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    Quote Originally Posted by findeb View Post
    We got a larger one of these dog-doors when we moved in to our place, glazier removed the glass window next to the sliding door and replaced it with one with the hole cut in for the dog door, so it cost about $600 ... but Ruby races through it like a bat out of hell and has broken two dog flaps so far. They say they have a lifetime warranty, but I'm not sure they're boxer proof - we just have the hole in the glass now until we think of another solution.

    Sean, do you keep the glass sliding door open all the time? or get up and let the dogs in and out as they wish?
    I just keep the sliding door open but the fly screen door shut which worked a treat because Mojo can open the fly screen door with his nose. Bronx got jack of been left out so he just ran straight through the fly screen so now its a big flap that falls back into place.

    I let Mojo in the laundry during the day and he comes and goes as he pleases.......Bronx is outsided the other side of the house where the glass doors are shut. He's to much of a destroyer to be inside while i'm not home.


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    I'm revisiting this thread as I'm about to buy one of those sliding door inserts. But I want it cheap, of course. I considered buying this one: Large Pet Door - temporary pet door for dogs or cats But it gets some pretty scathing reviews on Productreview and I have a strong suspicion that some or all of the very positive reviews on that same site might have been by friends/relatives or paid reviewers. It is very cheap ($145 + $20 postage), but I'd be pretty peed off if it broke after a short time.

    Then there's the Bunnnings ones. Pet Door Sliding Hartman 385x270mm Large Pd-l I/N 3961412 | Bunnings Warehouse $229 and no postage needed. They're aluminum so should be a bit more robust.

    Another difference between the two is the clearance (the bit between floor and bottom of the flap) which is 10cm for the 1st and 23cm for the second. Not sure which one's better. I want the door to be used both by Banjo (who is still overweight - we're working on it!), the foster pup who is outgrowing Banjo and our 4kg cat. It would be great if it would be effective at keeping our tiny foster kittens in but allow the others to go out, but that may be a bit too much to ask.

    Anyone any idea about the quality of these? I know they won't be as good as the Patiolink ones, but I simply cannot afford those.

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    You can get those magnetic stick on flywire from Big W for around $10 - the same things that used to be on late night tv. Work quite well with a dog but the next one I get I'm going to nail it to wooden frame and stick that on instead of the Velcro which is pretty useless.

    Not sure what I'd do if I was renting. I guess dog would be locked in while I was out, and have to ask to go out when I was home (eg sit at door and bark or ring a bell).

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    I own the house, but I only have sliding doors into the yard. It needs to be solid to keep the cold out in winter too though.

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    I've got a magnetic doggy door so it seals out drafts and potentially stops any snakes getting inside. It's noisy but I wouldn't use anything else. I'm not sure if you can get a similar thing for a glass door ... mines' in the laundry door which is normal wooden door. Beloz, best to spend a bit more now and get a good setup rather than wishing you had and then spending more money later to replace the cheap option

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    I'll go for the Bunnings option then. It's all I can afford right now, but hopefully it being aluminum will make it strong enough. I think it has the flap with magnets, which is what I want for the cat too.

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    My dogs don't need a pet door...because I'm the doorman.
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    So I got the last sliding door insert thingy at our local Bunnings. Got to the register and the EFTPOS machine let's me - and everyone around me - know they I've run out of funds.

    So I had to rethink my idea. And decided that my original idea of putting a dog door in the internal laundry door and then just leaving the external sliding door open is actually going to work better after all. The laundry gets lots of sun I discovered. So by keeping the internal door closed, the house will stay cooler in summer and I also won't have to heat an extra room in winter.

    Went back to Bunnings, but they didn't have ANY dog doors in stock this time, so just ordered a Staywell one on eBay from the UK. Can't wait for it to arrive.

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