Some pet owners may recognize the convenience of installing a doggy door but find themselves asking, is it worth the risk? While owners who are very busy or away from the house for long hours appreciate the access the small doors give their pets to backyard bathrooms, others may be concerned that an especially small or cunning burglar can get past the rubber flap that defends the house from intruders.
However, new technology has ensured the safety of any household that installs the Plexidor Pet Door, by recognizing and allowing entry to only those animals that the homeowner desires, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The new product works by responding to an RFID chip that his embedded in the dog’s collar; the doggy door only opens when it detects the compatible chip, which the company says is waterproof and shockproof.
According to Plexidor, "It is like having a personalized garage door and electronic opener specifically for your dogs."
The chips use the same technology as tracking devices at toll booths and airline baggage claim services.
"It allows the pets to go outside when they have to, not when you’re able to let them out," said Plexidor President Joe Ambrose.
The product is currently being sold for $129 to $800, depending on the size and model.