Electromagnetic Dog Door Enhances Pet’s Freedom

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The principle of the electromagnetic dog door is that a small transmitter device, which is worn on the pet’s collar, unlocks the door to allow passage. Without the transmitter, the door remains unresponsive. This type of door is especially useful for households that have experienced trouble with neighbor’s pets or wildlife coming into the house. It can also be used when one pet must remain confined to the house while another is allowed to come and go, or for added security in homes with a small child.

The door is wind-proof, so it won’t blow open. It won’t allow cold air to leak into the home as conventional flap doors can do. For those concerned that a burglar might try to enter the house through the dog door, an electromagnetic door protects against that risk.

The electromagnetic dog door is more expensive than the conventional manual flap, but it has many benefits. In addition to those already mentioned, this type of door is easier for disabled pets to use. In contrast to an electrically operated automatic pet door, the magnetic type will work even when the power goes out, which may be a consideration for some.

When the pet approaches the door, the magnet on the collar causes a magnet in the door to release the locking mechanism, so the pet can pass through. After a preset amount of time, the locking mechanism falls back into place. There is no unusual sound or movement to disturb pets.

The collar key for most brands of electromagnetic door is a small unit that dangles from the collar like a tag. At least one manufacturer has a key that slides onto the collar to allow for more precise positioning. The keys are sized for cats, small dogs, and large dogs. The door typically comes with two keys, and additional keys can be purchased separately. It is a good idea to keep spare keys on hand in case the pet loses one.

There is a learning curve for the pet who must position himself in the right position for the transmitter to signal the door to unlock. Most customers reported that their dogs figured it out quickly. The positioning of the transmitter on the collar presented a problem for some types of dogs, like dachshunds, for whom the combination of long nose and short legs blocked the magnet from the door.

Many of the doors have a four way lock that can be customized to allow either full in and out freedom, one-way freedom (either in only or out only), or completely locked. The setting can be changed as needed. For example, a dog can be prevented from letting itself out, but allowed to come back in on its own.

An electromagnetic dog door is a good choice for those who desire more security for the home while still allowing a pet to come and go as it pleases. They can accommodate multiple pets. They cost more than conventional flap doors, but it is worth while for homes that need the extra functionality, such as when wildlife or neighboring animals need to be kept out.

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This article was published on 2011/11/29