7 Dog Friendly Cities to Live In and Visit

We have departed from the days when the only treat in town for the dog is a biscuit at the local bank or pharmacy. Today truly dog friendly cities are gauged on the number of dog parks there are and restaurants serving cuisine created for dogs. Urban centers from all corners of the country are at the top of the list for catering to the canine.

Off-leash dog parks are a great place for a dog to romp

What makes a city dog friendly you ask? It is more than an off-leash park and a sausage specifically on the menu for the dog. These cities offer more. Criteria to make this exclusive list include considerations for your pet’s health and wellness like an ample number of veterinarians and lower average vet costs. Also reviewed are the number of dog trainers, caretakers and dog-friendly businesses in the area.

There are a healthy number of pet-friendly restaurants including some indoor dining establishments indulging our four-legged friends in these top ranked cities. All types of restaurants include dog friendly items on the menu; from cafés and seafood, to breweries and ice cream shops.  Grand hotels show their pet friendliness by providing pet beds, bowls and treats to pup patrons.

Outdoor dog friendliness is of equal importance to health. A dog’s outdoor life lends itself to their overall social, mental, and physical health. This includes walkability, weather and the number of parks available for outdoor recreation. Our list of cities boasts off-leash play areas, gorgeous landscaped gardens, acres of hiking trails for leashed pups, and off-leash beaches for swimming. Other less common dog friendly activities offered in these cities are kayaking, tourist attractions, yoga and seaplane tours.

Some dog friendly cities have off-leash beaches perfect for swimming

Top Dog Friendly Cities in America

  • Austin, TX – A great place to try yoga with your dog!
  • San Diego, CA – Boasts one of the first off-leash beaches in the country and great weather in Southern California!
  • Portland, OR – Home to the most dog parks per capita in the country.
  • Seattle, WA – Company located here offering pet-friendly seaplane tours
  • San Francisco, CA – Most tourist attractions are pet-friendly including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Embarcadero and Golden Gate Bridge from 5PM to dusk daily.
  • Tampa, FL – Combine the dog park with a day at the beach at an off-leash beach with swimming!
  • Boston, MA – Furnishes pet-friendly historic tours of the city and surrounding area for dog loving tourists.
  • Colorado Springs, CO – Stay in a 5-star hotel that provides pet beds, bowls and dog treats to your furry friends.

If you’re looking to relocate or just taking a trip and the pooch is of primary importance in your plans, consider one of the above cities. They take “dog-friendly” to a new level. PlexiDor Dog Doors is located just around the bay from Tampa, FL and we love it! Contact us for assistance making your house more dog-friendly with a PlexiDor Dog Door at 888-PETDOOR. Our Customer Service team is knowledgeable and always happy to answer any questions.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is well-known for being Queen Elizabeth’s dog of choice. These short, squatty little dogs with satellite ears have been a constant companion to the Queen Mother since 1933. Perhaps not surprisingly, this breed is popular with Americans as well and ranks number ten on the American Kennel Club’s 2020 Most Popular Dog Breeds list.

Pembroke Welsh Corgis  make great family pets.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Overview:

  • Outgoing, energetic, highly intelligent, playful, friendly
  • Respond well to positive, rewards-based training
  • Height: 14 to 17 inches
  • Weight: 22 – 30 lbs
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Not hypoallergenic
  • Group: Herding
  • Colors: Fawn, Sable, Black & Tan, Black & White, Red

Pembroke Welsh Corgis are long and low to the ground. They possess short, powerful legs and muscular thighs. Their deep chests allow them to keep up with a full day’s work herding cattle or sheep. Necessary traits for herding, these dogs are quick and agile and have a surprisingly “big” bark for their size. Corgis do have a tendency to bark.

Welsh Corgis make good watch dogs. They are loyal and loving pets and have middle-of-the-road care requirements. They are active dogs and require moderate daily exercise, 20-4- minutes a day. A long walk or slow jog is best as their short legs would not be able to keep up on a bike ride. Their waterproof, double coat needs to be brushed daily to help with shedding.

Pembroke Welsh Corgis they are working dogs at heart. As a herding dog, they like to have a job to do. Keeping your Corgi engaged will lead to contentment for both of you. When they aren’t busying themselves with a task, they want to spend their time with their people. They are affectionate, loyal and like attention. They are happiest spending time with their families.

Overall, Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a healthy breed. As always be sure to use a reputable breeder that will screen for stock health conditions in the breed.

History of the Breed

The Corgi came to Britain by way of the people of Flanders, from what is now northern Belgium, in 1107. As master weavers, they had been invited to relocate to southwestern Wales to live and work crafting carpets, textiles and tapestries by Henry I of Britain. Their skills were highly valued by the crown. They re-created their way of life in their new home which included bringing their small herding dogs.

