Guard Dogs: An Effective Addition to Home Security?
For many years, a dog was seen as the forefront of home security. From individuals through to small businesses, many people had the statutory Doberman or German Shepherd patrolling their borders, ready to react should someone dare to break into their property. But in the modern world, does a guard dog still have a place within a security system? Read on to find out…
What Can a Guard Dog Do?
There’s a reason why dogs have been used for security for so long – they are effective when it comes to both prevention of crime and dealing with any intruders if they do break in. When it comes to the former – preventing crime – you have to look at the motivation of the potential thief. Most thieves are looking for easy targets, and a home with a large dog certainly doesn’t present this. Even simply having a “Beware of the Dog” sign will increase prevention considerably. You can’t choose any dog though, as most thieves aren’t going to be particularly concerned by a Chihuahua or Jack Russell – something a bit larger is needed!
Of course, not all intruders will be put off by a dog though, meaning that they will still try to break in. And if they do? They’ll find themselves face to face with a protective and potentially dangerous animal. Of course, there are many ways that the intelligent thief can distract a dog though, meaning that they must be very well trained in order to provide effective protection for you and your family…
How to Train Your Guard Dog
The absolute key to having an effective guard dog is good training – many people think that they have a guard dog to prevent all break-ins, but often find their performance to be severely lacking when it’s really needed. So, here are a few good tips to ensuring you train the best guard dog possible…
- Establish a relationship with your dog, with you as the master. This will make the dog more likely to respond to you in stressful situations, such as a break-in.
- Do not discourage barking. In fact, you should reward your dog whenever it barks when a stranger is approaching the property.
- Ensure that your dog understands the boundaries of your property, so that it can effectively protect them.
- Train the dog not to accept food from strangers. This can be tough, however it lessens the chance of them being distracted by burglars using this tactic.
- Use the services of a professional trainer if you want to train your dog how to effectively engage intruders physically. Do not attempt to train “attack” behaviors by yourself.
Why Also Use a Home Security System?
After you’ve read the above, you might wonder why a home security system is even needed if you have a guard dog. The fact is this though: you need one in order to make up for a dog’s limitations, as well as to back up its abilities.
Everyone knows that a home security system is a fantastic way to prevent intruders from targeting a home, as is a dog. Therefore, if you combine the two together, you have the most effective preventative solution available. Where a security system has an advantage though is in the fact that it is able to monitor every inch of a property simultaneously, and therefore provide intruders with concerns regardless of where they choose to enter. A dog can only be in one place at once.
Where a home security system is really needed though is when it comes to evidence collection. If someone does manage to break into your home, you are going to want to find them, aren’t you? Unfortunately, a dog won’t be able to give the police descriptions, however CCTV footage is the perfect way for police to get good leads.
So, a guard dog will prevent and tackle intruders, however it’s the security system that will catch them if they do decide to break-in. Don’t risk the security of your home and family: make sure you complement your guard dog with the most effective security system you can afford.