How do I install my pet door?

These are the general steps for installing your pet door in a standard exterior door. Please consult the manual and cutting template for your pet door for more specific instructions. Watch the installation video below.

Tools you might need

  • Hammer
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill & drill bits
  • Wire cutter
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape Measure
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Caulk

Basic door installation steps

  1. Trace the pet door outline using the cutting template
  2. Remove the door from its hinges
  3. Cut the hole in the door
  4. Install the pet door frame and flap

In-depth door installation steps

  1. Measure and mark your pet's shoulder height on the door. Draw a straight vertical line through the center of the line.
  2. Remove the door from its hinges and place it on a level surface.
  3. Cut out the correct template size. Match the shoulder and center lines you marked to the ones on the template. Tape the template to the door and trace the outline. Remove the template.
  4. Drill holes inside the corners. Use a jigsaw to cut out the hole, starting at one of the corners and following the lines.
  5. Check the fit by placing the frame with the flap inside the cutout. If it doesn't fit, trim the opening until it fits. Hold the interior and exterior frames together with the flap in the cutout hole. Put screws in the holes and tighten until frames come together, but do not overtighten.
  6. Hang the door back up and begin training your pet. Tape the flap open and coax your pet through the door until he becomes comfortable with using the pet door.

Watch sample installation video

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