How To Install A Dog Door

The experts at Lowe's Home Improvement Stores have another great video for the do-it-yourselfers.  Have you wanted to install a dog door at your home?  Well Lowe's home improvement expert, Mike Kraft, demonstrates how to install one. Before installing, make sure to measure your dog for proper fit. Measure from the widest points, most likely shoulder to shoulder, and add two inches. Then measure from the shoulder to the bottom of the chest or belly (whatever is larger) and add two inches. These dimensions will help you choose the right size dog door. Note: allow for additional room if your dog is still growing. 



And keep in mind - this is an opening to your home, consider security aspects when deciding to add a dog door.


Lisa Von Domek


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Comment balloon 20 commentsLisa Von Domek • March 10 2016 06:17AM


Good morning Lisa. This is a great idea but not one I would ever do on my own. I would also be afraid other animals would come in too. 

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 5 years ago

They scare me.....there is nothing that would keep other critters from roaming into your house also.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 5 years ago

Anyone who installs a dog door should also be made aware of the additional security risk it posses to their home and family Lisa Von Domek 

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) almost 5 years ago

Hello Sheila Anderson 

They are certainly not for everyone.  With the size of my dogs, I would be better off just to leave the door open!  LOL

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 5 years ago

Hello Roger D. Mucci 

Yes, very could have unwanted furry guests!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 5 years ago

Hello Bob "RealMan" Timm 

Absolutely, this is another way into a home and should be treated as such.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 5 years ago

Exactly Lisa. :)

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 5 years ago

We installed a dog door when we put in our addition.  Since we had sliding doors, I made it right into the wall and out to the deck.  It had to be close to the floor because of the short legs of our dachshund.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) almost 5 years ago

I think you can get just about everything you need to know about DIY via video these days.

I've seen people put dog doors in the door to their garages, which means the door is no longer an approved fire door - inspectors always bring this up - I've had buyers request this be fixed in repairs requests

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

One thing I want to point out that gave me much joy and will do the same for you is the first moment that the pet finds out about the door and uses it. Just precious

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 5 years ago

Great post on dog door installations. I don't have a dog yet. I am waiting for  full retirement so that I can really enjoy and take care of one.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Lisa this is a video pet owners should see, so hopefully some of them will be reading your blog.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 5 years ago

Measuring to make sure the door is big enough is a key step in this process. You don't want to find out that your buddy can only get his head through the door after you've worked all afternoon on this project. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 5 years ago

This is very useful and many people will enjoy this Lisa.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 5 years ago

Good evening Lisa Von Domek ,

It's not for everyone but is certainly for some! Thanks for the video...pretty awesome!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) almost 5 years ago

I saw a video showing thieves (a very skinny thief) crawling through a teeny, tiny pet door. It shocked me so people had better be careful.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) almost 5 years ago

Lisa love the video never the less I would need my handyman to do it... I know my limitations...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 5 years ago

Hi Lisa - your dogs would certainly need a very large door.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) almost 5 years ago


Thanks for sharing the tip on how to install a dog door.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 5 years ago

I am pet friendly, but doggy doors will be called out as a security risk doing a home inspection, some homeowners install them on thier firedoor off the garage which breaches the one hour our fire protection. 

Posted by Fred Sweezer Sr., Certified Home Inspector (Hud Certified 203K Consultant) almost 5 years ago

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