Just a quick update about the drill bits in our packets for our pet door installations. We have learned that most of our dealers and many of our customers were not using the drill bits and were throwing them away. Most of the dealers have their own tools they like to use and the customers who were doing their own dog door installations also had their own tools including drill bits sets. Therefore, to conserve resources and prevent unnecessary waste, we have decided to discontinue including drill bits in our installation packets. You may still see installation instructions that say it is included until we use up our supply of installation booklets but we will be updating our instructions soon. If you would like some drill bits to have on hand, please send us an email at email@example.com or give us a call at 719-269-7400 and we will be happy to send you a supply to have on hand for your customers or installers.
Getting Custom Size Pricing Quotes For Your Customers
Hale Pet Door prides itself on having 12 standard sizes that work for the majority of installations and pets but, we also realize that there are many situations where a custom size pet door is an absolute necessity. Therefore, we are always happy to provide you with custom sizing of pet doors as required for your jobs. We also realize that custom size orders take a bit more effort so we have tried to streamline the process as much as possible for our dealers. We provide tools for you to be able to get quotes quickly and easily for your customers even if you are on the job site doing a custom measurement visit.
We have created a PDF file that can be easily accessed either through the dealer dashboard info tab or directly from the public custom size pet door page in our products section.
This PDF contains information about when you might need to consider a custom size pet door, how to measure for a custom size depending on if you are dealing with a rough opening, a tip to tip measurement, and whether you are measuring for a new pet door or an existing opening. It also contains two price charts for custom sizes based on the number of square inches either for the rough opening or the tip-to-tip.
While the price charts only list the prices for door and wall models in the PDF itself, the first column lists the size equivalent which you can use to look up pricing on our website for any model we offer. The only exception to this would be for oversize giant measurements, in which case, you will need to call or email us for assistance.
As a convenience we are providing a direct link to our custom orders page and to the custom orders PDF. You may wish to bookmark these links to make them easy to find when you are on the job site or talking to a customer.
Once you have the quote and wish to place the order, you can order the same way as you would for a standard pet door. Choose the equivalent size pet door for the product you are ordering. Add it to your cart and then add a comment with the custom size information required for your order. Make sure you label your measurements with width and height and specify what type of measurement they are: rough opening, tip to tip, flap size, etc.
Of course, we will still be available to help you with any quotes you need by phone or by email but starting with the webpage and PDF may be an advantage. To fulfill state mandated COVID-19 regulations we are rotating staff, working from home or staying home with any symptoms as a precautionary measure. This may cause a significant delay in our response times due to the current backlog of orders and our high customer volume. We appreciate your business, patience, and understanding at this time and as we all go forward.
Due to COVID-19 our factory operations were temporarily interrupted. The Governor of Colorado has issued a new Safer at Home Order so Hale Pet Door’s manufacturing facility is reopening 4/27/2020 with extended hours and producing all orders from oldest to newest. Your order will be processed as quickly as possible in the order it is received. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to manufacture and ship out the backlog of orders.
Take care and stay healthy,
Hale Pet Door
Temporary Factory Closure for COVID-19 Safety
ALERT – In the interest of public health and pursuant to the Executive Order #D2020017 by the Governor of Colorado for a statewide Stay At Home Order, Hale Pet Door’s manufacturing plant is closed until April 27, 2020.
Our customer service staff is working from home and answering emails as quickly as possible. We do have some limited ability to answer phone calls but if you cannot get through right away, please be patient. For the best way to contact us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to you as promptly as possible
If you are placing an order, the office will process it promptly and fulfill them in the order we received them when the factory returns to work.
Stay safe & healthy,
Hale Pet Door
Hale Pet Door Updated Pricing and New Product Offering
As was previously announced through our dealer mailings, due to continually increasing prices for shipping, tariffs, materials, and labor, we are finally having to increase some of our product prices after 4 years. We have kept as many of our products as possible at the 2016 prices but others have increased between 7-10%.
To make this transition as easy as possible for our dealers we have provided five new price lists on our website on the dealer dashboard. The price lists are available as downloadable pdfs for your use. The five lists are as follows:
- Retail Door Pricing – the content of this list has also been streamlined and new categories added
- Retail Replacement Parts Pricing – again more categories have been added to this list to make it easier to find what you are looking for
- Retail Ramp Pricing
- Retail Kennel Door Pricing
- Custom Door Size Pricing
Please visit the info section of the dealer dashboard to read or download these files. Remember you have to be logged in with your dealer account to see the dashboard link.
Additionally, we are pleased to announce that due to numerous requests from our customers and our dealers, starting on January 1, 2020, we will be offering a new option when ordering replacement flaps.
