Best Burglar Deterrent: Who’s Guarding Your Guard Dog?

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Guard dog looking over gate (caption: Best Burglar Deterrents) Uh oh, your next-door neighbor’s house just got broken into. Sound the alarm! You’re probably looking for ways to deter burglars, so your home isn’t the next target.

Ruh-roh (cue the Scooby-Doo voice), and you might be looking to your furry friend as a possible helper in this new security mission. But before you throw Fido in front of the gun (literally or figuratively), let’s take a step back and explore various ways to protect your home from burglary.

Guard Dogs Need Protecting Too

If you’re looking for a guard dog, several breeds will do an excellent job of protecting your home. From German Shepherds (a confident and obedient breed) to Rottweilers (smart and loyal, yet highly protective), these guard dogs can be quite a threat to potential intruders. However, if your dog a beloved family member (like mine is), you don’t want to put her at the forefront of your protection plans.

Let’s explore ways to protect your dog in the case of a break-in rather than putting them directly in harm’s way. Sure the dog can bark to scare away potential burglars, and they may even nip at the heels of an intruder, but an armed burglar is no match for your faithful companion.

Home Security Systems Are Your Best Form Of Defense

To protect your home, your family and your pet, it would be worth considering the installation of a home security system. Don’t worry. This doesn’t have to be as complicated as in days past. Pushy salespeople don’t have to come to your home, and no one needs to be scheduled during your work hours to install things mysteriously behind your walls.

You can install it yourself along with the help of a reputable national security company such as Frontpoint. They can walk you through the installation process on the phone. The systems use mostly wireless sensors, which makes it easy to do yourself.

Man holding smart phone with security camera footage on screen (caption: Best Home Security System For Pet Owners)They can also put special precautions in place since your pets may be home at times when your security system would be armed. Tell them if you have a pet, so they can set your system up correctly to protect your furry companion along with your home.

Or you can have it professionally installed by a company such as Vivint. We’ve compared the best home security systems for pet owners and encourage you to learn more about them.

So adding a home security system can kill two birds (no pun intended) with one stone:

  1. Your pet is protected from harm while you’re away since the presence of a security system deters burglars.
  2. Your home will be safer.

Bonus: In addition to a monitored alarm system, you also receive the peace of mind of early detection in the case of smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, flooding or other emergencies in your home (depending on the equipment you install). These allow you to react quickly and minimize any permanent damage while also keeping your dog safe from harm.

Neighborhood Watch

As a last precaution, don’t forget to get to know your neighbors. They are likely to be the ones who will notice first if something is wrong at your home. They can also help look after your home when you are on vacation or away at work.

And a good dog-loving neighbor may even be willing to pet sit for you while you’re away! Oh yeah, and receiving an invitation to their parties and barbecues is not a bad perk either. A trusted neighbor is a valuable gem, especially in today’s fast-paced world.

Burglar Deterrent Tips

So now that you’ve decided to get a family-friendly guard dog, to install a monitored home security system and to get to know your neighbors, those burglars had better watch out! But of course, there are more tips to deter burglars. Share your burglary prevention tips with your fellow readers so that they, too, can live a safer and happier life alongside their canine friends.

What’s your #1 tip for guarding your home?

The information contained in this article and website is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional safety advice; it is provided for educational purposes only.

About The Author:

Michelle holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and has worked in marketing at Bank of America, Mattel and Hanes. Her expert advice and opinions have appeared in many outstanding media outlets, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Forbes, People, Reader's Digest and Apartment Therapy, among others.

She is the proud co-founder of Canine Journal and a dog lover through and through. Since the day she was born, she has lived in a home full of dogs. Her adult home is no exception where she and her husband live with Lily and Barley, their two adorable rescue pups.

In addition to her love for snuggling with dogs, she also has enjoyed working professionally in the canine field since 1999 when she started her first dog-related job at a dog bakery.

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24/7 Home Security
January 9, 2015 11:51 am

It’s a great point to make that people shouldn’t rely totally on a dog for their security. Once you watch a few videos of simulated break-ins, you realize that without proper training most dogs don’t make very good guard dogs at all.