In many houses, the best route to the outside goes through a glass door or even a window. Historically, mounting a pet door in glass has been nearly impossible, but with the PlexiDor Glass Series we are working to provide you with a pet door in your french doors, sliding patio door, or glass patio door.
To install a PlexiDor pet door through glass, an installer will come to your house and measure the width, thickness, and height of your existing pane. The dog door or cat door is mounted in a new pane, which will be installed exactly the same way as the original glass. Thus, the old pane can be put back if you were ever to sell your home to someone without a pet, or if you no longer require a pet door.
Security is an important factor in today’s world, and many might hesitate to install a pet door because it is one more opening in the home that might let in unwanted persons. These are valid concerns, and we here at PlexiDor pet doors have taken measures to help you feel safe.
Every PlexiDor dog door and cat door comes with a lock and key. The lock features a steel cam inside a hardened metal cylinder.
The doors also come with a steel security plate that is easily attached to the door frame and can be installed when leaving home for an extended period of time.
For those who wish to use the security plate on an everyday basis, the PlexiDor sliding track system is a convenient accessory. Slide the plate down the track and lock it in place with a handy flip lock feature.
There is also an electronic version of the PlexiDor that will only open for pets with a key. The door is controlled by RFID and the pet carries the key on the collar. When the pet comes close enough to the door it slides open – but only for collar keys with the right combination.
Don’t hesitate to contact us with any security concerns you might have.
Pet sizes – and pet door sizes – can seem confusing, because it’s relative to a person’s frame of reference. If a person is used to Rottweilers, a Beagle looks like a small dog. To a person used to teacup Yorkshire terriers, the Beagle is pretty big.
To make this more confusing, the right size pet door often looks small compared to the pet. Dogs tend to duck their heads and lift their feet when they go through, so the opening doesn’t have to be as tall as the pet. If you have larger and smaller pets together, the PlexiDor opens so easily that a smaller pet can generally use a larger pet door.
The weights in the list below are guidelines. If your pet is right on the spot you might need to measure him or her and compare with the opening size. Or, contact our customer service. They are experienced and happy to help.
PlexiDor size small
This pet door is small, and has a single pane design. The opening is 6.5 x 7 1/4 inches. It is suitable for cats up to 24 pounds and dogs up to 9 pounds. Common breeds are chihuahuas, papillons, yorkshire terriers, and pomeranians.
PlexiDor size medium
This dog door is intended for dogs up to 40 pounds. The opening is 9 x 12 inches, and common breeds are corgis, dachshunds, beagles, pekingese, cocker spaniels, shelties, and many terriers.
PlexiDor size large
The large PlexiDor dog door has an opening of 11 3/4 x 16 inches, and it is intended for dogs up to 100 pounds. Common breeds are Labradors, Collies, German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Golden Retrievers.
PlexiDor size extra large
The extra large PlexiDor dog door has an opening of 16 x 23 3/4 inches and is intended for dogs up to 220 pounds. Larger dogs might be able to use it, depending on their build. Common breeds are Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Newfoundlands, Old English Sheepdogs, and Irish Wolfhounds.
More sizing help and information
You can download an overview of sizes – with opening sizes and needed cut holes – with examples of dog breeds and installation heights here.
The PlexiDor Electronic is a unique pet door solution that works well for both dogs and cats. The door has a composite panel that slides up and down, and the panel is controlled by an RFID key attached to the pet’s collar.
When the pet comes close to the door, the panel slides up. The door will only open for pets with the right key. When the door is closed the panel acts as a security door.
The collar key is waterproof and lacks moving parts, so it is very sturdy while being small enough not to disturb the pet.
See the PlexiDor Electronic dog door and cat door in action in this video:
The October/November issue of Window and Door Magazine features the PlexiDor Pet door, and mentions that these dog doors and cat doors are shatter resistant with a material specially formulated to resist damage from sunlight, extreme temperatures, and high impact.
The high impact point is particularly important for households with large and giant dogs. There is a lot of energy in a running dog in a hurry to reach the outside, and giant breeds often break other types of doors.
The article also mentions that each panel is lined with industrial grade weather seal for maximum energy efficiency, and that the PlexiDor dog doors and cat doors are created with security in mind.
PlexiDor Pet Doors have been featured in the Florida Business Observer, in an article focusing on business growth and how Joseph Ambrose – company owner – pulled the pet door company out of the recession into a stage of growth.
The article mentions, “The today at PlexiDor is wrapped around more than 50 lines and varieties of saloon-style, shatter resistant, two-way pet doors that go on the bottom of people doors. Prices range from $163 to $1,249 a door. The products are chew-proof and made with hardened acrylic panels. The goal is to make something secure, sturdy and energy efficient.”
To read the entire article, click on the image below, or follow this link.
Most pets take to the PlexiDor pet door, because they can see the outside through the panel, and it is easy for them to open the dog door or cat. Teaching a cat or dog to use the Plexidor pet door usually takes somewhere between a few seconds and a week.
If your cat or dog doesn’t immediately go through the pet door, try propping the panels open and calling for the pet. Put something they really want on the other side, like some stinky treat. The smellier the better, and small pieces of cheese or meat usually does the trick.
