Misconception: The Family Dog

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 in Misconceptions | 133 comments

We frequently hear…

“our visit dog is our security system”

True, a dog can possibly deter burglars, but it is not a replacement for a good security system.  A security system protects you, your family, and your assets from much more than just a burglar.  I’ll touch more on well-rounded security systems later… now let’s get back to the topic of dogs.

Mean, scary, frightening, ferocious, violent, unmerciful… guard dog/family pet!

The best advantage of a dog is that they will wake you up to suspicious noises inside and outside of your home.  Most victims of burglaries are chosen because they have made themselves an easy target.  Burglars try not to be seen or heard by their target or by neighbors, so a barking dog will attract attention.

ALTHOUGH, let’s just say, a few weeks ago, you put the empty boxes from Christmas presents(New TV, Playstation, Laptop, etc.) out on the curb all day for trash pickup.  Now, that burglar is targeting your house and will take extra risks to get into YOUR house and not your neighbor’s… plus, they know your neighbors probably are already accustomed to hearing your dog bark at squirrels during all hours of the day and night.  Outdoor motion activated lights are better at drawing attention than a dog barking inside a house.

What does your dog love most?  People food!  Most dogs will stop barking when presented with a handful of food.  Suddenly, the burglar(or burger) is your dog’s best friend!

When my uncle from out of town pulled into the driveway, I unlocked the door then returned to my seat on the couch.  Through the window, I motioned for my uncle to come in. When he opened the door, my 85lb. guard dog greeted someone he had never seen before like he was his long lost doggy daycare playmate, THEN walked out the door and into the front yard to relieve himself and take himself for a w-a-l-k.  So much for Cujo protecting us from a stranger coming through the front door at night…

Scenario A:  So, let’s say a burglar, rapist, whoever they are and whatever drugs they are on, kicks in your front door while you are home.  What are you and your dog going to do?  You may be somewhere in your house away from a phone, or you may not have time to get to the phone and dial it before that person gets to you.  Who is going to call the police?  You can’t, and not even Lassie could.  This is where a security system comes in handy.

Scenario B:  What if you aren’t home?  Our first priority is to always protect people before pets and assets, but no one likes the  feeling and stress of your home being violated or assets being taken.  Most residential burglaries happen during the day.  This is where a security system comes in handy.

If you have been to our office, I’m sure you’ve met our guard dogs: Molly & her Shadow.

In the end, we all love and treat our pets like family.  So why not protect them while you are gone? …not only from burglars, but from fire and carbon monoxide too… Don’t treat Fido like a canary in a coal mine.

Get a dog to bolster your security system, have fun playing, become a member of your family, and teach your kids responsibility.



A security system isn’t just about break-ins.  A well-designed security system becomes an essential part of your family’s well-being.

A security system protects your family and assets:

  • Burglary
  • Fire
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Water leaks
  • Temperature Sensors
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Light Control
  • Thermostat Control
  • Surveillance

Can your dog do all those things?

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