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Tips for Finding the Right-Sized Dog Door for Your Furry Friend



As pet ownership continues to rise, many pet owners strive to provide their furry friends with the best possible care and convenience.

According to the 2023-2024 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, Americans are estimated to spend a whopping $143.6 billion on pets in 2023. A portion of this amount, $11.8 billion, is expected to be spent on other pet-related services such as grooming, pet sitting/walking, and all services outside of vet care. The figures indicate a growing willingness of pet parents to openly spend to care for their pets. 

Among these services, one that stands out is the installation of dog doors. A dog door can be a great addition to any home, allowing your furry friend to come and go as they please. However, finding the right-sized dog door can be difficult.

In this article, we’ll provide you with some tips to ensure you get the right dog door for your furry friend.                            

Importance of Choosing the Right Size

Choosing the right size dog door is crucial for ensuring your pet’s safety and comfort. A door that is too small can cause your furry friend to struggle when trying to pass through, leading to potential injuries. Similarly, a door that is too large can make your pet feel vulnerable and exposed, leading to fear and avoidance of using the door.

It’s essential to measure your pet accurately to determine the correct dog door size. Measure your pet’s shoulder height and chest width and ensure that the door is at least two inches wider and taller. 

Choosing the appropriate size of dog door can bring down your energy bills. A door that is too big can cause air leaks, leading to increased energy consumption and higher bills. Additionally, an improperly sized door can cause damage to the door and frame, leading to costly repairs or replacements.

When it comes to dog doors for small dogs, it’s crucial to choose a door that is appropriate for their size. Small dogs may struggle with larger doors, causing them to become stuck or injured. Fortunately, many dog doors are specifically designed for small dogs, providing a safe and comfortable option for your furry friend.

Hale Pet Door suggests that their “small-medium” size is suitable for most small dog breeds like Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Papillons, and Yorkshire Terriers, as well as slightly larger small dogs like Toy Fox Terrier and Miniature Pinschers. For breeds with longer legs such as Pekingese, Pug, and Miniature Poodle, the “tall small medium” size may be more appropriate. 

Depending on the width of your small dog, you may consider a medium-sized dog door to ensure a comfortable fit. The “small” size is not recommended for any dog breeds, except the smallest cats.

Measuring Your Furry Friend

To find a suitable dog door size, it’s essential to measure your pet accurately. Begin by measuring your furry friend’s shoulder height. Then, measure the chest width at its broadest point. It’s advisable to measure your pet in a standing position for greater accuracy.

Ensure that the dog door is at least two inches wider and taller than your pet’s shoulder height and chest width. This will provide enough space for your furry friend to pass through comfortably without getting stuck or injured. If your pet is still growing, you should consider and choose a slightly larger size to accommodate its future size.

If you have multiple pets of different sizes, it’s vital to choose a door that can accommodate your largest pet comfortably. This will prevent any potential injuries or frustration for your furry friends.

According to a recent survey conducted for the period 2023-2024, 66% of households in the United States own a pet, equating to approximately 86.9 million households. Out of those households, an estimated 65.1 million have at least one dog. With such a high number of dogs in households, ensuring that your furry friends can access the outdoors comfortably and safely through the right-sized dog door is essential.

Avoiding Common Mistakes

Avoiding common mistakes is key to finding the right-sized dog door for your furry friend. Firstly, don’t assume that a small dog door is suitable for all small dogs. Different breeds have different body types, and it’s essential to measure your dog accurately before purchasing a dog door. 

Another common mistake is overlooking the placement of the dog door. If you intend to install the dog door in an environment with harsh weather conditions, opt for a door that possesses insulating characteristics. This will prevent heat or cold from seeping into your home and keep your pet comfortable.

One mistake frequently made is overlooking the placement of the dog door. If you intend to install the dog door in an environment with harsh weather conditions, opt for a door that possesses insulating characteristics. 

Additionally, failing to choose a durable and secure dog door can lead to safety concerns. Make sure to choose a door made of sturdy materials that can withstand any attempts of break-ins or accidental collisions. Also, ensure that the door is securely locked when not in use to prevent any unauthorized access.

Lastly, failing to train your pet to use the dog door can result in them avoiding it altogether. With time and patience, your pet will become accustomed to using the dog door, making it easier for them to access the outdoors whenever they please.

Ensuring Comfort and Convenience

When finding the right-sized dog door, you should consider not only your dog’s size but also its comfort and convenience. If the door is too small, your furry friend may have difficulty getting through, causing discomfort and inconvenience. On the other hand, a door that is too large may allow unwanted animals or pests to enter your home.

One common mistake is assuming that a larger door is always better. While it may seem like a good idea to give your dog plenty of room to move in and out, an oversized door can be just as inconvenient as a too-small one. Additionally, larger doors may be more expensive and more difficult to install.