The corgi eventually split into two distinct breeds in the late 1800s, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi. The Pembroke is the more popular of the two. Th Pembroke’s characteristic features are pointed, erect ears and a shorter tail than the Cardigan.

These energetic, playful little dogs make great pets. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are loyal and loving and would require a medium PlexiDor Dog Door for access to their backyard environment. Contact our Customer Service team with any questions or call 888-PETDOOR. We are always happy to help!

PlexiDor Electronic Dog Doors

Electronic dog doors take the convenience of a dog door a step further and provides the security of only opening when your pet needs to use it. The PlexiDor Electronic Dog Door is only triggered to open when your pet approaches wearing the state-of-the-art RFID technology key, clipped onto the collar of your dog or cat. The collar key automatically reads the pre-programmed code to open and close the door, allowing your pet access while keeping other animals out.

There are three waterproof collars keys included with your electronic dog door; each collar key weighs less than an ounce. The keys securely clip onto your dog’s collar and no batteries are required.

The length of time the door stays open is adjustable to suite your needs. Then, the dead bolt automatically locks to ensure the security of your home through a ¼ inch steel deadbolt locking system. The unit can be plugged into a standard household power outlet or can be directly hard wired. The heavy-duty aluminum frame and composite panel door are built to last. There will never be a need for replacement flaps again.

The PlexiDor electronic dog doors can be installed in an exterior house door or a stud, brick, block or cement wall up to 12 inches thick. An aluminum tunnel is included with the door to connect the interior and exterior frame on the wall unit models.  PlexiDor has installers in all 50 states and Canada. The PlexiDor Electronic is available in bronze and white for both the door and wall applications and will accommodate dogs up to 125 pounds.

The units are manufactured in the United States. The PlexiDor Electronic Series has a 5-year residential warranty. All our PlexiDor products include a 90 day money back guarantee. Contact us anytime via email or call our Customer Service department. They are happy to assist with questions Monday through Friday 8AM – 5PM EST at 888-PETDOOR.

The French Bulldog: Most Popular Small Dog

The most popular small dog among Americans, according to the AKC (American Kennel Club), is the amiable and very adorable French Bulldog. They rank fourth overall on the 2020 Most Popular Dog Breeds list and lead the pack for small dogs. Frenchies stay under 28 pounds and are about a foot high fully grown. Their coats come in a range of colors including cream, brown, and black. Their most distinctive feature is the “bat ears” that stand up off the top of their head.

The French Bulldog is the most popular small dog in America in 2020

Except for the ears, Frenchies resemble a bulldog, but in miniature. They have the same stocky, muscular build of the Bulldog covered with a short, smooth coat of fur. They have large, square heads with heavy wrinkles and folds of skin around their short, stubby noses. Their small stature and good-natured disposition, coupled with the fact that they seldom bark, has made them a favorite among apartment dwellers. They do not require a lot of outdoor exercise which is also perfect for city life.

While well suited to the city, they make excellent pets for anyone and are great with kids. Their alert and playful nature make them great watchdogs in any environment. The French Bulldog is a very adaptable breed and is just at home in a couple’s New York flat as it is in a suburban family of five’s split-level ranch in the suburbs. They get along well with people and other animals alike and make great family dogs.

Training for your Frenchie puppy is recommended for proper socialization and to curb their propensity to be stubborn. They do want to please their owners, so they are easy to train. The proper motivation, such as treats, make training easier. The French Bulldog is susceptible to obesity, so give treats in moderation.

Frenchies don’t shed much and are considered low maintenance dogs. They only require a weekly brushing to remove shed hair and an occasional bath. Their facial folds should be given regular attention to ensure they are kept clean and dry. It is important to keep your dog’s nails trimmed so that long nails do not cause pain.

As a flat-faced breed, French Bulldogs are prone to breathing problems and do not do well in hot and humid weather. Exertion in these environments should be kept at a minimum. They are also susceptible to eye conditions, skin allergies and autoimmune skin disorders. Be sure to contact a reputable and responsible breeder if you are considering a French Bulldog as a companion. As a small breed under 40 pounds, but larger than 9 pounds, a medium PlexiDor Dog Door would be perfect for your new French Bulldog. Contact PlexiDor with any questions or call 888-PETDOOR. Our Customer Service is always happy to help and enjoy your new French Bulldog furbaby.

Great Gifts for the Dog This Christmas

There’s just a couple of days to go before the big day and there are a ton of cool gadgets and great gifts for the dog to make Fido’s day bright. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites for under the tree this year.

