Spruce Up Your Hale Pet Door Before Fall

It’s hard to believe that summer is already slipping away.  While many of us are still dealing with record high temperatures and drought conditions, we are all seeing the days getting shorter and in many cases the kiddos are already heading back to school.  Fall and winter are right around the corner and will be here before we know it.  Every year we usually see an uptick in replacement flap sales when cold weather arrives.  Why not beat the rush and spruce up your Hale Pet Door to be ready before Old Man Winter starts blowing and snowing?!  Here are a few tips you can use to keep your pet door in tip-top condition.

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Clean the flaps regularly (and other parts too)

We all love cold, wet puppy and kitty noses giving us kisses but they can leave a residue on your pet door flaps that can make them virtually opaque over time.  Regular cleaning is the best way to prevent this buildup and extend the life of your flaps.  We recommend cleaning your flaps once every month or two to help keep them looking your best. 

We clean our flaps with Simple Green and paper towels.  If you don’t have Simple Green, you can use a mild detergent like dish soap and lukewarm water and any soft cloth.  You may have to use a little more elbow grease but never ever use an ammonia based cleaner (like Windex or most other glass cleaners) to clean the flaps as this will cause the vinyl to dry out and actually shorten the life of your flaps.

If desired you can also occasionally apply a vinyl protectant (such as Armor-all) or Turtle Wax to your flaps to help prolong their life.

Clean and Maintain All Parts of Your Pet Door No Matter What Model It Is

  • You can use this same method to wipe down the pet door frame and the security cover on any of our models to help keep them looking their best.
  • Check the magnets and weatherstripping around the edge of your pet door flaps.  Make sure the magnets are touching the strikes on the flaps and the flap is still sealing well.  Adjust or replace any as needed.
  • If you have a wall model pet door, vacuum the carpet in the tunnel using the hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner.  This helps prevent your fur baby from tracking in dirt or snow from outdoors.  If the carpet gets stained you can use any carpet spot cleaner to remove the stains.  If the carpet is coming loose from the sides or bottom of your pet door, you can reattach it using a cheap caulking found at any hardware store.  Do not use anything with silicone as the odor can get trapped between the flaps of the pet door.
  • If you have a screen model pet door, make sure the screen material around the pet door is still nice and taut and the spline is firmly in the spline frame channels on both the pet door and your people door.
  • If you have any of our window, panel, or storm window replacement models, in addition to caring for the pet door itself, take the time to clean the glass with any glass cleaner of your choice.  Make sure all weatherstripping around the unit itself or on your window or door is in good condition and replace if needed.
  • If you have one of our pet ramps, make sure to vacuum and spot clean the carpet regularly to keep it in the best possible condition.

Replace Your Flaps or Any Other Parts If Needed

As with all movable parts our flaps do eventually wear out and need replacing.  The time frame for this can vary greatly depending on the size of your pet door, the installation location, the number and size of pets using the doors, the weather in your area, and many other factors.  If cleaning and regular maintenance aren’t enough anymore and it is time to replace the flaps on your pet door here are some tips to make it easier.

  • Measure carefully for the correct size.  Flaps can shrink or expand over time.  The best way to measure your pet door is to measure the metal frame at the outside edges.  We call this the tip to tip measurement.  Measure across the top of the frame from corner to corner and down one side from corner to corner.  Use the chart on our website to find the size that corresponds to your tip to tip measurement.
  • Make sure whether you need an interior or exterior flap especially on our single flap models.  Although the flap sizes for both sides of the pet door are the same, the magnet and strikes locations are different depending on the side and the model of pet door.  Use our handy graphic to determine which pet flap you need to order.  Look under the “Additional Info” tab on any of our Replacement Flap Product Pages to determine which flap you need.  You can also click on “more info” under the “Which Side” question when placing an order to see a chart listing which pet door flap is used for each model.
  • We offer replacements for virtually all parts of your pet door: flaps, carpet, flashing, magnets, raincaps, stabilizer bars, covers, tunnels, and more.  If you need to replace a part of your pet door, visit our website and see what parts work best for you.  Please feel free to give us a call at 800-646-4773 or email us at info@halepetdoor.com if you need assistance in purchasing the correct parts.

Following these simple steps will help keep your Hale Pet Door looking its best and ensure its reliability for years to come.

Standard Security Barrier Hiatus

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 info@halepetdoor.com and we will try to assist you with your unique situation.

