2021 has certainly been a challenging year in more ways than one. As it draws to a close and 2022 looms on the horizon, it gives us all an opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to what lies ahead. In addition to the Covid pandemic and all the issues it has wrought including disruptions to global supply chains and personnel, this year was especially difficult for Hale Pet Door in that back in May, we lost the founder and owner of our company, Bill Hale. Bill led Hale Pet Door since its beginnings and we do miss him greatly. But his three wonderful daughters have taken over the company and we continue to move on to bigger and better things and look forward with eager anticipation to the new year ahead.
As this year ends, we wanted to wish all of our customers, our dealers, our franchises, our vendors, and our four-legged customers the best of all possible times as we look ahead. We appreciate how many of you have welcomed us into your lives and shared a little bit of yourselves with us. We want to thank you all for helping us make Hale Pet Door a continuing success and tribute to Bill and look forward to what we can do together in the future.
As a dog owner, you are constantly trying to give your dogs a loving, safe, and healthy environment. You feel the love and affection from your dog every day, and you want to do everything you can to return the feeling. However, if your home has a sliding glass door that leads to the backyard, you’ve probably experienced the conundrum of dog door shopping.
You want to give your dog freedom to be outside whenever they want and also give them the ability to let themselves out to go to the bathroom late at night or during the day when you’re not home. But, how do you put a pet door through a sliding glass door? You actually have more options than you may have guessed — two to be exact.
Here are the best options for you if you are a dog owner with a sliding glass door.
In-Glass Dog Door Models
Your first option when it comes to putting a pet door in a “people” glass door is an in-glass model. These doors can be inserted directly through single or double-paned glass. They tend to be much more discrete, as they sit in the bottom corner of your door, and allow you to keep your view into your backyard and the complete passage width of your sliding glass door.
One important piece to keep in mind when it comes to in-glass pet doors is that they have to be professionally installed. Specially trained technicians will come to your home and measure the size of your people door and the dog door that needs to be inserted. After installation is completed, they will typically follow-up with a phone call to ensure everything is working properly.
Professional installation is extremely important to avoid shattering your entire glass door. Today most doors are made with tempered glass which cannot be cut and a new glass pane is required. Therefore, you will also pay for the time and labor it takes to have your in-glass pet door installed. If you’re looking for an option that you can install yourself in order to avoid these fees, a panel insert may be the perfect option for you.
Panel Dog Door Models
Panel doors are vertical inserts with a pet door already installed at the bottom that can be placed next to a sliding glass door. So, rather than cutting a hole through the glass in your door, this insert can be placed in the opening when your sliding door is partially open. The panel fits right on the tracks of the sliding door, and gives your dog all the freedom they could ever want. A panel can also sometimes be installed behind the stationary panel of your sliding glass door as another option. This allows the original locking mechanism of your sliding glass door to work as usual.
Keep in mind that when the panel is inserted, there will be less space for you and your family to enter and exit your sliding door. Make sure things like strollers and wheelchairs can still fit through the door opening after the panel is inserted.
The Hale Pet Door
At Hale Pet Door, we offer both of these dog doors for sliding glass doors. Check out our full range of in-glass, panel, and other model pet doors. Shop sliding glass dog doors now. If it’s an in-glass dog door you’re after, be sure to contact our customer service line before purchasing so we can give you more information on installation.
Hale offers some of the highest quality pet doors on the market. Top-quality, your and your pet’s health and safety, and your home’s security are all top-of-mind when we design and create our pet door products. We offer maintenance parts like replacement flaps and security barriers too. These parts help to maximize the lifespan of your Hale Pet Door product.
Choosing the best pet door for your home might sound like an easy task. However, there are more things to consider than you might think. You want to give your pet the freedom they need. You also want to make sure the security of your home, the safety of you and your pet, and your pet’s overall health aren’t compromised. Maybe you are a new pet owner, or are finally getting around to that to-do list. When you need to install a pet door for your cat or dog, here are some things to consider.