Take into account the door’s design and material while selecting a dog door. Some doors may be easier to open and close than others, and some materials may be more durable and weather-resistant. Take the time to research different options and choose a door that meets both your dog’s needs and your household’s needs.

According to a recent study by Future Market Insights, the global Dog Gates, Doors, & Pens Market was estimated to be worth $4.9 billion in 2021, with a projected growth rate of 6.6% between 2021 and 2031. As more and more pet owners prioritize their pets’ comfort and convenience, investing in a dog door that fits your furry friend perfectly is becoming increasingly important.

Finding the right-sized dog door for your furry friend requires careful consideration of your dog’s breed, size, and behavior. Taking accurate measurements and choosing a door with the appropriate size and features can provide your pet with comfortable and safe access to the outdoors while also ensuring your home’s security and energy efficiency.

By following these tips and consulting with professionals when needed, you can select the best dog door for your pet’s needs and enjoy the convenience and benefits it provides.


148th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Returns To The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center



Over 2,500 top-ranked dogs representing all 50 U.S. states will compete in the 148th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show presented by Purina Pro Plan on May 11, 13 & 14 in New York City. America’s most iconic dog show will return to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY for the second consecutive year. Highlights for this year’s show include one newly AKC-recognized breed, the Lancashire Heeler, and the 90th Anniversary of Junior Showmanship.

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will welcome spectators once again to see 200 of the 201 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds represented at this year’s show. The largest Westminster entries by breed are Chihuahuas (49), Labrador Retrievers (48), Golden Retrievers (47), Vizslas (38), Dachshunds (37), French Bulldogs (36), and Australian Shepherds and Rhodesian Ridgebacks (32 each). A surprising entry, the newly eligible breed, the Lancashire Heeler (1), will also be part of the 16.5 hours of FOX Sports television coverage culminating with Best in Show on Tuesday, May 14, on FS1.

In total, Westminster Week will feature over 3,000 top-ranked dogs in four different competitions. The week kicks off with Canine Celebration Day on Saturday, May 11, 2024. Saturday’s festivities include the 11th Annual Masters Agility Championship, the 9th Annual Masters Obedience Championship, and a Breed Showcase, all presented by Purina Pro Plan, as well as Dock Diving at Westminster presented by Cosequin and demonstrations of freestyle obedience, herding, and scent work, as well as a Dog Show 101 presentation.

The breed competitions and Junior Showmanship Preliminaries will occur during the daytime on Monday (Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding), and Tuesday (Sporting, Working, and Terrier), May 13 and 14. The Group Judging, Junior Showmanship Finals, and Best in Show will be held in the evenings. For the full schedule of events or to purchase tickets to the show, visit


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Moving with Pets: Expert Advice for a Stress-Free Transition for Your Furry Friends





Attention, pet parents! We understand the significance of your furry friends in your lives. They are not just pets; they are part of your family. That’s why it is crucial to plan and ensure a smooth transition for your pets’ well-being when it comes to moving.

Fortunately, Bethesda Movers have assisted numerous families in moving with their pets and have gathered expert advice to help guarantee a stress-free transition for your furry friend.

Begin with a Visit to the Vet

Before commencing any moving preparations, visit your vet for a checkup and obtain copies of your pets’ medical records, including vaccination records. This step is especially important if you are crossing state lines or international borders, as each country has different requirements for pet travel. Also, discuss potential health conditions that may complicate the move or require special considerations during transportation.

Familiarize Your Pet with Their Carrier/Crate

For most types of pet transportation, carriers must ensure their safety during the move. You can make the carrier more appealing by placing snacks or their favorite toy inside. Introduce the carrier gradually and positively, allowing your pet to spend time inside to become comfortable with its size limitations.

Research Pet-Friendly Accommodations and Surroundings in Your New Area

If you are moving nearby, contact friends who might have helpful information about specific areas surrounding your new location. Consider nearby dog parks or other destinations your pet is familiar with when exploring housing options.

Helping Your Pet Adjust to the New Home

Your pet needs something familiar in their new surroundings. Prepare a spot for them with their bed, bring their old blanket, or recreate a corner from their previous living space. Ensure they have access to familiar food and water, and provide an area for them to play and feel at ease in your new house.

Update Your Pet’s Personal Information

Ensure that your pet’s identification tags have current contact information. Microchipping is also a reliable option for permanent identification, especially if your pet becomes lost during the move.

Pack a Bag for Your Pet During the Move

Similar to packing for yourself, it is important to pack a bag for your pet with all the essentials for the journey. Include enough food, medication, portable dishes, toys, comfort blankets, and other necessary items like leashes. It’s better to have more than not enough!

