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A home security system can’t just protect you; it can protect your pet. If you’re not home, for example, a monitored smoke alarm can have the authorities respond in time to get your pets out safely.
And you can turn a security camera into a “pet cam” by aiming it at the crate or room where your pet stays while you’re gone, so you can keep an eye on them in real-time.
- What To Look For
- Best Systems For Pet Owners
- Comparison Table
- Where To Place Equipment
- How To Avoid False Alarms
We’ve created a list of items you should consider in a home security system if you have a dog or cat. We chose our rankings with these items in mind, in addition to customer service, equipment, technology, ease of use and value.
Motion sensors are common components for a typical home security configuration. The last thing you want is a flurry of false alarms because Fido keeps walking into the living room throughout the day.
Some security companies have pet sensitivity settings that allow you to adjust the motion sensor, so it doesn’t trigger if an object below a certain weight passes in front of it.
Glass Break Sensors & Door/Window Sensors
If your dog is larger than the pet sensitivity setting on a motion sensor allows (or it isn’t an option), you may want to opt for glass break sensors and door/window sensors instead. Unfortunately, this means buying more equipment, but it could save you the hassle of false alarms and the potential fines associated with them.
Glass break sensors will alert you if an intruder breaks the glass of a window or door within range of the sensor (typically about 20 feet). Meanwhile, the door/window sensors will notify you if a door or window is opened.
You shouldn’t have to worry about your dog triggering these unless he is known for busting through windows or opening doors to get outside.
If you have an indoor pet, you may want to keep an eye on him throughout the day, and you’re not alone! 56% of pet owners want to keep tabs on their pets when they’re away from home.1 Consider one with two-way audio, so you can hear and speak to him. (This is especially convenient if your dog suffers from anxiety.)
Look for a camera that’s motion-activated, so you only get notifications when Fido is within range. Bonus points if it can pan and tilt, so it can follow your dog throughout the room.
You could also skip having an indoor camera and use a dedicated pet camera instead. However, it would not provide the monitoring that a home security camera can offer.
If your pet is mainly outside or you have a doggy door that allows him to enter and exit your home as he pleases, an outdoor camera can help you keep tabs on him. Just check on the video feed to see him sunbathing or chasing a squirrel up a tree.You may not deem this necessary if your pet is inside only.
Smart Lights & Switches
Some pets experience anxiety when they’re in the dark or if it’s too quiet. A dog may find it relaxing to have the TV or radio on for a short period of time after you leave the house. You can use a smart switch to schedule your TV or radio to turn off after a specified interval (say 2 hours if you’re anticipating being gone about that long).
During the winter months, it’s commonly dark when you leave for work and when you arrive back home. Having some smart lights may soothe Fido by allowing the lights to be on for an hour (or until the sun rises/sets) after you leave for work in the morning and before you get home in the evening.
You may not deem this necessary if your pet is comfortable in the dark or without background noise. We consider this to be an optional item, but it may be worth considering if your dog experiences anxiety.
An Additional Anxiety Aid
Beyond these tips, your anxiety-ridden furry friend may benefit from CBD oil. Check with your vet before administering.
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Having your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms connected to your security system can help keep your animals safe while you’re away from home. All of the companies in our article offer connected smoke and CO alarms.
If fire or CO were detected in your home, the monitoring station would send the proper authorities and attempt to save your pets, just like what happened for this family.
We’ve chosen the best home security system for pet owners based on the size of your pet and your contract preferences.
Frontpoint is well-known for its cellular professional monitoring, reasonable prices and helpful customer service. We like that it has two monitoring stations to keep you covered in case one experiences any downtime.
You can self-install the system in an average size home in less than an hour and have a wide array of equipment to choose from. It has no contract requirements, which is a huge perk.
This is an excellent pick for those of you who have dogs less than 40 pounds. And, if your dog is bigger than that, we still recommend considering Frontpoint. We bet they will come up with a solution for your home and pet situation.