Pet doors come in all sizes. However, one of the first decisions you need to make when choosing a cat or dog door for your home is the model type. If you plan to install your pet’s access door in a “people door” that leads outside, a door model pet door is your best option. These models can be easily installed in virtually any type of door. This gives your pet the same outdoor access that you have in the same convenient location.
Screen model pet access doors are designed to be installed in screen doors or windows. This option is perfect for screened patios or for those homeowners who like to let in a fresh breeze but want to keep out pesky insects.
Wall model cat and dog doors can be installed in just about every wall in your home, whether an interior or exterior wall. You can keep your cat’s litter box, and its smell, behind closed doors, but still give them access with a small cat door through an interior wall. Or, give your dog outdoor access from the garage by installing a wall model pet door in one of the exterior walls.
Or course, other types of pet doors are also available for sliding glass doors, windows, and unique locations like RVs and even fences.
The size of your pet is the next consideration to think through when choosing a pet door. You want to choose a door that will outlast their lifetime growth. Obviously, a small access door will work when your German Shepard is a puppy, but when they’re fully grown, that smaller door will need to be replaced. Planning ahead and purchasing a larger door upfront will save time and money in the long run.
A good guideline when choosing the right-sized pet door is to buy one size bigger than your pet’s full-grown size. This will account for changes in height and width over time. It helps to ensure that they always have extra space and won’t have to squeeze through too small of a door.
Determine the correct size of pet door by measuring your pet’s height and width at the shoulders. Weight is not the best determining factor when choosing a pet door.
Pet Door Placement
Once you’ve decided on the model type you need for your home and your pet, placement is a huge consideration. You need to put yourself in your pet’s shoes. Can they comfortably come and go through the opening in the spot you have chosen?
If your pet’s door is installed too high, your cat or dog constantly has to jump through the opening. This risks chronic wear and damage to their shoulders. A pet door that’s installed too low also poses joint risk. This is especially true for larger dogs who will inevitably have to duck everytime they use the door. In addition, it can cause additional wear on the flaps making them fail sooner.
Ultimately, your pet should be able to take a normal, easy step in and out of the pet door you install. Have them stand next to the spot you plan to install your pet door and mark an outline. (You can use a cardboard cutout to avoid any damage to your home). If it seems it will be too high or low, make adjustments before making any permanent changes to your home.
Other Pet Door Considerations
Children, neighborhood critters, and environment are other considerations to think about as a final step in choosing an access door. You want a dog or cat door that will give your pet freedom, but also won’t allow for anything or anyone else to come or go from your home. Common features or add-ons to pet doors are security barriers, weather stripping and magnets, and security covers.
Make the Right Choice For Your Pet
Clearly, there’s lots to think about when choosing a pet door. You may find deciding on the perfect door is more of a process than you may have originally thought. If you take these considerations into account, you can choose the right pet door for your home and your pet. Keep yourself and your furry friend happy. Shop pet doors now.
Let’s face it, life is busy. You have a lot of things to do. You don’t necessarily have time to spend an entire day, or several days, hopping around from store to store to find a good dog door for your furry friend.
Shopping for dog doors online can be overwhelming at first. You have the entire world of pet doors at your fingertips, but you can’t see them in person. We’ve put together a list of factors to consider and key features to keep in mind for finding the best dog door online.
Look for a Sizing Chart
The best place to start when comparing dog doors online, aside from the price, is the size offerings. Door size is incredibly important when buying a dog door. Buying the wrong size could result in your dog not using the door correctly, or suffering health problems or injuries.
A good pet door company will offer a wide variety of dog door sizes. A chihuahua is obviously going to need a different door than a Great Dane. Good pet companies will take into consideration the range at which they need to offer their products. If you aren’t sure how large your dog door needs to be, a good general rule is measuring their weight and height then sizing up one size.
Extra room will allow for growth overtime and extra fur during colder months. It will make the overall process of using the door easier and safer for them. It will also help prevent the pet door from wearing out prematurely.
Consider Your Placement and Installation
Another indicator of a top quality pet door product is the variety of models that are available and the installation requirements of each type. Every home and pet is different. Therefore different models need to be offered in order to accommodate a large variety of pet-owner needs.