  • With the iFetch Too your dog can play ball all by himself. It launches old tennis balls up to 40 feet. You just need to teach your dog to drop their ball in the top when they bring it back and they could play for hours.

This could be more of a gift more for you than the dog, but take a look at this Petosan double-headed electric toothbrush. It’s super quiet so it won’t cause stress.

The GPS-enabled Whistle tracks your dog’s daily activity and rest, similar to your fitbit, but it also can pinpoint their location. It’s perfect for the stressful occasion when they get lost. The GPS monitoring is an additional $7 monthly subscription.

The CleverPet Hub was designed by neuroscientists and keeps your pets engaged and rewarded with treats when they solve increasingly complex light puzzles.

Perhaps give your dog a way to call for you…  How about a doorbell your dog can push when he needs to go potty, go for a walk, for a ride…     the possibilities are limitless. The perfect way to turn ourselves into our dog’s valets. The Mighty Paw Smart Bell 2.0 is easy to mount to the wall and fortunately easy for your dog to use.

Our favorite way to keep your home secure and make potty time convenient for dog and owner alike is the PlexiDor Electronic Dog Door. It’s available for dogs up to 125 lbs and comes in white and bronze finish. An RFID chip placed on the dog’s collar operates the automatic door which can be placed in any exterior door or stud wall. It can also be installed in brick, block and cement walls up to 12 inches thick. It’s manufactured right here in the USA and has a five year warranty. 

Dog going through PlexiDor Electronic dog door

Those are our six top gifts for the dog of 2020. Fun electronic gadgets to make your dog’s, and perhaps your life easier, more manageable and a little more enjoyable. From all of us at PlexiDor Dog Doors, we wish you a Merry Christmas to you and yours. Stay warm, safe and healthy this holiday season!

7 Great Christmas Dog Movies

For many people, there are classic Christmas movies we look forward to watching every year. It may be part of your Christmas traditions. Christmas movies span the decades, from “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street” in the 1940s to “Elf” and “Love Actually” in the early 2000s. There are also a fair share of Christmas dog movies in which a dog or dogs play a primary role. Here are a few classics, in no particular order…

A Dog Named Christmas (2009)

Could this be more of a Christmas dog movie? This is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie adapted from a book by Greg Kincaid.  A developmentally disabled man wants to get his town involved in the Christmas “Adopt a Dog for Christmas Program”. He himself adopts Christmas, a golden Labrador, that his father does not fully approve of and hearts overflow.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

This is a staple of the Christmas season and the quintessential Christmas dog movie. Also don’t forget the sequel, I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown. Let’s face it, Snoopy is the star of the show. He doesn’t say much, but when it comes to celebrating Christmas, he’s number one. Apple TV+ just bought this Christmas tradition and was going to make it available by subscription only this year. However, the American public spoke and it will be airing on network TV, again, this year.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) is a classic Christmas dog movie to make you smile

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

It is through the Grinch’s relationship with Max that we are able to first “meet” the Grinch. Max isn’t in a position to oppose the Grinch’s plans to steal Christmas and he’s been roped in as an unwilling participant.

As a purist a heart, I prefer the animated 1966 Chuck Jones version of this movie. I’ve seen this film so many times I can actually recite parts of it and hear the narrators voice saying, “Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two.”

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011)

Beethoven's Christmas Adventure is a Christmas dog movie with a talking dog

The St Bernard Beethoven is back in this fun Christmas flick and this time he talks. Tom Arnold is Beethoven. He’s helping one of Santa’s elves, who has crash landed in his small town, find the lost toy bag to save Christmas.

12 Dogs of Christmas (2005)

This is a heart-warming tale set during the Great Depression about a girl and, you guessed it, 12 dogs. Definitely worth a watch! There was a sequel seven years later: 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue

The Search for Santa Paws (2010)

The Search for Santa Paws

This is a prequel to the 2009 film Santa Buddies and a spin off from Disney’s Air Bud franchise at large. In this movie Santa Claus and his new best friend, Paws go to New York City to remind the world what Christmas is all about. There was a sequel in 2012 Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups.

Shelby: The Dog Who Saved Christmas (2014)

Shelby: The Dog Who Saved Christmas

This is a fun Christmas movie with another talking dog, a Beagle named Shelby who’s always running from the dog catcher. Shelby is voiced by Rob Schneider. Chevy Chase and Tom Arnold also have leading roles as Grandpa Geoffrey and Doug the Dog Catcher respectively. 

