Wall-Mounted vs Door-Mounted Doggy Door: The Pros and Cons of Each

Most homeowners with dogs like the idea of installing pet doors to let their precious pooches leave and enter the home at will. This makes it easier for them to get into the garden to relieve themselves or just to relax in the sun. However, you need to make a decision before you have the doggy door installed: Is it going in your own door, or do you want it going in a wall?

There are pros and cons on both sides, so make sure you read through them before making your decision.

The Pros and Cons of Door-Mounted Doggy Doors

Most doggy doors are mounted within a human door. After all, it only seems to make sense to make your own point of entry the dog's points of entry. This door will lead out onto the same path that you use yourself. That isn't just convenient for the dog — it also makes it much easier when you're going out for walks together.

Additionally, it's generally a lot easier to install a doggy door within a normal door, and it won't be as expensive to replace the main door if you find yourself no longer needing the doggy door in the future.

However, door-mounted doggy doors do come with a few drawbacks. Many people dislike having them in a main door since it can take away from the natural curb appeal of the property, and it can be harder to fit a door-mounted doggy door around the needs of smaller and larger canines.

The Pros and Cons of Wall-Mounted Doggy Doors

Wall-mounted doggy doors are generally going to be costlier to install, as well as costlier to fill in if you ever need to remove the doggy door entirely, but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be considered.

If you have a larger dog, a door-mounted doggy door might not be large enough to accommodate them. If you have a very small dog, they might prefer a wall-mounted door because they can sit flush with the floor, so there's no need for stepping or jumping over anything.

But it isn't just for the big and small that wall-mounted doggy doors are beneficial. They are less obtrusive since you can place them relatively out of the way. They are also more flexible, so you can have the dog enter and exit at any point you want instead of being stuck with the position of your own door.