If the pet door company you are considering only offers one type model and insists that it will fit into any space, that’s an immediate red flag. Wall model pet doors are designed differently than screen model pet doors, which are both different from in-glass doors, and so on. As convenient as it would be, dog doors are not a one type fits all kind of product. A quality pet product company should provide for that.
Bonus Dog Door Features
Other features to look for while shopping online for your dog door that prove a company has gone the extra step to provide a quality product are things like:
safety precautions like security barricades
and replacement parts like flaps.
Dog doors are an investment in your dog’s health and happiness. It’s better to invest in a top-quality product now with features that will extend the life of the door or help keep your pet and home safe.
Make That Investment
As we said, a good, long-lasting, well-designed dog door will be a financial investment. But, if you choose the right doggy door for your home and your pet, it will be a one-time cost. Invest in a good dog door now. You won’t have to worry about replacing it later as your dog grows and uses it over time.
Your dog deserves their freedom, and a pet door is the perfect solution. Reward your four-legged friend for the lifetime of love and affection they will give you with the mobility and access a good doggie door will give them. Shop dog doors now.
Having a pet is a large responsibility and can sometimes feel overwhelming. However, there are some simple things you can do consistently to keep your little guys healthy and happy.
Spay or neuter your pets. There are a myriad of reasons why this is so important, not the least of which is because there are already so many animals in need of a home. However, there are health implications as well. Spaying your female pet helps prevent disease, such as ovarian cancer. It also stops her from going into heat, thus eliminating her desire to roam away from home in search of a partner. It will also aid her when it comes to the threat of aggressive male cats or dogs. Neutering your male will avoid the risk of certain cancers, such as testicular cancer. It will also alleviate his desire to get out and roam the neighborhood in search of a female, where he can become victim to cars and more aggressive animals. It’s also a great benefit to the pet parent as the urge to spray and mark furniture will be greatly reduced.
Keeping comfortable is just as important for them as it is to you.
Keep a nice soft bed available for them. Some pet parents allow their pet to sleep in their bed. This is great but just remember that you may have times when your little guy doesn’t have access to the bed. Make sure there is a comfy alternative for him when your bed isn’t the appropriate choice. It is recommended that your pet have a clean, dry, soft bed in a temperate area that is always an appropriate choice, so he knows he always has a place that is for him.
Keep up with veterinarian visits and, of course, vaccinations. When you first bring your pet home you need to take him to the vet. Your vet will set up an immunization schedule and recommend yearly checkups. Regular checkups help to catch health problems before they become overwhelming, and vaccinations keep your pet free of communicable disease.
Proper identification is so important. Keep an id tagged collar or harness on your pet at all times. Even if you don’t expect your pet to be out, the unexpected can happen at any time. An identification should have your pet’s name and pet parent’s phone number that is current. If you have both, a cell and home number are a good idea. It’s just as important to have your pet microchipped. Many shelters do this automatically, but be sure to check with your vet’s office and be sure that your pet receives a microchip if he doesn’t have one already. Don’t forget to update the chip company if you move or change phone numbers.
Watch your pet’s weight. It’s estimated that half of pets in the US are overweight or obese. It’s important that your pet is fed a nutritious and properly portioned diet and receives plenty of exercise. Talk to your vet about the best food choices for your little guy as well as the proper portions. It’s a great idea to make good choices when it comes to treats too. Many dogs love carrots and other produce, there are also great, healthy choices when it comes to premade biscuits and cookies. If you’re unsure, give your vet’s office a call for recommendations. Also, keep in mind that there are foods that are good for us but poisonous to our pets, such as avocados, grapes and raisins. Check an online-accredited pet food reference or with your vet’s office to be sure.
Exercise is just as important, put aside time for playing with and walking your dog as much as possible, and be sure there are plenty of toys and places to climb for your cat. We recommend our HALE PET DOOR for safe and easy access to the back yard for your dog any time of day as well as access to covered runs for your cat.