Prioritize Safe Travel

When choosing the mode of travel, prioritize safety and comfort over convenience. Opt for air-conditioned cabins for flights or train rides, separate from luggage. If you prefer driving, make regular stops to provide rest and walk-around time for all passengers, including your furry companions.

Settling into the New Home

Once you arrive safely at your new home with your pets, give them time to adjust without constant supervision. Let them explore each room at their own pace. Offering familiar food during this period will help ease their adjustment process.

There you have it! These quick tips, based on the expertise of experienced movers, can assist you in relocating your furry family members. Remember, on a moving day, prioritize the well-being of your pets above all else.

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Broadway Barks Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary 



Bernadette shows her love for the stars of the day_

This beautiful blue eyed husky says it all_

New York may be in the midst of the dog days of summer, but on Saturday, the atmosphere in Times Square was hazy, hot and adorable, especially on Shubert Alley where Broadway Barks celebrated its 25th Anniversary. It was twenty five years ago when Bernadette Peters was starring in Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway that she and fellow animal lover Mary Tyler Moore decided to start an event to help animal adoption agencies. Over the years the event has flourished and raised money for over two dozen rescue houses and shelters.  

The event began at 3 pm when vans of dogs and cats arrived to be held, petted and loved in the hopes of finding a home. Ms Peters walked through Shubert Alley and down 46th Street, greeting the two legged volunteers and playing and petting their four legged friends. For the next two hours animal lovers from around the tri-state area enjoyed the company of these beautiful creatures  

Bebe Neuwirth represents the cats that need adopting

Beginning 5 o’clock and lasting until 7 the stage was filled with a steady stream of celebrities from film, TV and of course Broadway; but, the stars of the evening were the dogs that they introduced to the crowd. From a young tiny chihuahua to a grown Great Dane the crowds oohed and aahed as the presenters narrated the histories of these animals, speaking for those who could not.   

The hosts of the show Bernadette Peters and Randy Rainbow

The two hours flew by thanks to Ms Peters and her cohost, Randy Rainbow, the Emmy nominated singer who has created numerous musical parodies that became internet sensations, especially during the Covid years. In fact, Mr Rainbow wrote a parody especially for this event which was performed by Josh Groban and the cast of Sweeney Todd; Sweeney Dog, The Pooch of West 45th Street. 

Victoria Clark is this year’s Broadway golden girl for winning the Tony for Best Actress and she brought her own Golden Retriever to celebrate Broadway Barks

Recent Tony winners Alex Newell, Bonnie Milligan, Victoria Clark, and J Harrison Ghee were joined by their castmates to present some popular pooches. Emmy and Oscar nominees and winners such as Laurie Metcalf, Marsha Mason, Carol Kane, Eric McCormick and Jason Alexander all took second billing to their respective canine costars. 

The Two Neil Diamonds, Mark Jacoby and Will Swenson Think This Pooch Makes A Beautiful Noise

The entire event was a success as funds were raised to support the shelters in attendance and especially for a few of these special animals because I saw some new pet owners taking home their new best friends.  

Bernadette Reunites with Her Cast from Gypsy

The event was produced by Broadway Cares and the New York City area animal shelters and adoption agencies that were represented on July 8th were: 1 Love 4 Animals, Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniels Rescue, Adopt A Boxer Rescue, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Animal Care & Control (ACC), Anjellicle Cats Rescue, Best Friends Animal Society, Bide-a-wee, Bobbi and the Strays, City Critters, Francis’s Friends, Hearts and Bones Rescue, Husky House, Linda’s Cat Assistance,  Little Shelter, Long Island Bulldog Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, Muddy Paws Rescue, Pet ResQ Inc., SaveKitty Foundation, Second Chance Rescue, SPCA of Westchester, Urban Cat League, and Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue. 

The Cast of Some Like It Hot Really Love the Dogs

The Cast of Shucked Sho Love These Here Dogs

Bernadette Peters is joined by Jason Alexander, Bernadette Peters, Eric McCormick and Alex Moffat, the director and cast of The Cottage

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Georgina Bloomberg, Rita Cosby, Jeanine Pirro and Lara Trump For Rescue Dogs Rock NYC



Approximately 7.2 million cats and dogs enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Each year, approximately 2.6 dogs and cats are euthanized in U.S. shelters annually.

Jackie O’Sullivan Laura Trump and Stacey Silverstein

Rescue Dogs Rock NYC wants to make a difference and T2C attended their “Cocktails for Canines” this week. This not-for-profit  raised funds and awareness to help animals in need and was co-chaired by Georgina Bloomberg and Lara Trump.

The money raised is for a development of the center is a project which has been 3 years in the making. Rescue Dogs Rock NYC is excited to have come this far. Despite raising $150,000 at the Gala, the charity still anticipates requiring approximately $150,000 to get the rescue center ready, to open it and start taking in dogs.

