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Has anyone found a sliding glass dog door that works for a basset hound? Anabelle is less than 1" off the floor and needs a very low door (ours is 2" off the ground right now). Harley is too tall for anything smaller than a large door though. He would need at least 17" from floor to top of door.

Most standard sliding glass dog doors for Harley's size are 4" or even 9" off the ground. I'm not sure Anabelle could even jump that high.

This is the only one I've found that would work for our situation, has anyone used it before?
Sliding Glass Pet Door, Quick Panel III, Patio Pet Door
 

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We have a door similar to the one you listed. I think that our door has been discontinued, but it is a similar design. We have been very happy with it, and we have had it several years. We have the medium size which has a 9x15 opening and we have it on the lowest rise which is 2 1/2 inches off the ground. We have two bassets. One of my dogs is 55 pounds and the other is 65.

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I have found the sliding glass door inserts a poor choice because the move where the door clooses and it loose some of the weather tightness of the door. There are risks to any electronic device. But if the sliding door was the only access point I would more likely use an electronic door opening device that is triggered by the dogs proximity.

PATIO DOOR OPERATING SYSTEM
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I have one that looks just like that, however it's still too high for Bowser. I made a set of steps on either side for him. I'm going to change it to ramps, when i figure out how *lol*
 

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I'm not too concerned with security since I intend to put locks on the gates and it's a pretty low crime area. The fence is 8 feet tall so it'd be hard to climb. The sliding door is the only access point at this house we're looking at. The thing Mikey linked is pretty cool; I have never seen that before. I have to wonder what would end up costing more both in initial cost and in upkeep (weather tightness vs power used etc)
 

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Also Anabelle doesn't wear a collar around the house because it bugs her. We would have to change that, or maybe fasten some sort of anklet or something like that.
 

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We just installed one this weekend. I was worried about Randolph not being able to get through it since he is so close to the ground. Mortimer has pretty long legs which shouldnt be a problem.

Turns out Mortimer is scared to death of it, but little fat Randolph just dives right through it no problem. Going to have to spend some time with Morty this weekend to get him used to it.

I think the bottom of our door is about 4". Got it at Petco.
 

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It took a while for Anabelle to like the door we have now too. We got pieces of hot dog and went outside and shut the (human) door so she had no choice but to go through it. Repeating that a few times solved the problem.
 

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I have to wonder what would end up costing more both in initial cost and in upkeep (weather tightness vs power used etc)
In general I prefer mechancal flaps verse power anything because powered devices will fail on occassion and the dog will either end up locked out on one side of the door,

Keep in mind dog doors do not have to go into a door. They can go in walls as well if you have wall space next to the sliding door this is more likely the best bet. You can get a large door and mount it low. and avoid the problem with slider inserts as well.
 
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