The safety of a Pug Dog Door depends greatly on the type of dog door, the surrounding area and the actions of the pug owner. Traditionally, most people think of Pug Dog Doors as being nothing more than a small opening in the door with a plastic or canvas curtain that the pug pushes out of its way to go in or out. There are a couple of problems with that style of dog door.
One problem is that it is not just a dog door. It’s accessible to everything in the neighborhood. If your family has a large dog door and small children then the children could go out the dog door. Not only that, but there are reported cases of all sorts of wildlife, such as raccoons, coming in this type of dog door. A similar issue is that wildlife or other neighborhood animals may not be the same size as the door, so they could get stuck trying to come in.
Another problem is that that type of dog door is not usually energy efficient. Since it’s nothing more than a curtain over a hole in the door, it tends to let air in. This can create temperature issues and increased heating or cooling bills.
The newer style of dog door is electronic. It is activated by a signal from your pug’s collar. This lowers the risk of children or other animals using your dog door. It is also usually much more energy efficient, but it isn’t without its own problems.
Since it is controlled by an electrical impulse from your pug’s collar, if the collar falls off or the batteries run out, your pug could get locked out of your house. Therefore, it’s important to change the batteries often and be sure the collar fits on your pug properly.
In general, electronic dog doors are fairly safe, as long as you have a door installed that is the appropriate size for your pug, keep the collar on the pug and change the batteries often. However, there’s no real substitute for human supervision.