Notable Attendees included:

Jackie O’Sullivan Laura Trump and Stacey Silverstein

Jackie O’Sullivan, Stacey Silverstein,

Georgina Bloomberg

Georgina Bloomberg,

Rita Crosby, Lara Trump

Lara Trump,

Jeanine Pirro

Jeanine Pirro,

Jackie O’Sullivan, Marin Gellar, Georgina Bloomberg, Stacey Silverstein and Lara Trump

Marin Gellar, Olga Ferrara, Tijana Ibrahimovic,

Jean Shafiroff

Jean Shafiroff,

Rita Cosby and her husband Tomaczek Bednarek

Rita Cosby,

Judy Gilbert

Judy Gilbert

Judy Gilbert,

Randi Schatz

Randi Schatz, S Jennifer Martucci, Nicole Tufano, Mrs. Moadelovddian, Mrs. Shanoz, Margaret Luce, Leesa Rowland, Cagri Kanver, Nadja Sayej, Marcy Warren, Brigitte Segura.

Jeanine Pirro, Laura Trump, Rita Crosby

Rita Crosby, Laura Trump

Giving out goodies and treats were:

Music at the Gala was donated by Allen Dalton Entertainment Group, and spinning was World Renowned DJ Superdave.

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How Soon Can I Start Training My Puppy?




Different training methods can be used to train puppies depending on their age. Most often, puppies can begin training at 8 weeks old.

How Soon Can I Start Training a Puppy?

 Becoming a new pet parent can be exciting. When you first bring your puppy home, you are likely eager to start training, so that you and your puppy can live a happier life together. Puppies can begin learning skills when they are very young. Many breeders or rescues will begin some training as soon as puppies start to eat solid food. By the time your puppy comes home, your puppy is old enough to start learning life skills and what to expect each day.

Begin Training at Home

Puppies usually have their first vaccinations around 8 weeks old then continue to receive vaccinations until around 16-18 weeks. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommends that puppies start group classes as soon as 7 days after their first set of vaccinations, provided only health puppies are coming to class and appropriate sanitation procedures are in place. Unfortunately this type of class is not available in all areas. In some places, there is a higher risk for infectious disease. For puppies who have not finished their vaccinated series, especially in some areas, it may be safer to begin training in your home rather than at a facility.  Virtual dog training programs provide a safe way for you to start training your puppy without bringing them to a facility around other dogs and puppies. These programs typically involve one-on-one training through live sessions with a trainer,  decreasing the risk of your puppy being exposed to disease.

Puppy Development Stages

Puppy training may need to be adjusted depending on how old your puppy is. Having one-on-one sessions with a trainer is the best way to ensure that you are tailoring the training to your pup’s specific behavior.

Here are some different categories for training your puppy:

  • Socialization: Puppy socialization typically occurs around 3 weeks old and can continue until around 12 weeks when puppies finish this developmental milestone. Specific behavioral markers indicate the start and end of this stage when positive exposure can have lifelong impacts for a puppy.
  • Leash Training: While we may not want to walk in your neighborhood or at parks until vaccinations are complete, your puppy can begin learning how to walk next to you and on a leash in your home or in your backyard. This can start when your puppy comes home.
  • Crate Training: Confinement can make pet parenting easier. It can be very helpful to give your puppy a safe space while you are away or occupied. Many breeders and rescues will begin crate training before puppies go home to make travel and the transition easier. Your puppy can start learning about this when he comes home.
  • House Training: This is another area where puppies can begin training before coming home. Many breeders and rescues raising litters of puppies will start the process when the puppies are only a few weeks old and are learning to stay clean. House training should start or continue when your puppy comes home, though it may take a few weeks or longer until he is reliable when not supervised.

The timeline of when training should happen can be adjusted depending on your puppy’s behavior.

When to Start House Training

As a new pet parent, you may be eager to start house training your puppy. When puppies are young, their bladder is much smaller, making them incapable of holding their bathroom breaks for long periods of time. As they grow, these bathroom breaks can be spread much farther apart.

Consistency and patience is key to successfully house training your puppy. Maintaining consistent training and a continuous bathroom schedule can help your dog learn what type of potty behavior is encouraged, and what isn’t.

Is It Always Best to Train a Puppy at Home?

Training a puppy from home comes with a multitude of benefits. For one, home is likely where you want your puppy to exhibit the most desired behavior. It is also likely where they will spend most of their time. When you train at a facility, you lose the benefit of encouraging your dog’s desired behavior in an area that they are familiar with. After continuous training, your dog may begin to associate your home with being a place in which certain desired behavior is most expected.

Another reason to train your dog at home is to eliminate the distractions that could come with group puppy training sessions. Not all dogs are ready to focus when surrounded by other furry friends. One-on-one training at home removes those distractions, allowing your puppy to focus on the goals at hand.

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