Below are the packages Frontpoint offers. You can also purchase additional sensors for an extra fee, which you’ll see listed next to the device. There is also a Build Your Own option, which is à la carte style. Add up the total of your selected equipment and that’s your equipment fee.
|Package Name||Safe Home Starter||Safe Home Everyday||Safe Home Select||Safe Home Preferred|
|Control Panel Hub ($249.98)||1||1||1||1|
|Door/Window Sensor ($19.99)||2||3||4||5|
|Motion Sensor ($29.99)||1||2||2||2|
|Glass Break Sensor ($44.99)||1||1|
|Smoke & Heat Sensor ($44.99)||1||1|
|Indoor Camera ($99.99)||1|
|Yard Sign ($3.99)||1||1||1||1|
|Window Decals 3-Pack ($3.99)||1||1||1||1|
|Door Stickers ($3.99)||1||1||1||1|
- Premium Indoor Camera $199.99 | Outdoor Camera $169.99 | Doorbell Camera $149.99
- Our sister site, Safe Smart Living, has dedicated an article to go more in-depth on the Frontpoint cameras.
- Touchscreen $119.99 | Keychain Remote $24.99 | Digital Doorbell Adapter $10.99
- Garage Door Tilt Sensor $24.99 | Garage Door Controller $74.99 | Recessed Door Sensor $39.99
- Smart Light Bulb $24.99 | Wireless Light Control $49.99 | Smart Door Lock $149.99
- Smart Thermostat $199.99 is coming soon (meanwhile, any Z-Wave thermostat will also work, as well as the Nest Thermostat)
- CO Sensor $69.99 | Flood Sensor $24.99 | Panic Pendant $19.99
|Price Per Month||$44.99||$49.99|
|Wireless & Cellular|
|Unique User Codes|
|Crash & Smash Protection|
|Remote Access & Control|
|Live Video Streaming|
|Video & Image History|
|Motion Triggered Alerts|
|Night Vision Enabled|
|Smart Lock Control|
Vivint’s 80-pound motion sensor sensitivity is a great option for those of you with larger breeds. Unfortunately, there are a few items that we aren’t stoked about.
Vivint’s customer service reputation is not as good as Frontpoint’s. This system also comes at a high price and a long contract requirement (3.5-5 human years). If you plan on having cameras, you’ll be forced to upgrade to the highest monitoring plan ($44.99 per month).
The control panel only has a 4-hour battery backup (whereas most competitors have 24 hours, which is safer in case of a power outage). Additionally, it only has a 120-day equipment warranty, which is extremely short compared to the competition (typically 1 year or longer).
Vivint is still a good option for pet parents though because it has 2 monitoring stations. It is known for its smart home equipment and features, but it does require a professional to install it, which you may or may not like.
Note that the equipment price is paid monthly until the equipment is paid off (total). It was difficult to find transparent Vivint pricing, so confirm before you purchase.
|SkyControl Starter Kit||Home Security System||Smart Home Control||Video Security||Smart Complete|
|Price Per Month (Total)||$10.00 ($599.99)||$11.83 ($709.98)||$17.50 ($1,049.95)||$23.00 ($1,379.95)||$29.83 ($1,789.92)|
|Garage Door Controller/Sensor|
|Smart Door Lock|
- Smart Drive $249.99
- Here’s a separate article that goes more in-depth on the Vivint Smart Drive.
- Recessed Door Sensor $34.99 | Tilt Sensor $34.99 | Glass Break Sensor $69.99 | Key Fob $34.99
- CO Detector $69.99 | Temperature/Flood Sensor $69.99 | Panic Pendant $34.99
|Smart Security||Smart Home||Smart Home Video|
|Price Per Month||$29.99||$39.99||$44.99|
|$49-$199 Installation Fee|
|24/7 Professional Monitoring|
|Entry, Smoke & CO Detection|
|Medical Pendant Support|
|Smart Home Integration|
|Live Video Feed|
|14 Days Storage Of 30-Second Clips For Up To 2 Cameras|
If you have more than 2 security cameras, you’ll have to pay an additional $5 per month for the camera monitoring (3 cameras = +$5/month, 4 cameras = +$10/month, etc.).
