Home Security And Your Dog


4 ways that you and your four-legged family member are impacted by your security system

For most of us, our pets are more like family members than convenient companions. Their lovable personalities and frustrating bouts of mischievous behavior are as essential to our lives as the habits of any two-legged family member. And while your decision to invest in home security may have been driven primarily by a desire to protect your human family, your system also affects and protects your animals. Read on to learn how home security impacts you and your dog.


You’ll get the picture.

While you may not view them as threats, your younger pets can wreak havoc in your home before they’re properly trained. Chewing through clothing, ripping through couch cushions and leaving smelly surprises where you’d least expect them are the typical ways that many puppies make your house their home. But what if you could find a way to prevent them from completely leveling the place while you’re at work or school? With the help of a security camera, you can do just that. Today’s home security systems enable you to remotely monitor your pooch via a live video feed that you can access from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. That way, you’ll be able to get a handle on when and why your pup decides to wreak havoc, and take informed steps to curb his destructive behavior.


You’ll need to make sense of your sensors.

Picture it: It’s a normal, average day at work, and you get a call from the alarm company. Your system has been triggered. Considering that you’re not home and no one is supposed to be there, that must mean that someone is ransacking your home. You tell the dispatcher to send police to your home, and in a flood of panic and worry, you leave work and make a dash for your house. But when you meet the police there, everything looks fine — no signs of forced entry, nothing looks out of place. Then everyone realizes that you’ve got a doggy delinquent on your hands. Your pet caused a false alarm.

So how can you prevent mishaps like this? The good news is that you don’t have to get rid of your furry friend or your motion sensors. But you do need to be smart about where you position your sensors. If you have a pet:

  • Place your sensors high up — seven or eight feet — so that pets can’t get close to them.
  • Place sensors so that they aren’t pointing towards any pet-climbable areas that come within six feet of the sensor lens. Cats have a reputation for setting off alarms when they climb stairways and furniture.

Your dog is more likely to survive a fire or carbon monoxide emergency.

Chances are pretty high that you have traditional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. But if your pet is home alone when they go off, who will help him to safety? With today’s alarm systems that come equipped with advanced smoke, heat and CO monitors, worrying about pet safety in an emergency becomes a thing of the past. If any of these sensors are triggered, first responders are automatically dispatched to your house. You’ll also be alerted, and your pet has a much higher chance of surviving the emergency.


Your dog is less likely to be stolen or harmed by intruders.

Believe it or not, “petnapping” — the act of stealing a pet for ransom or resale, is much more common than you may think. Each year, about two million animals are stolen, with most incidents happening during home burglaries. Since the purebred dog trend spike of the early 2000s, dogs have become a coveted target for thieves. But with an alarm system, you stand a much stronger chance of preventing him from being kidnapped than if your home was left unprotected.

A quality security system not only secures your valuables, but also the people and pets that make your house a home.