Be patient, and praise progress.
When it comes to the electronic PlexiDor pet door, the trick is to get the pet close enough for the panel to open. Place the treat on the bottom lip of the pet door. When your pet approaches to get the treat, the collar key will open the door. Most pets catch on quickly.
Pets are different, just like we are. Some will get it and love their dog door or cat door at first sight, others need a little longer. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help!
The prize will be delivered to the winner’s door – or to a shelter or rescue of their choice. If you haven’t entered yet there’s still time. The contest is open until November 30th.
Fido Friendly Magazine writes, “Here is a FUN contest shared with us by our friends atPlexiDor – Check it out!
PlexiDor, manufacturing high-quality performance pet doors since 1985, is giving away 1,000 lbs of Black Gold Premium Dog Food to a lucky winner, or to the rescue of their choice! Runners up will win Dunkin Donuts gift cards.
Visit plexidors.com/contest-2014and submit a photo of your dog using any dog door. It doesn’t have to be a PlexiDor. It’s okay to improvise and be creative!”
The PlexiDor contest where one lucky winner will get 1,000 lbs of dog food delivered to their door or to their favorite rescue has been featured in August edition of the Pet Business magazine.
If you haven’t entered the contest yet, doing so is fun and easy. All you have to do is submit a photo of your dog using any dog door. First prize is 1,000 lbs of dog food. Runners up win Dunkin Donuts gift cards.
Many find pet door sizing counter-intuitive. It’s easy to fall into the thought-trap that the dog door needs to be as tall as the dog is, and the right size can look small compared to the dog.
Remember that most dogs bow their head and lift their legs when they go through the door. This means the dog door can be shorter than the dog.
A correctly installed dog door is raised from the floor, making a threshold for the dog to step over. Look at the image top right.
Why not make the door taller?
It might be an option for a family with fairly small pets. If you have a large dog, that would give an enormous hole in the door or wall. Besides being inefficient, a door panel the size of a Great Dane would be very heavy for the dog to open.
What if I have smaller and larger pets?
The PlexiDor dog doors are easy to open, and a smaller pet can generally open and use a larger door. You might have to adjust the height from the floor to find a position where the large dog doesn’t have to crouch to get through, and the smaller dog can still reach to get in and out.
PlexiDor dog doors come in sizes from small to extra large, and can accommodate everything from the smallest Chihuahua to an Irish Wolfhound.
Click here to download a size chart with recommended dog weights and dog door measurements. If you have any questions about door sizing, don’t hesitate to contact customer service. They have extensive experience and will help you find the best door for your pets.
The Calgary Sun recently ran a feature on PlexiDor Pet Doors, and readers of the May 17th issue can learn about the doors and see photos.
The paper says, “For those tired of playing doorman to their dog, there is an answer – even for extra large breeds such as Great Dane, St. Bernard, Old English Sheepdog, Newfoundland, Irish Wolfhound, Rottweiler, and Grand Pyrenees.”
The article goes on with describing how the frames of PlexiDor dog doors and cat door are engineered using hardened aluminum that prevents bending, rusting, cracking, and warping.
Combining rugged and durable materials has resulted in a dog door that can take the pounding of large breeds that sometimes hit the door at a full run.
The Extra Large PlexiDor dog door weighs approximately 18 lbs and can be mounted in a standard household door, or through a wall. The doors come in three colors – silver, white, and bronze. Each door is equipped with a lock, key, and steel security plate.
PlexiDor dog doors and cat doors are becoming quite popular in Canada, because the door stand up to the harsh climate. The pet doors were recently featured in the Regina Leader-Post.
The article mentions how the PlexiDor pet doors feature saloon style doors that won’t require replacement of flaps, that the panels are energy efficient and shatter resistant, and that the doors are made for installation through a household door or a wall.
PlexiDor dog doors and cat door are constructed to provide safe and easy access for pets without the human having to get up and act as doorman. The doors have security features such as lock and key, and a steel security plate, and the electronic door can only be operated by pets with an RF-ID key.
PlexiDor Pet Doors were recently featured in an article in the London Free Press, mentioning how a multitude of items enable dog owners to offer their pets the best.
The article mentions that “we seem to finally have reached a point where we no longer have to justify a devotion to our pets” and continues with explaining how pet-friendly people nowadays don’t care how others feel about them and their pets.
“If Snoopy or Garfield were to go outside on their own, the options for pet doors were once very limited. You had the flap and you had the squeeze, but nothing that matched the quality of the windows and doors on the rest of your house.
Now pet door sizes range from kitten to pony and are made from durable products, warranted against failure. You can still buy the vinyl flap, but it’s hardly an option for a Canadian winter. These days doors are lockable, durable and claim to stand up to whatever the Great White North can throw at them.
Manufacturer Plexidor specializes in a shatter resistant saloon-style door with an aluminum frame that’s guaranteed to never warp, rust, bend or crack. If you have the budget and the desire to make Lassie the envy of the neighbourhood, Plexidor’s Electronic Door and Electronic Wall versions feature a programmable panel and other elements akin to a house security system. Concern about a possum or raccoon following your furry family member into the house are eliminated with these particular doors. Only the dog or cat that’s wearing a special pre-programmed collar key will gain access.”