This list represents animated fantasies, talking dogs, heart-felt Hallmark tear jerkers and Disney franchises. The thing these movies all have in common is Christmas and a canine companion. If part of your holiday traditions includes snuggling in and watching a film or two, and you don’t already have “Christmas dog” movies on your list, consider adding one or two. PlexiDor Dog Doors wants to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday! Keep watching Christmas movies!

A Dog Door in Glass – PlexiDor Dog Door

In many of our homes, the most convenient access outside is through a glass door of some type; whether a French door, patio door, sliding glass door or something similar. In the past, a dog door through glass has been unheard of, but the PlexiDor Dog Door Glass Series changes that completely. This is a prefabricated double pane insulated glass unit featuring a factory installed PlexiDor Dog Door. It’s ready for installation and available in clear or Low-E glass.

PlexiDor dog doors offer a dog door in glass option

It is a revolutionary dog door as it is a dog door in glass that has been tempered and is insulated, helping keep weather outside. The glass is the same kind used in car windows, shower doors, and diving masks, and is very strong. It is able to withstand the wear and tear placed on it by any dog, so we give a five (5) year warranty on the replacement frame and glass. The PlexiDor Dog Door is warranted for ten (10) full years.

Installation in a French door can be done yourself, with the right tools. We have paper and video tutorials available to help you through it. If you prefer to have a professional handle the installation, we have an extensive list of qualified dealers/installers to assist you. Contact us at 888-738-3667 if you don’t see a listing for your area.

Our French door and sliding glass dog doors are available for any size dog; from a Chihuahua to a Saint Bernard. They range in size from small to extra-large. Both our standard and electronic models are available for the PlexiDor Glass Series. The standard is our manual, saloon style dog door. The PlexiDor Electronic Series opens and closes automatically, triggered by a RFID chip located on the dogs’ collar.

When you purchase your dog door for your glass door, whether you plan to do the install yourself or hire an experienced installer we can help. Contact us with any questions along you may have along the way. Our Customer Service is very knowledgeable and always happy to help. Call 888-PET-DOOR (888-738-3667).

10 Best Dogs for Cold Weather

Some dogs are better suited to cold climates than others. Even though equipped with long fur, many dogs aren’t prepared for artic temperatures at all. It takes more than long fur to keep out the cold. We’ve put together a list of the best dogs suited for cold weather.

This Collie is shaking off the snow and ice

Here are the 10 Best Dogs for Cold Weather in Order of Most Popular in 2019…

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are herding, guarding and police work dogs. They are strong and agile hard workers with lots of energy and they learn quickly. This breed can suffer from hip dysplasia though, so be sure to buy from a credible breeder. The German Shepherd is ranked number 2 in overall popularity for 2019.

The German Shepherd is one of the most popular dog breeds

Siberian Husky

From Northeast Asia, the Siberian Husky was bred to pull sleds. They have a thicker coat than most dogs made up of a velvety, soft undercoat and a longer, coarse topcoat. They require lots of exercise to stay mentally and physically fit and are very vocal. They are intelligent, outgoing and friendly but more of a pack animal than a family pet. The Siberian Husky ranked 15th in popularity for 2019.

The Siberian Husky is one of the best dogs for cold weather

Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog from Switzerland is a gentle, intelligent, and affectionate dog, able to carry heavy loads. They have good endurance for long walks and hikes, although they have low exercise needs. When active, they are endowed with strength, speed and agility. The Bernese Mountain Dog ranks 23rd in popularity overall.

The Bernese Mountain Dog in a snowy backdrop

Newfoundland

The Newfoundland can weigh upwards of 150 lbs. as adults. They have been used and are still used today in water rescues. Their thick fur and hefty bodies are made to handle harsh artic conditions of bone chilling water. They possess a calm nature and are great with kids. They make a wonderful family pet as they are affectionate, loyal and faithful. The Newfoundland ranked 40th in popularity overall.

The Newfoundland is one of the best dogs for cold weather

Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu from Japan is a muscular, sturdy dog with a double coat of thick fur. One of the six spitz breeds, they are a small, alert dog originally bred for hunting. They are known to be confident, spirited, vocal and ready to explore, often described to “romp”. They are ranked 45th on the 2019 popularity chart.

The Shiba Inu is a muscular sturdy dog made for snow

Saint Bernard

The Saint Bernard comes from the Swiss Alps and was long used to locate lost travelers during snowstorms. These dogs have a reputation as being one of the best dogs for cold weather and a rescue dog for avalanche victims. They make great family pets as they are known for their devotion to humans, especially children. They are very large dogs; weighing in between 120 – 200 lbs. They are super affectionate and have low activity needs. The Saint Bernard ranked 48th in overall popularity in 2019.