When replacing flaps on a pet door, we recommend replacing all the weather stripping and magnets as well to maintain the high quality of the Hale Pet Door. However, at times customers do not want the weather stripping or magnets replaced for various reasons. Hence, many of our dealers have ended up with a small stockpile of magnets and weather stripping and do not need them sent with each order.
Therefore, beginning in 2020, we will offer two options for replacement flaps: Replacement Flap Kits and Replacement Flaps Only. The Flap Kits will continue to be sent out with all the weather stripping and magnets they have always contained while the Flaps Only option will not have the extra parts included.
The kits will be available through the quick order process on the home page and through their own product page on the website. The flaps only option will be available through the Replacement Parts section of the website. The flaps only option is also being offered at a reduced cost to our dealers and customers when compared to the complete flap kit.
We hope these two options will help you better assist your customers going forward and we wish you continued success in all your endeavors as we start a new year together.
Hale Pet Door offers new Products
We have some exciting product announcements for our dealers today.
Over the years we have seen the home improvement and pet door industry landscape change greatly. For example, sliding doors used to be mostly made of wood or aluminum – now they are usually vinyl or fiberglass. Screen doors used to always be smooth metal under ½” thick – now they are assorted shapes and many are over ½” thick, etc. To keep up with these changing conditions in customer’s homes and provide solutions for problems our dealers and customers encounter while installing pet doors, we have tried to improve or expand our product line over the years to where we now offer 10 different product models in 12 sizes with countless variations and options available.
To further that philosophy we are adding three new products to our existing line and we are releasing them to our dealers first.
The first product is fiberglass “people” doors. Many customers have beautiful old French doors they don’t want to cut into or an ornate, carved door that they would prefer not to use to install a pet door. In these and similar instances, you can replace the entire people door and install something more conducive to pet door installation. You can order the solid door, with or without a pet door installed. You can also order the door with a window lite in it. The lite can be ordered with or without blinds.
The second scenario we have seen more and more of lately is that our dealers cannot get glass from a local glass company with the cutout in it for pet door installation. We are offering two separate solutions for this.
The first option is to purchase the glass with the cutout directly from Hale and we will ship it to you for installation along with the pet door as usual. This is available in virtually any size and in either double or single pane glass. Pricing and shipping would need to be quoted for each order.
The other option for pet doors in glass doors is an “H” Bar. If you can get glass locally but they can only provide pieces without the cutout, this may be a good option for you. This allows you to order a large piece of glass for the top of the door and a smaller piece for the side of the pet door from the local glass suppliers. Using the “H” bar to connect the two pieces of glass, you can then install a pet door in the window or door as normal. The “H” Bar will come with a comp strip for the top of the pet door.
Please allow 2-3 weeks for the fiberglass door or the piece of glass. “H” bars and their hardware will ship in a similar manner to our screen stabilizer bars.
Please call 800-646-4773 or email email@example.com for more information including pricing and shipping quotes.
We look forward to growing and expanding even more with you through these exciting new products.
To your success!
Hale Pet Door
Hale Welcomes Dealers for Training
Hale Pet Door is proud of our dealer network and their service to our mutual customers and we are always striving to help our dealers grow and be successful. To that end, one of the opportunities we offer is hands on training at our manufacturing facility in Canon City, Colorado. Over the years we have had many dealers come visit us to learn about our pet doors in general, to get some ideas and training for starting a new pet door installation business, and to receive hands on training in many different types of pet door installations including through doors, walls and screens, and especially, in glass installations.
This week, we were happy to host Corey Doebber from Central MN Pet Doors & Solid Results K9, Nick Skog from Twin Cities Pet Doors & Underground Fencing, and Tim Flannigan from Rocky Mountain Dog Guard. Corey and Nick have both been Hale Pet Door dealers since 2016 while Tim is researching adding pet doors to his existing underground fencing business.
While here, they worked with the owner, Bill Hale, and trainer, Justin Dukes, for hands on training with a particular focus on in glass installation since they have quite a bit of experience with other pet door installation types. The training included a tour of the manufacturing facility and information about the production of all our models. We also covered measuring and installation of through the glass pet doors and other types of installs including replacing the people door and complete glass units with the pet door installed. There were lots of questions about our products and they were grateful to have their individual questions answered as well as covering general maintenance tips for all our products.
They were also able to work with the office staff and work on some procedures and technology issues to help their businesses run better. In addition, they were able to go on site with Kevin Zimmerly of Pikes Peak Pet Doors to view an in glass installation in a real life situation at a customer’s house.
All of this will help them better serve their customers and will help them reach their goal of becoming “certified” Hale Pet Door dealers and installers. What does that mean and what could it mean for you?