Practice good hygiene from the beginning. It’s never too late to begin a good hygiene regimen, but the earlier the better. Your dog will become accustomed and even sometimes comforted by bathing, combing, nail clipping and tooth brushing, if you start early enough. Your cat will require nail trimming and sometimes brushing or occasional wipe downs depending on the breed. There are many alternative tooth cleaning products on the market if your pet isn’t keen on the tooth brush. Check your local pet store for great ideas and products. It is recommended to do one thing for your pet’s tooth health each day, whether tooth brushing, tartar control bones or teeth cleaning toys. Make a plan of care with your veterinarian if you are unsure. Also, look for cleaning products that work best with your breed, some pets need moisturizing shampoos or hypoallergenic products.
As always, Hale Pet Door hopes you, your pet and your entire family to stay happy and healthy. We know that this is a trying time for the entire world, we hope your family is safe and comfortable during this pandemic. We applaud the fact that, amid all of the world’s chaos, you are persevering at being the best you can be for your pet’s happiness and health. http://www.halepetdoor.com
Hale Pet Door has been proud to offer our line of security products, ramps, and more for many years to complement our pet doors. However, we are facing unprecedented challenges in receiving materials from some of our suppliers due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This has led to materials shortages, greatly increased supplies and shipping costs, and extremely long lead times for our customers and dealers when placing orders.
Instead of passing on these increased costs to our customers, causing greater frustration due to not receiving products ordered in a timely manner, or settling for building our products with inferior materials, we have made the decision to temporarily discontinue selling our standard doghouse style barriers at this time. You can still purchase a simple security barrier if you need extra protection for accessing your pet door. However, the cedar façade for these barriers will not be available for the foreseeable future as well.
We will revisit this issue in the future and hopefully bring back the entire security barrier line when supply chains are more stable. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about your pet door security, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com and we will try to assist you with your unique situation.
Easter is a favorite holiday for a lot of us. A day spent with time with the familiar, delicious food and treats, and fun activities. However, it also brings items into your home that can be very hazardous to your pets. We’ve compiled a list of some of the dangerous Easter items that your pet may come in contact with this holiday so you can feel more knowledgeable about what to keep out of reach!
This is probably something most of us already know about – chocolate is extremely toxic to dogs. Not only does it contain caffeine, but it also has a chemical in it called theobromine. Cats are most likely affected by it as well, but typically wouldn’t be interested in eating something sweet like chocolate. All types of chocolate are dangers, so it’s very important to always keep it safe and out of reach at all times. If you suspect your pet has consumed any chocolate, or is showing signs of illness such as breathing problems, diarrhea, or vomiting, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
A lot of the egg dye you’ll find in stores are non-toxic, since they’re usually made to be used by children. However, that’s not always the case and you always check the packaging before you choose a product. And although consumption of a non-toxic food dye is not likely to cause harm, our pet’s stomachs can be very sensitive and their system’s can sometimes react in unexpected ways so it’s best to avoid sharing anything with your pet that contains food dye.
Xylitol is a sweetener that is prevalent in many, many foods including peanut butter. This ingredient is highly toxic to dogs and can easily cause death. Even a small amount can make your dog extremely ill. Xylitol causes a rapid release of insulin into a dog’s bloodstream which causes a huge drop in blood sugar. Be sure to read the label of everything you bring into the house and if anything contains this ingredient, keep it safe and impossible for your pooch to reach.
Easter Basket Fillers
The plastic eggs, plastic grass, and other enticing items that often go in baskets can be quite tempting to both dogs and cats. These items can easily cause obstructions in your pet’s digestive tract and can be extremely dangerous. Keep a close on eye on all your pets so that they don’t chew on these things and become sick. If you see any signs of ingestion of these items, such as vomiting, lack of appetite, dehydration, or any other unusual symptoms, contact your veterinarian right away.
Keeping these tips in mind will help you and all your four-legged friends all have a fun, happy, and above all safe Easter celebration.
It’s an interesting question, why get a pet door for your pet when you’ve gotten along all of this time without one? Well, it’s simple, you and your pet have managed without his or her own door, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best thing for you or your pet. Just like most things in life, we learn to do better for ourselves and our loved ones as we become aware of better and healthier ways.