The Saint Bernard is great for snow rescues

Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is the largest of the Alaskan sled dogs. While this dog looks similar to the Siberian Husky, it is distinctive by its longer coat and larger size. They are native to Alaska and make great pets for places with cold weather. They enjoy spending time with humans and are loyal to their owners. They were bred to haul heavy loads in a team of other dogs, run and roam. They are ranked 64th.

The Alaskan Malamute is a great snow sledding dog

Great Pyrenees

The Great Pyrenees was used to herd livestock in France and were once referred to as the Royal Dog of France. They are big dogs, weighing in at 80-120 lbs. as adults. They love the winter and their thick double coat with a long outer coat protects them from artic climates. While their independent and hard-working nature make them wonderful working dogs, they are also good family dogs as they are affectionate, gentle and patient. They came in ranked 69th on the Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2019 list.

The Great Pyrenees is one of the best dogs for cold weather

Keeshond

The Keeshond was originally bred as guard dogs for the river boats in Holland. They are a medium sized dog, very friendly and feisty. Their thick double coat, with a downy undercoat, keeps them warm in cold and damp conditions. They learn quickly and make a good family pet for an active family, as they need lots of exercise. They are ranked 88th.

The Keeshond is a feisty dog made for cold temperatures

Norwegian Elkhound

The Norwegian Elkhound is an elk hunting dog from Norway dating back to Nordic times. They are agile, with high endurance and need lots of exercise. They have a double coat with a smooth outer coat and wooly undercoat, which causes extreme shedding in the spring. They make good protection animals. The Norwegian Elkhound comes in ranked 93rd in popularity and rounds out our list.

The Norwegian Elkhound is one of the best dogs for cold weather

All ten of our best dogs for cold weather made the top 100 of the most popular dogs list in 2019. Some of these dogs are high energy, hunting or sledding dogs and some are lower energy and better at hauling heavy loads or locating lost travelers. One thing all of these dogs have in common is a double coat of fur which keeps them protected from artic temperatures. This makes them a good choice as a pet for cold climates. They may not be happy in a hot, dry area though, so consider carefully your living conditions when choosing a breed.

PlexiDor Dog Doors has a convenient solution for access to the outdoors for any of these amazing dogs. From the Saint Bernard at upwards of 200 lbs. to the Shiba Inu at 20 lbs, we have a dog door right for your pet. Contact our Customer Service department today or call 888-PETDOOR with any questions. We are always happy to help!

Tips on Introducing a New Dog into Your Home

The Gift of a New Dog

If you are considering introducing a new dog into your home this Christmas and you already have a dog in the home, be sure to take the following things into account.

To Get Started:

  • Give some thought on what type of new dog you will get. They will need to be compatible with your current pooch. Consider sex, age, personality and needs of your current dog.
Introducing a new dog during the holidays
Introducing a New Dog During the Holidays Can Be Tough
  • Arrange to be home for awhile when you first get your new dog to introduce the dogs slowly and to monitor the time they spend together. They should be introduced very gradually on neutral territory and ease into sharing space.

Keep Them Separated

  • Give them their own space. Their eating and resting areas should remain separate until they are completely relaxed around each other. When you are not at home and when sleeping, it is best for one dog, most likely the new dog, to be crated or separated in some other way.
  • Supervise play between the dogs at first. Rough play can result in growling or snapping and when this happens they should be distracted and redirected on to something else.

Let Them Be Dogs

  • Don’t punish the dogs when they have conflicts. It can lead to fear and then they may never learn to get along. Instead redirect their attention when there is a scuffle until they get comfortable with one another.
  • Keep excitement to minimum. As excitement increases, so can the potential for a conflict.
  • Avoid activities that may make the new dog feel restrained in front of the other dog, like grooming or bathing.
  • Ensure the new dog has and knows a way to signal to go to the bathroom. A good solution is a dog door.

Bear in mind that, when introducing a new dog into a family, it’s just a matter of time before everyone is getting along just fine. It will be an adjustment for everyone. If you are planning to get a dog door for convenience with the new dog, contact PlexiDor Dog Doors or call 888-PETDOOR. Our customer service is always happy to answer any questions you may have.

What To Know Before Getting a Dog

It’s the time of year we’re looking for the greatest family gift ever for the tree. Families may be spending more time at home lately with working and schooling from home, and this seems like the perfect opportunity for a new pet. Adopting a dog into your family is a blessing, a challenge, and a lifelong responsibility. There are a few important things you need to consider before getting a dog.