All dealers enter our network at the “authorized” level by signing some paperwork and taking some informational tests. They are listed on our website as an authorized dealer and customers can reach them through the information on our Hale’s website.
Being a “certified” dealer gives you a leg up on authorized dealers. You will be listed in a different section of the dealer list for your area above all the authorized dealers with a special icon denoting your status. We also provide you with a different logo that you can use on your advertising and marketing materials indicating that you are a certified dealer. This promotion actually helps you get more calls from customers in your area above those dealers who are simply “authorized”. Additionally, if desired, we can provide an optional website, email, and phone number for your business as a certified dealer.
By inviting our dealers to visit us and learn about our systems, our products and our installation, we hope we are helping send dealers out with the tools and knowledge needed to be more successful. We are very pleased to show any of our dealers just what we are about and why we have such a high level of pride in Hale Pet Door, our products, and our customer service.
So no matter what level of dealer you are in our program, we want to help you with what your needs are. If that involves hands on training for pet door installation, consider coming to visit us in Colorado and get the personalized attention and assistance you need. (And just a side note, while the rest of the country is in a polar vortex deep freeze, it is 50 degrees here, so you can come enjoy our wonderful weather and beautiful mountain scenery while you are here.)
Don’t Look Now But We Have A Holiday Gift For You
At Hale Pet Door, we greatly appreciate our dealers and realize all you do to help make our business a success. We couldn’t do it without you.
Therefore, as a token of our gratitude, we are offering FREE SHIPPING to our dealers this December. Normally our discounts cannot be combined but this discount will be in addition to your regular dealer discount.
This offer only applies to GROUND shipping and is only valid in the 48 contiguous states. And unfortunately, due to the size and variety of packages, we are not able to include ramps or security barriers in this offer. However, panels and window models are included which is an incredible value, especially on our oversize models. So if you have a customer who has been trying to decide whether or not to purchase, this may be the added incentive they need.
Again, we thank you for all you do and are looking forward to working with you for many more years.
The Management and Staff of Hale Pet Door
Join Hale Pet Door to Help Others this Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 and is a global day of giving. Celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, it kicks off the holiday season by giving back – to your community, to charities – by volunteering, gifting or donating money. Created to combat commercialism and powered by social media and your collaboration.
Hale Pet Door takes our charity work seriously and makes donations every week to pet rescues around the country. We have also participated in Giving Tuesday in the past and are happy to do so again this year. With so many natural disasters around the country and around the world, we decided to focus our donations this year on helping those affected.
Therefore, this coming Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Hale Pet Door will be donating 10% of our net sales to the Humane Society of Ventura County and the North Valley Animal Disaster Group to assist them as they help those affected by the horrible wildfires burning in California right now.
You can help by making any purchase on our website that day knowing that 10% of your purchase is going to those in need. This is in addition to any discount you are already entitled to. So if you have been waiting to place a stock order or know that you have some customers coming up who are thinking about a new pet door, place your order on Tuesday, November 27, to help add to the total donation we make. Together we can make a difference. #givingTuesday #HaleGives #HalePetDoorGives #GivingTuesday2018
Measuring the Customer’s Dog
We thought it was a good time to remind you that the beginning of a good install job starts with the dog(s). Bill regularly reminds customer service that we always need to start with the dog. Many people start with the location instead of their pets, causing them and you frustration when the location does not allow adequate space.
Customer service recently had a call from a customer that had a Bernese Mountain dog that had been using a Tall Medium size pet door for years and now wanted to get a larger size. Yes, her dog was older and having issues and not making it through the pet door very easily anymore. But it had gone through it just fine for years. We all cringed and felt for the dog.
At the same time customer service is overjoyed when a customer calls and wants to order a more than large enough pet door for their dog, so they are comfortable going through it.
In starting with the dog, you need their width. This is the widest point on the dog, usually the shoulders. Add 1-2 inches for safety and clearance. If the dog does not like the tape measure, open a door just wide enough for the dog to go through. Again add 1-2 inches to the measurement.
Next, you will need their height. Measure the dog from the floor to their withers (top of the shoulders). If they won’t stand still for the tape measure, stand next to them and mark the height on your leg. Add 1-2 inches to this measurement also. Keep in mind if the customer has more than 1 dog, you may need to make accommodations for all with a taller pet door. This allows the pet door to be installed lower for the short guys, but the tall guys still have clearance height in the pet door.
If you have to install the pet door higher off the floor, due to a tall baseboard, etc., let the customer know that for their dog they may need a step/ramp to make it easier for their dogs to use. If the customer has never had a pet door, they probably haven’t thought about it and are grateful for the advice.
Remember, you have knowledge, experience and training that gives you a unique perspective. Use it to advise customers wisely. Remember also, you are their dog’s advocate.
To Your Success!