Surprisingly, pet doors can be an attractive, sturdy and beautiful addition to your home. Hale Pet Doors look beautiful, keep your AC and Heat on the inside, and are hand-made with built in features that do not allow pests inside. These are all good reasons to pick Hale, but here’s why you and your best friend need a pet door:
Avoid Health Problems
Just like humans, it can be incredibly uncomfortable and even cause health problems for your pet to hold their bladder and bowels for long periods of time. We are accustomed to being able to use the facilities whenever we need them, just think about how uncomfortable it is on those few occasions when we can’t. This is an issue that your pet has every day when you and your family are away from the house. A pet door solves this problem for your pet.
Your pet’s potty privileges will make your life easier too, he’ll have fewer accidents, and no more scratches on the door or wall from him asking to be let out. He’ll need fewer walks and there will be no more need to get up to let him in or out, usually when you have just sat down and gotten comfortable.
Promote an Active Lifestyle
Access to the outdoors helps to promote an active lifestyle. Instead of lying around all day waiting for you to come home, your pet can come and go at will, this way he will be up and moving, enabling him to stay fit and trim.
Him staying active is good for you too, you won’t feel guilt pangs when you don’t take him for long enough walks after work each day, and you will be secure during vet visits knowing that your pet is fit and a healthy weight.
Give Your Pet Mental Stimulation
The outdoors provide your pet with mental stimulation, helping him to keep his thoughts and mind active. Just like us, we need daily mental stimulation to be our best. Spending time outside gives your pet access to the sights, smells, and sounds of the backyard.
Your pet will tend to bark less and be less needy when he has an active mind and lifestyle.
Having the opportunity to spend time outside helps reduce boredom. Boredom is the usual culprit when our pets chew our shoes, tear the sofa apart, or scratch the furniture. For the same reasons that we tend to eat too much or watch too much TV when our minds are idle, pets get into trouble when they’re bored.
Allow Your Pet the Freedom to Choose
Freedom gives your dog or cat autonomy, which improves their confidence and attitude. Just like us, animals like to feel like they have control over their environment. The ability to choose when to explore, run, or nap gives them the confidence all living creatures need for a healthy self concept.
Save Your Pet in an Emergency
A pet door allows your dog or cat to escape in the event of a fire or other emergencies. This is such an important thing. If we’re not home we need our pets to be able to rescue themselves if something happens in our home.
By the same token, leaving your pet outside without access to the indoors can be just as dangerous. They need to be able to escape the outdoors as well. Weather is unpredictable and heat or cold can be deadly, they need to have the ability to access the shelter of their home at all times.
Give Yourself Peace of Mind
The biggest benefit to owning a pet door may be your peace of mind. Imagine being at work and not having to worry about your dog and whether he needs to be let out. Imagine being able to stop for dinner on the way home instead of hurrying home to check on him. And perhaps the most important thing of all, imagine walking in the front door and not feeling the guilt of having left your pet at home bored all day.
At Hale Pet Door we always want to give pets their best possible lives and we do this by providing the best possible pet doors and pet door products to pet parents and by supporting the pet shelters that keep pets safe and comfortable while waiting for their forever homes. To find out more about our products of for information about how we support pet shelters log into: www.halepetdoor.com.
Most people can agree that bringing home a dog from a shelter is one of the best and most heartwarming experiences. You’ve helped rescue a dog and save his life. You’ve provided a homeless animal with a loving home and family. But what isn’t often discussed is how somewhere around 20% of shelter dogs are returned within the first month of coming home to a new family. Why is this? In part, it is often due to a few easy mistakes that new pet owners make when bringing home a new dog. Here are some tips to make the transition as smooth (and happy) as possible.
New home. New Rules. It’s easy to think that because your new pooch has been living in a shelter, you should allow her as much freedom as possible as she adjusts to her new life. But in actuality, it’s quite the opposite. Even the very first time your new dog enters your home is crucial. This is the moment when she looks to you to let her know what is going to be expected of her. If you simply unleash her and let her run wild, you may be sending a message to her that says ‘Here, go crazy! Do whatever you want.’ This is the time when you will be letting her know what the ground rules are. And believe it or not, dogs thrive in an environment that has clear boundaries.