Dog in round box
  • Do You Really Want A Dog? – Dogs are cute, fun, playful and wonderful companions. They will completely change your life and your routine. They can be expensive, rambunctious, messy, and noisy. Enjoying a dog for a couple of hours and taking care of one are two completely different things.
  • Research What Breed to Get – Consider carefully whether you want a puppy or an older dog. Puppies are cute, but they are a lot more work. An older dog may be more your speed. They don’t require as much training or have as much energy. They also usually are already potty-trained.
Equally important, is what breed to get. Each breed has its own traits and characteristics that will suit your lifestyle better. For example, a large dog that enjoys the outdoors, like a German Shepherd, may not be the best dog for someone in an apartment. Some breeds are more hypo-allergenic than others and better for people with allergies, like a Portuguese Water Dog. While some breeds are not recommended for families with small children, like the Pekingese and Chihuahua. Before getting a dog, decide which breed will be best for your unique situation.
  • Get Your House Ready for the Dog – If you’ve decided on a puppy, there is more to do than for an older dog. Puppies can and will get into more trouble than an older dog. Mature dogs will already know most basic rules and will only need to know the rules of your house. Before getting a dog, you may want to consider a dog door. PlexiDor Dog Doors has durable and energy efficient options to choose from that look nice too. You will also need to decide where to put the food bowls and dog bed and whether the furniture is off limits or not.
  • Dogs Are Expensive – There are lifetime costs with having a dog. Beyond the initial cost of purchasing the dog and the initial shots and perhaps spaying and neutering your dog, there are regular check ups and additional healthcare needs as they age. Also, your dog will need food, bedding, toys, and other accessories during their life to keep them happy and healthy.
  • Walking your dog – Dogs need walks, once, sometimes twice a day to maintain proper health.
  • Training – All new dogs into a family will need some kind of training, but puppies especially will need training, whether in-home or at a special school.

Dogs are amazing bundles of love and a wonderful addition to a family or companion animal to anyone. However, it should not be a compulsive decision or taken lightly. It would not be fair to yourself or the dog for the adoption to be temporary because it was not thought through in the first place. Carefully weigh all aspects of ownership before getting a dog and decide if a dog is, in fact, the right dog for you. After all, there is no shame in being a cat person! If you have any questions about sizing dog doors, contact our Customer Service, we are always happy to help or call 888-PETDOOR.

Are Bones Safe For Dogs?

The holidays are right around the corner and that means delicious treats and once-a-year meals we all enjoy. We may be tempted to share some of our holiday feast with our pup pals, especially the coveted bones. However, some bones are not a good idea. In fact, they can be dangerous and cause serious injury to your pet.

The safety of bones is a hotly debated topic among dog owners and veterinarians, especially in the raw dog food community. This school of thought believes dogs should eat only eat raw meat, bones, vegetables, and fruit and avoid processed dog food. There are, however, some basics that all dog lovers agree on to keep our pets healthy and safe.

Universal Tips About Bone Safety for Dogs:

  • Dogs should only be given raw chicken, turkey, beef or lamb bones. Cooked bones have a higher tendency to splinter and crack increasing the likelihood of causing an internal perforation or tear.
  • Never give your dog a cooked bone from the family dinner!
  • Do not leave your dog unattended while eating.
  • Take the bone away after 10-15 minutes and put it in the refrigerator. Any raw food has the potential for salmonella and E. coli exposure.
  • Dispose of the bone after 3-4 days.

Not all veterinarians agree on the exact rules to follow regarding bones and safety. Many veterinarians caution against giving dogs bones at all and warn the only bones safe for dogs are uncooked bones, larger than their head. If you are looking for an absolute way to protect your furry friend, do not give your dog a bone. There is always a risk of choking. Your vet will be able to best advise you on their recommendations and answer any questions you may have. You, ultimately, will need to decide what you are comfortable with feeding your dog.

Additional Thoughts on Bone Safety for Dogs:

  • Only give your dog a bone it is impossible for them to swallow.
  • Don’t feed your dog pork or rib bones as they are more likely to splinter.
  • Give your dog a bone after a meal when they are less hungry and not as likely to eat the whole thing.
  • Do not give a dog who’s had dental work a bone.
  • Bones with marrow should not be given to a dog with pancreatitis.
  • Bones given to your dog should be smooth to the touch. Rough edges are hard on the mouth, gums and teeth.

Bones can be a delightful treat for your pet and most vets and other experts agree there are bones safe for dogs to enjoy. If you have any doubts or concerns, be sure to talk to your vet and make the decision right for you and your pet. Holiday treats should be just that, a treat, and not cause stress or worry. As we all prepare for the busy holiday season, PlexiDor Dog Doors hopes we all find a little less stress and more convenience in our daily routines. Allowing your pet the freedom to come and go outside as they need may be of help at this time. Whether this year has us home more than usual or the end of year hustle and bustle keeps us away from home a bit more, it helps to know the dog isn’t waiting by the back door, needing to go out. A PlexiDor Dog Door can provide the convenience dogs and dog owners alike are looking for. Contact us or call 888-PETDOOR to answer any questions. We are always happy to help!

