Letter of reference from the Red Barn Kennel
The Red Barn Kennel has been in operation for 21 years, and was built, designed, and owner operated by myself and my wife Dale. Our kennel has 52 runs and is an indoor - outdoor type kennel. The indoor area is heated or air conditioned, and the outdoor area is covered like a porch. All of the doggie doors were originally fitted with clear vinyl flap doors. Needless to say, these were immediately used as chew spots in an otherwise indestructible kennel.
During the last 20 years I have designed, built, installed, and tested at least a dozen different doggie flap doors. Some of these were as follows:
1. 1/4" thick rubber
2. Flexible vinyl upper, bonded to rigid vinyl lower half.
3. Flexible vinyl upper fastened with screws to a phenolic based lower half.
4. Flexible vinyl upper fastnened with screws to ABS plastic lover half. (Same with polypropylene, and several other rigid lower halves.)
5. Then there were aluminum doors, 0.092" thick with a 3" flexible clear vinyl hinge area at the top. This sounds chew proof, but the vinyl section at the top was destroyed, and the aluminum edges were crinkled with teeth prints.
There were doors that lasted only one weekend, and many hours were spent repairing or designing a new doggy door.
Sometime in the fall of 2009 we contacted Pet Doors USA and expressed an interest in a chew proof doggie door. By this time I was skeptical that there was such a thing as a chew proof door! After looking at the BiteGuard KennelPlex door and discussing our need to be able to wash runs and flush water from the inside to the outside, Pet Doors USA came up with the waste flap for the bottom of the door.
After looking at a sample door, we purchased and installed several test doors and tested them for weeks before we decided to obtain doors for the entire kennel. Before Easter 2010 we finished installing BiteGuard doors in all 52 runs, and for the last entire year we have not had to repair any doors.
Our customers naturally have a variety of different breeds of dogs, from yorkies to labs to dobes to all mixes in between, and most are capable of going in and out of these bi-fold doors with no difficulty. We do occasionally have dogs that refuse to try. Pet Doors USA has means to prop open a door for those stubborn dogs. If there are kennels that need a pet door that is truly chew proof, without any doubt I can recommend Pet Doors USA as a company and the BiteGuard Kennel doors.
May 15, 2011