Dogs are said to be man’s best friend. While this may be true, it is important to know that dogs are not man’s best security defense. Those facing home safety issues are often told to get a dog. A dog is supposed to provide one of the best security systems without the need for an alarm. While dogs may deter criminal activity, there truly aren’t your best bet in securing your home. Here are some reasons why you should leave home security to the experts, and not in the paws of your precious pooch.

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Reliability and Accuracy

While many dogs make fantastic guard dogs, they shouldn’t be relied upon solely as the way to keep your home and family safe. You’d like to believe that your “vicious” golden retriever will scare off burglars. And though barking may persuade them to skip your house, you shouldn’t count on it. “Most of us train dogs to be friendly to strangers,” says Frank Santamorena, an expert for the Discovery Channel’s burglary-prevention show, “It Takes a Thief.” Some thieves even bring dog biscuits. 

Even a well-trained guard dog cannot be relied upon 100% of the time. Like their human counterparts, dogs get sick, scared or injured. All of these factors can impact your pet’s ability to act as a security guard for your home and yard. (If you do decide to pursue this route, many companies offer pet insurance plans.) On the other hand, a professionally monitored home security system is not only reliable, but accurate. You can purchase monthly monitoring for as low as $19.99 a month at Protect America, and equipment is free! When it comes to security systems, technology does a better job by providing greater reliability.

Additionally, what happens to your “security dog” when you go out of town? Without anyone there to feed and care for your guard dog, he/she’ll have to be boarded. Without your guard dog around while you’re out of town – you have zero defense to your home in the most vulnerable time.

Pet Safety and Safety of Others

Trusting your beloved pet to keep your home and yard safe also puts the pet at risk. Just as you or a family member can be hurt in a home invasion, your pet can be injured as well. Most people who own guard dogs aren’t intentionally trying to put their pet in harm’s way. However, when a dog is used as the home security system, facing potential danger becomes a natural part of the process.

On the other hand, there could be some serious repercussions if your dog hurts someone because you’ve trained them to be aggressive. If your dog does end up harming another human, regardless of whether or not that person was in your home legally, you could be held liable for any injuries that person sustains.

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Maintenance

While getting a pet for enjoyment is one thing. Getting a dog for the sole purpose of home security is not a good option as far as maintenance goes. Home security systems often require a test-run once a month. Guard dogs on the other hand require food and water daily, bathing, veterinarian expenses, daily exercise, and grooming. Dogs are more than noise machines designed to keep crooks away. Dogs are companions. They’re an expensive investment for what you get in terms of security. Between vet costs, feeding, training, and more, dogs don’t produce nearly as much return as other security methods. That being said, having a dog as a loving member of the family does provide an enormous return on your investment. Home security is an added benefit, not the primary reason, for buying a dog.