Many people considering installing a home security system like to weigh their options. Functionality, cost, hardware requirements. Some people end up reverting to the age-old, man’s best friend option: the family dog.
Dog’s, especially specific breeds built for patrolling and guarding private property, can be a great way to keep your home and the perimeter safe. Their heightened sense of hearing, smell and sight are like having a superhero at your disposal to ward off potential intruders. There are, however, some important pros and cons to consider when deciding which route you and your family should go.
Dogs and Security Systems: Pros and Cons
As mentioned, dogs can make both great companions and fantastic security systems. There are some considerations to keep in mind when opting for the canine security system.
Firstly, a pet dog and a dog specifically for security purposes are two very different things. Dogs bred and trained specifically to guard and protect, especially powerful breeds, can be less predictable and more prone to violence than your typical house dog. If you have small children and a 150 lb Rottweiler in the same space, you need to be aware of the potential for bites and accidents.
Secondly, an electronic and wireless security system can do things that dogs simply cannot do. It can precisely monitor entrances, detect motion and place calls to the authorities in the event of an attempted burglary. Dogs, however, with their heightened senses, can usually detect someone approaching your home or tampering with your door before an alarm system can.
Dogs also provide the physical threat to a potential intruder that an alarm system does not. Dogs, like any animal, also require sleep. This means that they are not on high alert 24 hours a day like an electronic security system is. There have been instances of dogs sleeping through home invasions or attempted intrusions.
Dogs also come with the added benefit of companionship and provide a “safety in numbers” advantage to your home defense strategy. They are loyal, fun, and loving members of the family. The added social benefit of having a dog, depending on your security requirements, can add to the peace of mind of having something hi-tech monitoring your home.
If security is your main goal, a dog, although certainly well equipped to provide some security, should not be your only line of defense. A dog, in combination with a home security system, will give you the physical threat component, along with the technological advantage and will give your home and your family the most comprehensive protection possible.