to run around outside without supervision – I worry too much about them barking or misbehaving, or someone stealing them.
Post # 12
Agree completely with Nona. I would be paranoid about someone coming IN through it, and I always watch my dog when she’s out just incase she gets in to something or there’s an animal back there and she gets in a fight. It doesn’t seem like your dog uses it at all.
Post # 13
Thanks for the helpful feedback, so far!
More information: the current place and the new place do not have much of a yard – so there’s not much trouble she can get into, etc. BUT – I do agree about the whole ‘open access to your house’ issue – though I’m not really worried about that either. There isn’t really a worry of someone taking her (since she loves being inside), or other animals (the small back is fenced in really well).
The landlords are not pet people (but understand pet people enough to allow a dog in their home) and I am leery of asking because it wasn’t offered (knowing we had a dog) but I also don’t think it would have crossed their mind (since they are not pet people).
My gut says don’t ”go there’ and see how she does. Thank you, hive!!!!
Post # 14
@oracle: That is so funny she only uses it like once a month! I thought for sure dogs like to go in and out all day. Maybe not!
We do not have a doggie door and I never have. She has only gotten sick indoors maybe 2x? And that’s because I let her lick the crockpot one day. The gravy stuff must have been not good for our tummy.
I probably would not ask the landlords to put on in though. It would be different if you owned the house and were questioning, but probably not on a rental.
Post # 15
@sienna76: I giggled at the crockpot! 🙂 My dog would be in heaven if she got to do that!
Post # 16
@oracle: *her tummy. It was some Korean BBQ ribs dish I tried. It was not very good! LOL No more cleaning the pots after that.