Tips to Keep Your Cat Healthy and Happy Throughout Their Lifetime

Keeping your cat healthy and happy can be easy and painless if you follow a few simple guidelines. Consistent daily habits are a great start to your felines best life.

First things first, find a veterinarian that’s a good fit for your kitty and your family.

It’s generally recommended to have a vet that’s close by in case of emergency, and willing to receive phone calls for advice when needed. It’s so important to have a great vet that is happy to receive a call when you’re not sure if something is serious or even when it comes to thoughts on food choices and grooming. Be sure to get all recommended vaccinations and please spay or neuter your kitty. This is important for their health and wellbeing as well as helping by not adding kittens to a world that already has more cats than homes.

Pay attention to the food you chose for your kitty. Cats, unlike dogs, cannot be vegetarians, even for short periods of time. They have adapted to rely on meat as the foundation of their diets. Too much dry food gives your cat too many carbs and can cause your cat to become obese and even develop type two diabetes. It is recommended to feed your cat at least one meal of meat per day and keep dry food to a minimum. Check labels and be sure that the food you choose is high in protein and low in carbs. A can of tuna or other canned meat can also be a great dietary choice in combination with small amounts of high quality dry food.

Pay attention to your cat’s hydration. Cats don’t have the same thirst drive as most other mammals as they have evolved from desert dwelling ancestors. They are most comfortable getting most of their hydration from foods, wet food generally contains 70% or more water while dry food is generally 5% to 10% water. Even though you may not see much water being consumed, it’s so important to keep a clean full bowl of water available for your feline all of the time. Pay attention to signs of dehydration such as sunken eyes, panting or lethargy. This is especially important in nursing kittens and elderly cats. As always, if something seems wrong call your vet immediately.

Be sure you give your kitty enough litter boxes. The rule of thumb is one per cat, plus one extra. So one cat needs two but five cats should have six. Many cats feel vulnerable when using the litter box, so if you notice that your kitty is having trouble using the litter box, try putting it in a place where he has a view of all that’s around him. In the wild they developed the strategy of being in the open where they could watch for predators around them when they were in this compromised state. For the same reason, a litter box with a top may be difficult for some cats. If having the kitty box out in the open is not good for you then you can move it a little each day until it is where you want to keep it. If you are having trouble with your cat peeing outside of the box, even when doing the right thing with placement, it could potentially be a medical issue like a urinary tract infection or other illnesses, so check with your vet.

Do yourself a favor and train your cat to use the scratching post. Start with it in the middle of the room and sprinkle with catnip to make it extra appealing. As your cat gets used to using the post you can skip the catnip and slowly move it to a more out of the way place. If you notice scratching on the furniture in the future repeat the steps over again to remind your kitty of the correct place to scratch.

As gross as it seems, it’s really important for cats to be able to adorn their loved ones with gifts. So if you are presented with a dead lizard or some other gruesome gift, try to be thankful and give your kitty positive attention. This is her way of showing love and feeling autonomy. You may be surprised by her reaction as you will get lots of snuggles and purrs. You can discard the “gift” after she has received her desired attention.

Cats love the outdoors, but having free reign outdoors can be quite dangerous. Cats do especially well with a Hale Pet Door exiting into an enclosed outdoor area such as a catio or cat run. These outdoor areas can be quite inexpensive and give your cat the happiness and freedom of the outdoors without the dangers of being an outdoor cat.

Bathing isn’t generally necessary for cats, but daily brushing goes a long way towards a healthy kitty. This keeps his coat clean and removes dead hairs before your cat ingests them while self cleaning. Removing the dead hairs through daily brushing will cut down on furballs as well as keep that coat soft and shiny. It’s a great way for your cat to get used to daily handling and feel love. It’s also a good habit to be in because you will notice lumps, bumps or irregularities right away.

As always, Hale Pet Door wants you and your family to have a rich and wonderful life with your furbabies. Please log onto www.halepetdoor.com for the highest quality pet doors, pet ramps and security barriers as well as info about our Rescue Rewards Program and tips on how to help your pet live its best life.

The Important Benefits of Having a Pet Door

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.

Decrease Boredom

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.

