How to Integrate Pets into Your Home Security Efforts

There is often a knee-jerk reaction to something such as a burglary or a mugging in the neighborhood. The same goes if a neighbor’s home catches fire. The two most common reactions are to fortify your home with security equipment to give an early warning against everything from intruders to fire as well as a consideration to arm yourself to protect against something such as home invasions. Both require a commitment to a lifestyle change as well as specialized training. In these efforts, pet owners require special consideration.

Securing Your Pets at Home

Whether it is a fire or a home invasion, your pets are at risk just as much as your other family members. Pets and home security can go hand-in-hand. Affordable, state-of-the-art home security systems connected to 24-hour monitoring are available to immediately call for help during an emergency. These systems can call out for emergency help whether you are at home or away, and even if you are incapacitated. Adding Wi-Fi connected surveillance cameras allows you to not only see who is at the door or what made that noise outside, but they also allow you to monitor your pets while you are not home.

Training Pets to Respond to Emergencies

Dogs are the easiest to train, but even cats can be trained to go to a specific spot when the smoke detectors go off. Ideally, this would be to the most fire-protected spot in the house. If you utilize a pet door, you would train your pets to escape at the sound just the same as you and your family would do. Knowing in advance how your pets are likely to respond can protect you from having to decide whether to search for them after the rest of your family escapes. Unfortunately, the survival statistics are not good for those who go back into a burning home to rescue pets. Small pets, such as rodents, can be quickly placed in a transportation container kept in a specific spot next to their habitat. This may be a better choice than trying to convince a child to evacuate without them. Routine drills can test the efficacy of your plans.

Dog Security Training

Guard dogs run the gamut from the untrained pooch that barks at every noise to a highly trained Belgian Malinois. Any dog you own should be trained to come to you, sit and be quiet on command. This could prove to be extremely beneficial in emergency situations from a house fire to a burglary. If you have ever considered actual guard dog training for an existing dog or acquiring one to protect your family, you should be aware that owners and family members also have to be specially trained in the proper handling commands for the dog. Also, you should understand that guard dogs are not trained to be aggressive. They are trained to obey commands to do things such as watch, warn, bite and hold. Their training is actually accomplished through play and rewards. They do not know what to do as much as they follow direct commands to do something.

Pets are better included into your home security efforts if they are trained to go to a certain spot or escape if there is a fire. Also, the average home would find managing specially trained guard dogs for protection to be quite difficult to maintain. Dogs naturally bark at strange things, so the best training would be to get them to stop and come to you on command. Having a protocol in place to evacuate small animals within seconds can also be a help. Overall, every plan that includes your pets should minimize further risk to your family for any emergency.

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