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    Question Dog door positioning

    I am building indoor/outdoor dog runs. The problem I have is that the concrete pad outside is 2 1/2 - 3 inches lower than the indoor floor. I have a dog that is 25 inches tall at the shoulders and another dog that is only 6 inches off the ground at her chest. If I put the top of the door at 26 inches from the inside floor, the bottom is 9 inches above the outside concrete pad. and about 6 inches off the inside floor. There is a 10 inche wide concrete wall to cross between the inside and outside. It is about 3 inches off the inside floor and 5 - 6 inches off the outside pad. I need suggestions on where to position the dog door.
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    Figure out a way to have a "pseudo" step on the outside surface.

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    Figure out a way to have a "pseudo" step on the outside surface.

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    Yes, maybe a small platform that's only a couple inches tall.
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    Thanks,
    A friend also suggested using cinder blocks or something like that to provide a step if necessary.
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    I had the same problem. I went to Lowes and bought a 16" X 16" paver type stepping stone. It is 2 3/4 inches high. It works perfect.
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    I built the same thing for my dogs. The inside was about 6 inches lower outside then the elevation inside my shop. The dogs have a 6x6 foot kennel inside that they sleep in. I just built the floor up and insulated it, sheeted it, and installed a wood floor. Works perfect! You could also poor a concrete ramp to the dog door. The concrete blocks would probablly work just as well. Just depends how fancy you want to get.

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    My dog door was installed when I had a 26", 140# Dogue de Bordeaux. He has since passed on and now the same door is currently being used by a 12", 15# Cairn Terrier. Mixed in at various times were three German Wirehairs, a Toller and through it all a tiny little 6# cat. Everybody uses (used) the same door. I really wouldn't be too concerned about finding the perfect door height.

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