Canine companions are some of the most versatile animals on the planet. Their use extends far from simply being a source of entertainment and friendship. Dogs are: helpers, hunters, therapy aids, assistants for those with hearing, vision, or mobility issues. Dogs are even sent with military and police to work by their side. It’s no wonder that dogs are helpful for home security.

Though some people believe that dogs can replace an entire home security system, this isn’t true (as we’ve covered previously). But dogs are sure to aid your home security efforts and provide some needed companionship along the way. Here’s how man’s best friend helps out man’s security:

They’ll Work as Eyes and Ears

Dogs will serve as the eyes and ears of a home. They oftentimes seem to have a sort of sixth sense, because they’re alert and sensitive to activity or changes in the environment long before humans are. (This is why dogs can be a signal for bad weather on its way.)

If your dog begins to hoot, howl or act strange, you’ll know something is up. This alert tool isn’t important only for you, but because a dog’s bark will let neighbors know that something is up.

Dogs Obey and Listen

An innate ability to recognize social hierarchy is built into dogs. They obey anyone they perceive to be the “master” of a social order. They’ve been used as far back as ancient Greece, Babylon, and Assyria as tools for personal protection and safety.

This means that a dog will obey and listen to you when you command it to do something. If you’re fortunate to have a dog who protects on instinct—many don’t—you’re the exception, not the rule.

Most dogs must be trained to attack. Once properly trained dogs will attack on command or if they perceive a threat. Attack dogs that are well trained are socialized, loyal, and obedient. They attack by command or if a threat is present.

Examples of attack dogs include German Shepherds, Belgian Sheepdogs, and Doberman Pinschers.

Capable of Work Humans Can’t Do

Like we mentioned in the first example, dogs can follow through with work that humans can’t. Their better senses allow them to see and hear threats, but dogs can also smell them out. It’s been reported that dogs have a 10,000 to 100,000 times more accurate ability to smell with human.

All senses aside, dogs are capable of providing comfort and well being to both children and adults that oftentimes a human counterpart can’t even do. Their ability and patience to help those with hearing or vision problems is invaluable for people across the globe.

Burglars See them as a Threat

The most important reason to have a dog in the home is because criminals see them as a threat. Burglars are less likely to target a home that has an animal. Animals will cause a commotion, and if a large animal is present, that means a burglar’s safety is in jeopardy. 

Large dogs are more likely to protect you and intimidate a burglar, but dogs of any size will be a benefit. If you do have a pooch, remember to place signs outside of the home to advertise that a dog is around. A looming “Beware of Dog” sign is a useful deterrent to keep a crook away.