If you are a dog owner, there is a good chance that you want to make sure that your dog can easily relieve him or herself while you are at work, especially if you have a fenced in yard. You might think that a doggy door is the best solution because it will allow your dog to enter and exit the house at will. However, you might worry about the doggy door undermining the security of your home. Here are some door and lock tips for dog owners.
1. Get a Steel Door Cover
One option is to have a locksmith install a steel door cover over your dog's doggy door. This will at least firm up the amount of security that your home has despite having a doggy door at night when you don't want your dog in the yard. These can be purchased in varying colors and will allow you to maintain the structural integrity of your door. These doors are usually opened by using a combination lock that you set yourself so that it is easy for you to remember. If you are considering this option, make sure that you use a doggy door that has a way for this locking mechanism to be added.
2. Get a Screen Door Cover
Another option is to get a screen door cover for your doggy door. This is helpful because you can set it so that your dog can only come through going out of the house. It is made out of very strong, webbed steel so that it would be difficult for intruders to get in this way. Some screen door covers can be remotely unlocked by you via your phone so that you can monitor when your dog goes out of the door and allow him or her to enter only for a brief period of time. Your locksmith will be able to help you set up this locking mechanism and recommend a camera installation setup if you are particularly worried about someone entering your home while you are away. This door can also be locked at night. The benefit of this door is that it offers some protection during the day. The drawback is that it is not as strong as the steel door when it is closed at night.
For more information, talk to your locksmith about the best type of doggy door locking mechanism for your particular situation. Click here for more information on choosing a locksmith service near you!