(Closed) Doggie Door or No Doggie Door – that is the question!

posted 5 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Doggie Door or No Doggie Door
    Yes - Doggie Door - even though she barely uses it, it will be useful ONE day : (4 votes)
    15 %
    No - she'll be fine and will let you know when she needs to go out : (22 votes)
    85 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    3369 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
    Member
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
    Member
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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
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    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
    Member
    3691 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
    Member
    7771 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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
    Member
    4275 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
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    5965 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    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
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    8285 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
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    4355 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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 # 14
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    6124 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @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 # 16
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    6124 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @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.

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