Benefits of a Dog Door

There are more benefits of a dog door than just convenience for the dog owner. Although convenience is a key factor. Your dog’s health and happiness profit from the addition of a dog door. A well-constructed, attractive door is even an asset to your home. As dog owners we want the best for our companions and allowing them freedom outside can provide safety for them and peace of mind for us.

French Door Dog Door

Your dog’s health is a primary concern for all dog owners. While dogs can hold their urine for long stretches, many up to 8 hours, it’s not good for their urinary health. It can lead to urinary tract infections and other more serious bladder and kidney diseases. The easiest way to keep urinary health up is regular drinking and urination. This can be facilitated by a pet door.

The dog door also reduces your dog’s stress when they need to go to the bathroom. They know they shouldn’t relieve themselves in the house, but they just can’t hold it any longer. They don’t want to disappoint you by going in the house. Stress affects a dog’s overall health just as it does ours.

They may begin to show signs of stress and anxiety by tearing up the house. Or their way of signaling you they need to use the bathroom may be to scratch on the door. Either way, it saves your house to install a dog door.

Safety is another benefit of a dog door. In case of an emergency, your dog can exit the house on their own.

Dogs can also get stimulation from being outside they can lack by being cooped up indoors.

And, of course, there is convenience for you and your pet that a dog door affords.

If you have security concerns surrounding a dog door that may outweigh the benefits of a dog door, consider a PlexiDor Dog Door. Our doors come with a security plate standard. Our Electronic dog doors have a RFID chip for the collar that allows only the dog wearing the chip access to the door. If you have any questions, contact us or call 888-PET-DOOR. Our Customer Service team is happy to answer any questions!

Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe During Halloween

Halloween is a spooky, fun time of year and all the candy, costumes and creepy décor are the best part for people. Unfortunately, they can be major stressors for our canine companions, but don’t worry. Keeping your dog safe and healthy during Halloween is easy by taking a few precautions.

6 Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe This Halloween

  • Put the candy up and out of reach. Dogs should not have any kind of candy for many reasons.   1) Chocolate is toxic for dogs and it can even be lethal. Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate and seizures.   2) Raisins and many nuts are dangerous for dogs and raisins can be lethal.   3) Wrappers, string and sticks come with candy and can cause blockages that may need medical attention
  • Don’t leave your dog out Halloween night. People can be cruel and despicable things have been known to happen to animals on Halloween night. This is especially true for black cats and dogs.
Keep your dog safe during Halloween and keep your darker colored and black dogs inside

Keep your dog safe during Halloween and keep your darker colored and black dogs inside

  • Keep pumpkins, Harvest corn, and other decorations out of reach.  Dogs like to chew; especially new chewy things. Plastic decorations and the sweet smell coming from a pumpkin may be too difficult to resist, so save yourself a potential trip to the vet for gastrointestinal upset or blockage and keep these things out of reach.
  • Candle lit pumpkins and electrical cords should be kept out of reach to prevent a fire, a burn or an electric shock. It is always better safe than sorry!
  • Costumes can cause stress. When we wear costumes our pets may be stressed. They may make noise, not show our face, or just look weird. Costumes also cause stress for pets when they wear costumes. Many dogs do not enjoy wearing clothes and even those that do may be upset by a costume if it interferes with their movement, sight or ability to breathe or bark. Be sure to try the costume on them and make sure it’s comfortable for them.
Three dogs dressed in sheets as ghosts. These dogs feel safe in a Halloween costume.
These dogs don’t mind their Halloween costumes
  • Keep stressed out pooches safe on Halloween night and away from the busy front door. Many dogs would prefer a quiet room to themselves. Some animals who are quite social may revel in all the visitors, but if your dog seems upset by all the commotion, give them a secluded spot to be alone. Should your dog get out during the front door opening and closing a million times, be sure he’s micro-chipped and your contact information is up to date. A collar with up to date contact info never hurts either.

As each dog is different, all concerns won’t apply to all dogs. To keep your dog safe during Halloween, determine which of the above applies to your situation and furry friend and take those precautions. For your PlexiDor Dog Door, you can lock the security door for the night or disconnect your RFID chip Electronic dog door for the evening. Contact us via email or call our Customer Service at 888-PETDOOR for product help or questions.