PlexiDor Pet Doors recently visited the 2014 UKC Premiere show in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The UKC, or United Kennel Club, was founded in 1898 and is the largest all-breed performance dog registry in the world. UKC registers dogs from all 50 states as well as 25 other countries.
Many clubs only accept pure-bred dogs with pedigree, but UKC has an inclusive policy and strives to provide shows where all dogs can participate. There is a purebred dog registry, but also a program open to mixed breeds and purebreds who for some reason don’t fit into the regular purebred registry. They might have a “fault” that excludes them from the breed standard, or be of unknown pedigree.
PlexiDor pet doors go to the Premiere event every year and give away 10 dog doors as prizes. It’s a fun event for us, because previous years’ winners often come by to tell us their experiences with the doors. This year is noteworthy; it’s the first time the same dog has won two doors!
Congratulations to all the winners. We hope to see you at the show in 2015!
Late May, PlexiDor pet doors traveled to Interzoo in Nuremberg, Germany to show the dog doors and cat door.
Interzoo is the world’s largest trade fair for the international pet supplies industry and it only takes place every second year. Around 1,700 exhibitors from over 50 countries showed the latest products for pets.
The show started in 1950 when four member companies presented their new products on pasting tables during the annual conference of the German Pet Trade and Industry Association. This year’s show saw over 37,000 visitors from over 120 countries.
The next Interzoo exhibition will take place May 26-29 in 2016.
A new article on the Pet Business website mentions how pet products must be both effective and attractive; pet parents want products that work for their pets and complement the living environment. This applies to everything from food and water bowls matching the kitchen decor to pet doors.
The article interviews Joseph Ambrose, president of PlexiDor Pet Doors. He says, “Looks are important for dog doors too” and mentions that the frames on the PlexiDor dog doors and cat door are made from aluminum and available in white, silver, or bronze.
Mr. Ambrose also says, “It [the door] has to match the quality of their kitchen or their family room. People do not want paint that can be scraped off.”
The article goes on to mention how people also do not want other animals than their own to enter the house. “PlexiDor also offers the PDE Electronic Pet Door, which opens only when it reads the RFID on the pet’s collar. That way cats stay in, wildlife and svelte burglars stay out, and dogs come and go as they please. In addition, the wind cannot open the hardened acrylic door the way it might blow open a polyvinyl flap door. Also new from PlexiDor is a rain awning.”
PIJAC stands for the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. PIJAC Canada is a non-profit dedicated to representing the Canadian pet industry, and to the highest level of pet care. Each year the organization arranges a number of trade shows and events around the country, and PlexiDor pet doors visited the Western Pet Expo that took place in Richmond, BC, May 4 to 5 2014.
The Western Pet Expo is a huge 2-day event, and it is British Columbia’s only all inclusive pet industry trade show. The PlexiDor dog doors and cat door are well suited for harsh climates, and stand up to the Canadian winters. It is difficult to find products that will keep cold, rain, snow, and wind outside, but the PlexiDor poses an effective barrier to the elements. It also keeps summer flies and other nuisances outside.
There is a Canadian area on the PlexiDor website, and the product catalog is available for viewing and download in French for those who prefer that language. The doors can be seen in stores all over the country.
Over 50 percent of Canadian households have at least one cat or dog. There are almost 8 million cats and 6 million dogs in the country.
Many people are curious about the electronic pet doors. Here are answers to some of the most common questions:
Q: What is an electronic pet door? A: Electronic pet doors open when a pet with a collar key comes close enough to trigger it. In some doors the key releases the catch on the door so the pet can push it open. When it comes to the PlexiDor Electronic pet door, the cat or dog has an RF-ID key on the collar, and the door opens automatically when the key comes into range.
Q: What if one of my neighbors has an electronic dog door just like this one? A: There are thousands of key codes, and the door will be programmed to open to your pets’ keys only.
Q: Will burglars be able to enter through the electronic pet door? A: That is not likely. The door has an interior stainless steel locking bar, and the panel is shatter resistant. If a burglar were to say hit the panel with a baseball bat, the bat bounces back. The frame is made from heavy aluminum that won’t bend like plastic does. It would be easier to break in through a window.
Q: Will an electronic pet door let the dog out but keep the cats in? A: Maybe. We can’t guarantee that; cats are small and quick, and they often figure out that they can sneak out with the dog. Some customers use an indoor “underground fence” solution to keep cats away from the door.
Q: My dog likes to swim. Will water damage the key? A: No. The keys are water proof.
Q: Is it difficult to use a PlexiDor Electronic pet door?
A: No, it is easy to add and change collar codes, and the keys snap on to the pet’s collar easily. The pets usually figure the door out in a matter of minutes, and our support staff is standing by to assist with any problems.
Q: What kind of warranties do you have? A: Every PlexiDor comes with a 5 year warranty, and a 90 day unconditional return guarantee. If you purchase a door and don’t like it, return it within 90 days and get your money back.