Pet owner hack: Install a storm dog door for your pup
When my husband and I started house hunting in 2018, one of our top wish-list features was a yard that we could fence in.
Why it mattered: We had a very large and very active golden retriever. After five years of living in apartments in New York and Minneapolis' North Loop, we were ready for a break from early-morning and late-night potty walks, especially in Minnesota winters.
Yes, but: Once we moved in, we discovered a hiccup to this aspect of homeowner life: The dog wanted to go in said yard all the dang time.
What we did: Spent about $300 on a new storm door with a dog flap and installed it ourselves.
Reality check: It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. More access to the yard meant more trampling of grass, digging of flower beds, and, occasionally, more barking.
The bottom line: Kirby, now 11.5, uses his dog door every day and loves running around the fenced-in yard.
- To us, that's worth it — even if our toddler occasionally used it as an escape route of his own.
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