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Electronic Dog Door | Pet Power Door

Updated on September 22, 2014

The Search for The Best Electronic Dog Door

Pet owners who live in a house with a yard can install a electronic dog door which lets the pet come and go as it likes, but is this a smart move?

How about security? Even a small dog door is big enough to also let a burglar in. Actually, the electronic doggie doors on review here are perfectly safe, and will only let your pet in.

Don't be upset though when your dog starts spending a lot of time outside rather than inside with you. Many dogs simply prefer to be outside where there is open air and lots of impressions (smell, sound, movement) to occupy them.

If you ever want to let the dog roam the yard while you are not home then security is a concern and you should install a powered pet door and not the simple type with flaps. Electronic pet doors only open at a signal from dedicated collar transmitters.

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High Tech electronic dog door
High Tech electronic dog door

PX-1 High Tech Electronic Power Pet Door

The PX-1 High tech electronic dog door is a best selling model that is designed for small to medium sized dogs. With a footprint of only 16 x 6 x 36 inches, this is a powered pet door that fits any household.

The Power Pet collar is the key that lets the dog in, or not, depending on your current settings. As with all automatic dog doors the motorized dog flag responds to the wireless code from the dog's collar and opens the door. Entrance control can be set to Only entrance, only exit or full access (in and out). The PX-1 can also be set to closed and locked.

PX2 Electric Big Dog Door
PX2 Electric Big Dog Door

Electronic Door for Large Dogs

The electronic dog door by Power Pet has a vertical sliding door which is activated by a ultrasonic collar as the dog gets close.

This is a automatic power pet entrance gate that is adequate for medium to large dogs of up to 100 pounds.

The exterior foot print of this dog door is not much bigger than the opening itself. Same type of activation through ultrasonic dog collar key. System includes automatic deadbolt offering a high level of security.

PX2 High Tech Powered Large Pet Door

When do you need a automatic pet door?

Dogs need to be active (physically and mentally) and get bored very easily. Many pet owners confuse this boredom with being lazy. Dogs that just lie in a corner all day are bored dogs and that is not beneficial to them, and neither to you. What is the point of having a pet that you can barely communicate with because of all the cobwebs?

Bored half asleep dogs
Bored half asleep dogs

Warning signs that your dog is bored:

  • You dog is lying down all the time but isn't really asleep.
  • Your dog keeps sighing (and farting) when "resting".
  • Sluggish response when lying down with just a wag or two of the tail.
  • Your "lazy" dog is getting fat.
  • The dog actually looks sad (posture, eyes, etc).

If you recognize the majority of the above points then your dog is bored to death. And, to be honest, that is probably the result of your neglect. If you have a yard where it can roam, getting a automatic dog door may be the start of a new life for your pet, something you will also benefit from in having a happier and more responsive companion.

Dog wanting to go outside
Dog wanting to go outside

Best Dog Training for Automatic Door Owners

Dogs are social animals, and so are we, which is why dogs and humans interact so well. Spending quality time with a dog is beneficial for the pet and for you, but what about the routine moments when it just needs to take a leak, or see who is coming?

This is where a electronic dog door makes a huge difference as a time saver. It also saves the social interaction with your pet to moments where you really activate each other.

Proper use of a electronic dog door requires special training. You do not want your dog running in and out with muddy feet all the time. Partly because it will make your housecleaning a nightmare, and partly because anarchy is never a good thing with pets.

The dog will learn how it works in a minute or so, but you as a pet owner will want to structure how it may be used. The pet training principle must always be: your home, your rules.

The best dog training you can apply when you have a dog door is to limit the area where a dog may move after entering the house again. No jumping onto the couch! Depending on how your home is configured you may allow it to go into the kitchen, or stay in the hallway.

Dog travel bed for car and home

K&H Pet Products Travel/SUV Pet Bed Large Gray 30" x 48"
K&H Pet Products Travel/SUV Pet Bed Large Gray 30" x 48"

This is a travel dog bed for suv's but it does the job just as well at home. The upside versus a version designed for permanent use is that this is a lightweight and washable dog bed. Buy one for the car and one for home.


Keep your home tidy with a dog bed near the door.

Once you install a electronic dog door and the dog is letting itself out and in you will gain a lot by training your pet to rest in a dedicated dog bed.

Letting it run about the house with dirty paws is not something you may want to experience on a daily basis.

Place a comfy dog bed where you want your pet to stay and you will have a easy time setting these rules.

Training a dog to seek out the dog bed after it has let itself in is easier than many dog owners think.

PetSafe is a leading brand of traditional pet doors as well as automatic pet doors and have many different models for sale, but are they good or bad?

While their traditional pet doors with flaps are popular, the PetSafe electronic dog door series is getting mixed reviews.

PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor, Automatic Dog and Cat Door, Large, Collar Activated with SmartKey
PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor, Automatic Dog and Cat Door, Large, Collar Activated with SmartKey

Mixed reviews but Petsafe were one of the first to market electronic door sentinel system for dogs and cats.


This may be due to somewhat aged models on the market but as with all online purchases, you should do your own due diligence and read up on specifications and buyer ratings on these dog entrances.

Automatic doggie doors are easy to install and pretty cheap. Many electronic dog entrance systems are highly popular, but then again, cutting a hole in a door or wall is not something everyone favors.

Personally, I think the benefits of having a pet that lets itself out is excellent.

What do you think of letting the dog come and go by itself?

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    • JimHofman profile image

      JimHofman 4 years ago

      Interesting information...I've never seen one of these. It would be perfect for my father's menagerie of dogs.

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      Yes if we had a gate I would love to have a doggie door! Our neighbor has one, but the automatic one seems like a good idea too.

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      SavvyVAGirl 5 years ago

      Good info, I didn't know they made electronic doors! I plan to get one but first need to fence in an area for once mine are outside. We have wide open spaces with a lot of wildlife.

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      rubyandmahoney 5 years ago

      The electronic doors are great, especially if you live in an area where small wildlife like raccoons try to come in your house. Sometimes the neighborhood cats will come in and sneak food, so I think it is important to use an electronic dog door all the time.

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      makemoneyonline5 5 years ago

      There really are lots of pet door options available now which is great. Terrific lens!

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      Aquamarine18 5 years ago

      Very complete information, interesting lens

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Excellent lens - very interesting!