Why a Hale Pet Door is Perfect for this Winter

Our pet doors are energy efficient

It’s energy efficient. One of the most common concerns we hear from our customers is whether our pet doors let in the cold during the chilly winter months. We’re always pleased to respond with a resounding “No”! One of the best features of our Hale brand pet door is just how energy efficient they are. When we designed our pet doors, we used high quality materials to ensure that our pet doors are not drafty or letting out your heat. We’ve manufactured the doors with frames made out of heavy extruded aluminum, the high-density polyethylene security cover made to withstand any weather conditions, plus strong PVC vinyl flaps, and multiple layers of weather-stripping – All these features make our pet doors incredibly energy efficient and perfect for the cold months.

Sometimes it’s just too cold

A walk is always a healthy and fun activity for you and your pup, but sometimes the weather just isn’t cooperating. Although it’s true that some breeds love going for walks when it’s chilly and snowy out, some are simply not a fan! And depending on the weather conditions out, sometimes it’s just not safe to take a stroll around the neighborhood. Thankfully, having an energy efficient Hale pet door installed inside your home is perfect because it gives your pooch the freedom to explore the outside in the safety of your yard at his leisure.

Makes working from home easier.

More and more people are working from home these days and so many of us can relate to how much of a struggle it is to juggle work life with home life. Conference and video calls are pretty much a major part of our work days. Why not take letting the dog in and out of the house off your to-do list, creating less interruptions during your meetings and phone calls? Imagine how much your dog would appreciate having the freedom to let himself in and out instead of having to wait for you to finish your call to do so?

Manufacturing Reopening

Due to COVID-19, our factory operations were temporarily interrupted. The Governor of Colorado has issued a new Safer at Home Order so Hale Pet Door’s manufacturing facility is reopening 4/27/2020 with extended hours and producing all orders from oldest to newest. We are implementing new on-site guidelines to conform with social distancing and other safety and best practices to keep both our employees and customers safe and healthy.  Some of our staff will still be working from home responding to customers and supporting our team.  Your order will be processed as quickly as possible in the order it is received. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to manufacture and ship out the backlog of orders.

Take care and stay healthy,

Hale Pet Door

Temporary Factory Closure for COVID-19 Safety

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ALERT – In the interest of public health and pursuant to the Executive Order #D2020017 by the Governor of Colorado for a statewide Stay At Home Order, Hale Pet Door’s manufacturing plant is closed until April 27, 2020.

shutterstock_1118254217Our customer service staff is working from home and answering emails as quickly as possible. We do have some limited ability to answer phone calls but if you cannot get through right away, please be patient. For the best way to contact us, please email info@halepetdoor.com and we will respond to you as promptly as possible

If you are placing an order, the office will process it promptly and fulfill them in the order we received them when the factory returns to work.

Stay safe & healthy,
Hale Pet Door

How to Train Your Dog to Use a Pet Door

The purchase of your brand new pet door is an exciting time for both you and your pooch. You’ll both get a new sense of freedom as he gains access to the outdoors anytime he needs it – without having to beg at the door for you to let him out! No longer having to cross his legs as he waits for you to return home so that he can relieve himself! For many people, getting a pet door is quite simply a game-changer. But the question that most have when they first have their new pet door installed is: how do you teach your dog to use it?

Teaching your pup to use his new pet door is easier than you think! Just like any other training you do with your dog, pet door training just takes a little bit of patience and encouragement. Depending on how timid your dog is, some can take a bit longer to be trained. We’ve outlined a few simple steps to help you through the process.

Don’t force him

Allow Fido to grow accustomed to it. Depending on your dog’s personality, just having a new object in the house could put him off. Let him smell it, investigate, and get used to it. If he’s particularly hesitant, sit on the floor beside the pet door and let him come to you. Touch the pet door, move the flaps, slide the security cover up and down a few times. Let him get used to the sounds and appearance. Show him there’s nothing to be afraid of.

Get the treats ready

This is usually easier if you have two people. Have one person standing on the inside of the pet door, and another person standing outside. Have some treats ready! Hold the flaps up on the pet door so that your dog can walk freely through without having to push or touch the flaps. Start calling for your dog to come through the pet door. Clap and whistle and encourage him to go through. Once on the other side, praise him and give him a treat. Do this over and over until he looks very comfortable going through the pet door without any hesitation.

Let the flaps down

After your pooch is comfortable with going through the pet door while you hold up the flaps, slowly begin to lower them down onto his back as he goes through. Do this little by little, allowing your dog to bear more and more of the weight of the flaps until you are no longer holding any of it. Once he gets used to feeling the flaps on his back, pushing them open won’t take as much effort.