If contracts are off-putting to you, you’ll like SimpliSafe. There are no long-term contracts with this system, and the monitoring fee is reasonable. It has 6 monitoring stations and is self-installed, but it has higher equipment costs.
SimpliSafe was a bit late to the game with its indoor camera, but at last, it was released. Now they just need to come out with an outdoor camera to help those of you with outdoor pets. If cameras don’t matter to you, this is a good choice with its 50-pound motion sensor sensitivity.
Below is a sampling of SimpliSafe’s packages. Visit SimpliSafe’s website to see all packages available.
|Build Your Own||The Foundation||The Essentials||The Hearth||The Knox||The Haven|
|Number of Pieces||100 maximum||4||6||9||13||14|
|Glass Break Sensor||$34.99|
You can purchase a SimpliSafe security system without adding on a monitoring plan; however, the system is almost useless without monitoring. You won’t be able to monitor it yourself or be notified if a sensor is triggered unless you pay a monthly monitoring fee. The local alarm siren will still sound without monitoring.
|Price Per Month||$14.99||$24.99|
|24/7 Professional Monitoring|
|Unlimited Camera Recording|
All companies in the table below have motion-activated indoor cameras, glass break sensors, door/window sensors, smoke detectors and CO detectors.
|Dogs Less Than 40 lbs: Frontpoint||Dogs More Than 40 lbs: Vivint||Low Cost, No Contract: SimpliSafe||ADT||Link Interactive||Protect America|
|Motion Sensor Pet Sensitivity Weight||40 pounds||80 pounds||50 pounds||60 pounds||33 and 55 pounds||40 pounds|
|Indoor Camera w/ 2-Way Voice|
|Indoor Camera w/ Pan/Tilt|
|Smart Light Bulb|
Other Home Security Companies With Pet Features
Below are security companies that have equipment many pet parents want in a home security system. Although they weren’t one of our “best for” category winners, they may still be a good fit for you based on you and your pet’s unique needs.
ADT didn’t make our top picks because its indoor camera doesn’t have 2-way voice, which is a pretty basic feature. Many pet parents want the option to listen and talk to their dogs while they’re away and that’s not possible with ADT. The camera is also only 720p, so its resolution isn’t as clear as the competition.
ADT does have 60-pound motion sensor sensitivity, so if cameras don’t matter to you, it’s still a good option. A local authorized dealer professionally installs the system within 1-2 days in most cases.
Authorized Dealer vs DIY Installation
Professionally installed systems, like those provided by ADT, tend to be outsourced to local authorized dealers. This means your installation and customer service experience may vary greatly depending on your local ADT provider.
ADT requires a 3-year commitment, and it’s among the most expensive. Unfortunately, there are many customer service complaints regarding extra charges on bills, high-pressure sales, incomplete installations and more.
ADT has the most monitoring stations (10 in total). Also, ADT is easily available since authorized dealers are located in all 50 states and most cities. If you’re looking to get up and running quickly, ADT may be a good option for you.
Equipment options and monthly prices can vary depending on the ADT reseller you choose. The equipment and pricing we have listed below are from an authorized reseller we recommend. If you’re interested in ADT, use this link to get a custom quote for your home.
|Complete Monitoring||Premium Monitoring||Remote Monitoring with Command||Video Monitoring with Command||Video and Home Automation with Command|
|Price Per Month||$36.99||$44.99||$52.99||$58.99||$62.99|
|Free Security System|
|Door/Window & Motion Sensors Capable|
|Wireless Keychain Remote|
|Pet Sensitive Motion Detector|
|Remote Control w/ Cell Phone|
|Email & Test Alerts|
|Thermostat Control (added cost)|
|Garage Door Control (added cost)|
Link Interactive has similar offerings to Frontpoint. Unfortunately, its camera is missing 2-way voice, which we think is a pretty big miss. However, if cameras don’t matter to you, Link Interactive is a solid option.
Their monitoring is less expensive, and their systems are completely customizable. That means you only select the equipment you want and don’t pay for any unnecessary devices.
