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5 Helpful Ways To Use A Dog To Improve Your Home Security

Making your home more secure does not always mean you need to add more fancy technology—in fact, a great way to improve home security is by adopting a dog. While dogs are usually viewed as part of the family, for most of their domesticated history they were used to help during hunts and protect farms. If you want to improve the security of your home with the introduction of a dog, consider some of the following ideas.

Adopt a Breed with a Loud Bark

Since the bark is one of the most effective ways to deter criminals from breaking into your home, it is recommended that you choose a breed with a loud bark. Some good examples for large breeds include German shepherds, rottweilers, and Doberman pinschers. Small breeds with loud barks such as Chihuahuas and toy poodles are also options for households that want a smaller sized dog.

Prioritize Large Breeds for Extra Protection

While a small dog breed can still be quite loud, they may not be a good idea if you want the sight of your dog to be intimidating to potential burglars. Large breeds such as the ones listed above can help significantly in deterring potential break-ins and are also helpful if a break-in ever does occur.

Get Several Beware of Dog Signs

Another effective way to deter potential break-ins is by displaying a few 'Beware of Dog' signs. With one of these signs up, people will know right away that you have some protection at home. To help make the signs even more effective, make sure that a picture of your large dog breed is included on the sign.

Put One or Two Doghouses in Your Backyard

Another way to make it clear that you have a dog at your property is by adding a doghouse or two to the backyard. Even if your dog is not a fan of using the doghouse, it can demonstrate that you have dogs to help deter potential burglars.

Avoid Crating Your Dog at Nighttime

Crating your dog is a fairly common practice since it helps keep the dog controlled and out of the way in the evening. However, your dog will not be of much help if they are crated and your home is broken into. With your dog having free roam, they can alert you if they notice anything amiss when you are sleeping.

Adding security to your home with the addition of a dog is a smart idea that also provides a number of other great benefits associated with pets. If you are curious about how to make the most of adopting a dog to improve your home's security, focus on choosing the right breed and making it known that you have a guard dog.  

If you have more questions about home security, contact a company like Murrell Burglar Alarms.