please make sure no other dogs or animals can get in your yard while Baxter is out there. Or, that no human types can come and take him.
I do not mean to be a downer, I am just always concerned about the safety of these little hav's.
I should have explained that we only use it when we are home. Baxter still stays in the laundry room (with a pee pad if he needs it) when we are out. When we're home, because the kids are always in and out, and he wants to be outside so much we have resorted to just leaving the french door open a bit during the day. So he is supervised while he's in the back yard. Having the doggie door though has allowed me to close my door for once!
Rory, I know what you mean about bringing in sticks etc. The novelty of that has started to wear off a bit, but last month I felt like that was all I was doing was picking up stray pieces of mulch off my carpet. I really do hope he catches onto the flap (good idea about removing the magnets---I will try that!) because dh will never let me hear the end of it if it is a wasted $200!
I don't think I will ever use it during the day when we are away, but I would love if Baxter would use it in the morning when he has to go out. He sleeps in our room in a dog bed, and one night, we didn't have the door closed all the way. He slept extra late that morning (8:00!) and I couldn't believe that he had held it that long. So I go downstairs with him, and there by the door is a puddle of pee. In the laundry room he had pooped on the floor, and then also on his pee-pad. You could just see the thought process..... He went downstairs, probably rang that bell over and over and when we didn't hear him went potty on the floor. Then probably panicked (Uh, oh, mom will be mad!) and went to find the 'right' place to go inside.... and went to find his pee pad (which he only uses once in a blue moon during the day when we are out---so quite honestly I'm surprised he even thought to go there!)
I will post pictures tonight! Dh is still looking for a pretty neutral carpet for the ramp on the inside (by our kitchen), so we just covered it with a towel for now.