Consider taking a walk. Before you even enter your home, perhaps take a walk around your block first. Get to know your new dog. Establish some of your first steps of being her leader. Not only will a short walk give her some time to calm down and work out some pent up excitement, but it will help show her that you are in charge. This time will give her some comfort as she also gets to know you.
Don’t be in a rush to unleash. Keep your dog leashed. Do not open the front door and let her run right in and begin running around. This is the time when her senses are on overload with all the new sights and smells. She’s anxious and nervous and wondering what is going to happen next. Assert your leadership by making her wait outside the front door. Even better if you can tell her to sit and wait. Whatever you do, make sure she waits to be invited in. Try to do this same thing as you explore the house with her leashed by your side. It may feel most natural to let her run free, sniffing and exploring her new home, but this is the time when she needs boundaries the most. Strong leadership and rules will give her a feeling of calm and control that will make her feel most secure.
Show her where her things are. Be sure to give her a tour of all of her things as well. Show her the water and food bowls. Introduce her to her bed. Show her where her basket of toys are. This will show her where the things that she’s allowed to play with are. Her bed is her safe place. A place that is only hers. She’ll know these are her toys to play with and that she’s not to chew up other things. She may not immediately wish to lay down or play with her toys, but this will help establish those boundaries.
Be calm. It may feel like now is the time to be excited and play with your new dog, but in actuality, now is the time to radiate calm energy. Keep her leashed for a while. Keep her by your side for a while as you go about typical activities. You are not only showing her that you are in charge, but you’re giving her comfort by keeping her with you at all times. Taking her outside frequently to go potty will help her learn where she’s supposed to go. If there are other family members in the home, remind them to also be calm. As the day goes on, you’ll find the right time to take off the leash and give her a little more room to roam. But maintain your leadership and her boundaries.
First things first! Please do not leave your pets outside in the cold. Most pets do not have a much higher tolerance for cold than we do. Pets can experience hypothermia as well as frostbite to their ears, noses and paws. It is just as important that they have a warm and comfortable place to spend their time as it is for us. Provide them with a warm area away from drafts and cold floors. A pet bed and a cozy blanket are perfect.
Keep your pet’s hair longer during the winter months. It goes without saying that an animal’s fur is their natural coat, so keep it as effective as possible. If your pet is of the short hair or sparse hair variety, then a pet sweater is a great idea. Animals can wear a comfortable sweater all winter long. Just be sure it’s not too tight or too loose.
Keep your pup’s paws healthy. Bring a towel with you on walks and wipe down his feet and underbelly to remove ice, salt and chemicals. Don’t forget in between the toes.
Check your dog and cat’s paws regularly, especially during colder months. Look for dry, rough or cracked skin. Contact with snow, salts and cold ground can be very damaging to skin, even on the tough pads of the paws. It’s helpful to rub petroleum jelly into the pads of their feet before leaving the house.This will create a barrier between their skin and the elements and keep moisture in their skin.
Booties are another great option, if your pet tolerates having them on their feet. Keep in mind that they will need some time to adjust to the feel of shoes, so give them enough time to get used to the idea.
Bathe your pet as little as possible during the winter months.
Just like us, their skin can become dry, irritated and flaky during cold weather. Keeping their natural oils on their skin and coat is the best protection their body has. When you must bathe them, use a moisturizing shampoo. A quick call to your vet for a brand recommendation may be in order.
As always, Hale Pet Door encourages the use of our pet doors, especially during the winter. Your pet knows when their feet are too cold or when they can comfortably go out to play or potty. Freedom of choice between indoors and outdoors is a great way to keep your pet healthy during cold weather.
HALE PET DOOR wants you and your family to have a safe and happy winter. Enjoy your loved ones, including your four-legged kids. The winter is a beautiful time of year. Get out and enjoy the snow in a safe and comfortable way, and enjoy plenty of time inside snuggled up. Have an amazing winter season and please stay safe and healthy!