How to Install a Pet Door in a Brick Wall


Pet doors can be installed in all different kinds of walls, allowing your pet the freedom to come and go as they please. Installing a pet door in a brick wall requires a bit of handiwork and will generally require professional help.

If you are comfortable with your skills, check out this DIY guide on installing a pet door in a brick wall.

dog using in wall pet door

Here are the tools you will need to install a pet door in a brick wall:

  • Hammer drill
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Cloth 1/2"
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Diamond saw blade
  • Pencil
  • Wrecking Bar
  • Face Mask
  • Safety Glasses
  • Measuring Tape

How to Install a Dog Door in a Brick Wall

Step 1: Check the interior of the wall for electrical, studs, and plumbing pipes. Use a cloth to clean the internal surface of the brick wall, take the measurements of the pet door, and mark the outline over the brick surface.

Step 2: Ensure that the drill is positioned such that its outer edge comes just over the line that defines the intended pet door opening.

Step 3: Drill through the brick and repeat the same process on every corner.

Step 4: At the upper left-hand corner of the outline, insert a tip of the reciprocating saw blade (in the hole) and place it in a way that it easily snips down the line on the left-hand side of the new opening.

Step 5: Now you can leverage a demo saw to rip down the line on the right-hand side followed by the top and bottom.

Step 6: Take a wrecking bar and slide its flat end over the top edge of the opening and pull it outwards to extract the cut brick. Repeat the above steps until you remove the complete brick.

Step 7: Now that you have the hole cut through the brick, proceed with the installation process for the Dragon Wall Pet Door as detailed under the installation guide tab.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can the Dragon Pet Door for Walls be installed in a brick wall?

Yes, the Dragon wall mount can be installed in a brick wall following the steps above. Before cutting a brick wall, always check the electrical and water lines that are installed between the interior and exterior surfaces of the wall.

Other ideal pet doors for installing into a brick wall include the Endura Flap Pet Door for Thick Walls.

How far up does the pet door need to be installed?

This depends on a couple of things. First, make sure you measure your pet for the right size pet door before purchasing. You’ll want the top of the flap to be at least 1” above your pet’s shoulders. This will factor into the height off the ground where you install the door, depending on how high up you want the pet door to be.

Make sure to check the wall for any obstructions so that you aren’t cutting through pipes or wires while making the rough cut. In general, a few inches off the ground is a good place to start the cut.

Can you install a pet door in any kind of wall?

Wall mount pet doors can be installed in many different wall materials so long as the interior of the wall is checked for studs, pipes, and wires. Check out our wall mount pet door installation guide for more details. The Dragon wall mount is a great, affordable pet door for a wall installation or any other location in your home.

Where else can I install a pet door?

If the brick wall doesn’t end up being the optimal place for your pet door, Dragon carries many different options from windows and sliders to doors and standard walls. Shop all Dragon Pet Doors for more options and check out some unique places to install a pet door for more ideas.

Does installing a pet door in a wall require a professional?

In general, yes. Installing a pet door through a wall is not as easy as through or a door. Cutting through the wall requires professional masonry tools and a certain level of skill to make sure you don’t cut through wires or pipes inside the wall. A contractor is recommended if you do not feel confident in your installation skills.

Once you have your brand new door installed, check out this fun obstacle course for your pets!

Leave a Comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published