Link Interactive has 2 monitoring stations, all monitoring is cellular, self-installed and requires a 1, 2 or 3-year contract.
Unlike most home security companies, Link Interactive doesn’t have pricing plans that bundle equipment at a discount. You individually select the equipment you need and then select a corresponding monitoring plan. The advantage here is that you don’t have to pay for equipment you don’t need. It’s also easy to add on components later.
|Home Security Equipment||Home Security Equipment Price||Life Safety Equipment||Life Safety Equipment Price||Home Automation Equipment||Home Automation Equipment Price||Camera Equipment||Camera Equipment Price|
|IQ Panel 2||$331||Smoke/Heat/Freeze Detector||$66||Alarm.com Smart Thermostat||$118||Alarm.com Outdoor Camera||Not Listed|
|2GIG Go!Control Panel (Secondary Touchpad)||$138 or $251||CO Detector||$80||Kwikset Touchpad Deadbolt||$135||Alarm.com Indoor Camera||$140|
|IQ Panel 2 Plus Remote||$207||Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt||$204||Premium Indoor Camera||$280|
|Door/Window Sensor||$22||LifeMaster Garage Door Controller||$114||SkyBell Doorbell Camera||$167|
|Motion Sensor||$50||Smart LED Light Bulb||$22||SkyBell Slim Doorbell Camera||$177|
|Glass Break Sensor||$69||Lamp Module||$42||Onsite Video Recorder-1TB||$325|
|Outside Wireless Door/Gate Sensor||$61|
|Price Per Month||$30.99||$39.99||$44.99|
|Smoke, Fire, CO Detectors|
Protect America has low prices, 6 monitoring stations and self-installation. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the smart home features that companies like Vivint have, so you can’t accommodate your dog’s anxiety as easily.
However, if anxiety isn’t an issue for your dog, Protect America is an excellent choice for dogs under 40 pounds. A 3-year contract is required, and the cameras have 1080p resolution.
There are no installation fees, and you get up to $1,400 of wireless equipment free. Below are the monitoring packages and included equipment with each package. Unfortunately, Protect America doesn’t list all of its equipment prices, so we are unable to share some of that information with you at this time.
Note: If you want a security camera with Protect America, you must upgrade to broadband or cellular monitoring.
|Landline Monitoring Price/Month||$19.99||$37.99||$42.99|
|Broadband Monitoring Price/Month||$41.99||$49.99||$54.99|
|Cellular Monitoring Price/Month||$41.99||$49.99||$54.99|
Below is a list of additional equipment Protect America offers.
We’ve included the prices for equipment we were able to obtain prices for.
- Indoor $99.00
- Doorbell Camera $179.00
- Keychain Remote $49.00
- Glass Break Sensor $99.00
- Garage Door Sensor
- Recessed Door/Window Sensor
- Ion Plunger Recessed Door/Window Sensor
- Smoke Detector
- CO Detector
- Firefighter Sensor
- Water/Freeze Sensor
- Medical Alert Pendant
These products are available on Amazon and integrate with your existing Protect America system.
- Smart Door Locks
- August Smart Lock
- Kwikset 916 Touchscreen Deadbolt
- Yale Z-Wave Touchscreen Lock
- Kwikset 910 Push Button Deadbolt
- Yale Z-Wave Push Button Deadbolt
- Garage Door Controllers
- Linear Garage Door Controller
- Smart Plugs
- Smart Thermostats
- GoControl Z-Wave Thermostat
- Alarm.com Smart Thermostat
We recommend you read our home security installation guide on our sister site, Safe Smart Living. Also consider asking a professional from your security company about the best locations to install your sensors and equipment.
Each company is going to have its own suggestions on where and how to place sensors in your home. Some companies may recommend placing motion sensors upside down, while others advise against that. Correct placement will help prevent false alarms and keep your pets safer and more comfortable.
If you’re worried that your dog will set off false alarms in one specific room, you may want to consider purchasing a doggy gate. A dog gate can keep your pet out of a specific room, but still allow him to roam your home freely elsewhere.
What other home security concerns do you have for your pet?
Sources:  Frontpoint
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