Final step

Now that your pup has mastered going through the pet door with you laying the flaps on his back as he goes through, it’s time to let him learn to push the flaps open on his own. Stand on the opposite side of the pet door that your dog is on, and begin calling him. Don’t forget to have those treats handy! Encourage him and praise him as he gets the courage to try something new and push the flaps open all by himself.

Trust us, as soon as he gets the hang of it, there will be no stopping him!

For more training information and step by step pictures, visit Hale Pet Door.

The Benefits of Owning a Pet Door

A lot of pet owners consider getting a pet door for their home but are unsure about whether or not it would be a good investment for their family. We at Hale Pet Door have spent the last 33 years manufacturing the best pet door on the market and we’re proud to say that they make an outstanding addition to your home. Here are just a few of the reasons why owning a pet door might be one of the most beneficial home improvements you’ll ever make!

Safety – Having a pet door in your home allows your pet access to both inside and outside. This cannot be any more important than if there was an emergency at home and you were not there to help your pet(s) escape. And of course, we all know how very dangerous it could be to leave a pet outside to deal with the elements. Giving them the ability to come inside anytime they need to is important.

Health – Ask any veterinarian and they will tell you that making your dog hold its bladder and not be able to use the bathroom for extended periods of time is very unhealthy. Not only is it quite uncomfortable for your pooch, but it can cause urinary tract problems, including but not limited to infections and urinary stones. Could you imagine having to hold your bladder for 8+ hours every day? Of course not – and your pet shouldn’t have to, either! Not to mention giving your dog the ability to run and play every day will help keep their weight in check and their cardiovascular system strong and healthy. Having a sedentary lifestyle isn’t good for any of us.

Helps with Boredom – Being home all day alone waiting for you to come home, pets often get bored or antsy which can lead to behavioral problems such as destruction or anxiety. Allowing your pet the freedom to go outside at their leisure to explore and play breaks up the monotony of the day and maintains activity and mental stimulation.

Greatly Reduces Accidents – Even the most well-behaved dogs are bound to have an accident inside every once in a while. While many dogs do their best to hold it until you get home, sometimes they just can’t wait that long. Having the freedom to go outside gives them the ability to relieve themselves anytime needed without risking an accident inside your home.

Pet Doors Aren’t Just for Dogs – Did you know that cats love pet doors, too? These days, catios (outdoor enclosures for cats) are gaining popularity. Imagine if you could give your cat the independence of going outside as often as they would like to watch the birds and bugs without fearing for their safety or security. Just like dog runs, catios come in all shapes and sizes and can be completely customizable to your home. Trust us, your cat will love it!

And Let’s Not Forget What Might Be The Most Important Reason – Not having to let your dog in and out of the house 100x a day! I think we all can agree that is definitely one of the best benefits to owning a pet door!

For more information about pet doors in general or to see our line of high-quality pet doors and related products like ramps and security barriers, visit our website at www.halepetdoor.com.

 

 

Hale Pet Door Thanks our Customers with a Holiday Gift

shutterstock_508210291We know this is a hectic time of year and everyone is also looking for good deals.  We want to help our customers breathe a little easier this holiday season with the gift of FREE SHIPPING.

Normally, shipping our pet doors can be quite expensive due to their large size and we are happy to help out our customers with their purchases this December.  This offer is valid on GROUND shipping to the 48 contiguous states but is not valid on ramps or barriers.  However, it is valid on our panel and window models which can cost almost $100 to ship normally so now is a great time to take advantage and buy one for yourself, as a gift for a friend or family member, or just as a gift for your four-legged friends.  You’ll love the convenience and security of a Hale Pet Door and your furry family members will appreciate the freedom to come and go as they please especially if you are busy with gift wrapping, cookie baking, holiday parties, decorating, and more this holiday season.

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Also, while we don’t usually allow our discounts to be combined, we are making an exception this month and you can combine shipping with any of our other discounts so if you are a prior customer who needs replacement flaps, a military family who needs the convenience of a pet door, someone who has just adopted a pet and wants to use our pet rescue discount, or if you purchase multiple pet doors, you can still get our other discounts in addition to free shipping.  To see our line of pet door products and replacement parts visit our website at https://www.halepetdoor.com/products.

It’s just our way of saying “thank you” and giving back a little extra this holiday season.

Best Wishes to you and yours from Hale Pet Door.