70s and 80s President’s Dogs (1969 – 1989)

Richard Nixon through Ronald Reagan

The 70s and 80s president’s dogs saw the end of the Vietnam war, the launch of reusable shuttles to space and the worst stock market crash since the Great Depression.  There were many events that altered our way of life and set the course for our future during this time, in addition to the three previously mentioned. Among these events are the voting age was lowered to 18, Watergate, the first personal home computers and the Atari 2600 were released, the Three Mile Island incident, John Lennon was killed, a global recession, Sandra Day O’Connor was seated as the first female Supreme Court Justice, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded and Americans awareness of world hunger, drug trafficking, missing children and drunk driving become epidemic.

Between the rise of America’s technological advancements and it’s increasing global awareness, dogs remained the most popular pets in the country.   They provided loyalty and comfort amid presidential scandals and assassination attempts. In fact, Ronald Reagan (1981 – 1989) had a Bouvier des Flandres named Lucky that may have helped him pull through the attempt on his life in 1981.

70s and 80s presidents dogs
President Ronald Reagan and his Bouvier des Flandres, Lucky from an LA Times article

More interesting facts on the 70s and 80s Presidents dogs…

  • The award to the president with the “most” dogs goes to Ronald Reagan with six. In addition to the Bouvier, he had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a Golden Retriever, an Irish Setter, a Siberian Husky, and a Belgian Sheepdog. However, only the Bouvier, Lucky, and the Spaniel, Rex, lived at the White House. The rest stayed on his ranch in California.
Rex, the Reagan’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The “most popular breed” was the Golden Retriever. Gerald Ford (1974 – 1977) had two, a mother and daughter named Liberty and Misty respectively.

A Golden Retriever, the breed Gerald had in the White House
  • The “most unpopular breed” was the Border Collie. Jimmy Carter’s (1977 – 1981) daughter, Amy, was given a Collie mix, Grits, by her teacher, but it was returned as it was biting visitors.
  •  The “most presidential” dog, based on her name, was Gerald Ford’s Golden Retriever, Liberty.
  • The “smallest dog” in the White House was Richard Nixon’s Yorkshire Terrier, Pasha.
Pasha, Richard Nixon’s Yorkshire Terrier
  • Nixon was also accompanied by a French Poodle, Vicki, and an Irish Setter, King Timahoe.
  • Both Reagan and Ford had dogs with the name Lucky. While Reagan’s was the afore mentioned Bouvier, Ford’s dog was a mixed breed.
  • Jimmy Carter had a very trendy breed of the time period, an Afghan Hound named Lewis Brown.
An Afghan Hound

During the 20 years these four presidents were in office, only 8 dogs of their dogs lived in the White House.  The 70s and 80s president’s dogs were a varied lot, ranging in size from a Yorkie to a Golden Retriever and Irish Setter. Had there been a PlexiDor Dog Door at 1600 Pennslyvania Avenue, they would have needed a large size door. Smaller dogs can use the larger door just fine. To find out more about the PlexiDor Dog Door contact us or call 888-PET-DOOR today!

Obesity in Dogs: What You Need to Know

Obesity in dogs is a serious problem for their health and overall quality of life. Just like in humans, there is a difference between being overweight and being obese. Overweight is weighing 10-20% above the ideal body weight for the breed and obese is 20% or more above weight for the breed. It is preventable and reversible with proper diet and exercise. As October 14th is National Pet Obesity Day, let’s look at signs your dog is overweight and the health risks that are associated with it.

Obesity in dogs is a health issue

Recognizing Overweight and Obese Dogs:

  • Take a look at your dog’s ribs. You should be able to feel them without excess fat on them. A heavy fat layer above the ribs is a warning sign.
  • When looking at your pup from above, he should have an obvious waistline.
  • Consult your veterinary health professional should you have doubts about your dog’s healthy weight

It’s important to recognize and curtail overweight tendencies before it leads to obesity in dogs. Excess fat negatively impacts a dog’s health and longevity and increases their risk for many diseases. They can be prone to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. The additional weight also leads to osteoarthritis and faster degeneration of their joints. In addition, many dogs may develop urinary bladder stones.

At times, excess weight on a dog may be a symptom of another problem. Diseases like hypothyroidism – an underactive thyroid gland or Cushing’s disease – overactive adrenal glands can lead to obesity. This is why it is important to stay on top of changes in your dog’s weight with your vet and monitor their diet and exercise levels.

A happy dog is a healthy dog. Keep your dog at a healthy weight and watch for any potential issues that may lean towards obesity in your dog. A tubby puppy may not fit through the PlexiDor Dog Door anymore and you’d need to go up a size! Not to mention it’s not good for their health. Wishing you and your pooches a happy and healthy October!