Monday, August 27, 2012

Keeping your "guard dog" safe...

I always say I feel safe in my home because I have Astrea, she's my guard dog. At least she thinks she is. In reality, I know that aside from being a great alarm, there is only so much she can do and I have to do my part to make sure she, Ora and our home stay safe and happy.

So, how can you guard your guard dog? Check out this guest post from Select Home Security for a few tips on how to keep your house and your pets safe while you're away.

Among other things, we typically think of our canine companions as stalwart guardians when it comes to our home and our well-being. It’s no surprise, really. Dogs have been known to reduce the stress in any home, help children develop both socially and emotionally and are often highly attentive to changes in their environment.

They are man’s best friend in every sense of the term. That being said, have you ever stopped to think about how you could protect your home’s protector? A loyal dog will defend the home no matter what, but they can only do so much. This is still man’s world and if you have a canine in the home, you really ought to consider ways you can guard the guard dog – especially if you leave him or her indoors during the day.

Below are just a few ideas:

1. Invest in a home security system. Security systems like the ones you can get through sites like selecthomesecurity.com have advanced motion detectors. These can easily be programmed to recognize your dog’s shape and weight. This means you can leave your home security system going to provide extra protection for the pooch without worrying about him setting it off. This is key! Poor Astrea, on more than one occasion, has had the unfortunate luck of setting off the alarm system at my parents house. An alarm system is no good if you can't turn it on when you're away, so make sure have everything programmed properly for your pets!

2. Make sure you turn off the stove. We all make mistakes from time to time, especially during our daily rituals. Constantly doing the same thing over and over – turning on the coffeemaker, using the iron, making breakfast on the stove – it can all get pretty mindless sometimes. One thing you want to always remember to do is turn off those appliances and give them a chance to cool. You owe it to your dog to keep the house safe from fire.

3. Always make sure there is food and water. Even with central air conditioning, it can get a little hot and dry in the house – especially during the hotter months of the year. You need to make sure your dog has enough food and water to get them through the day. If you do that, then you’re guaranteed to come home to one healthy, happy and grateful dog.

And just remember, you may think of your dog as a guardian, but they need protection too. Make sure that you meet your dog halfway.

Thanks to selecthomesecurity.com for the tips!

19 comments:

  1. Those are some great tips. We left the stove on twice this summer. Oops. Luckily, Finn was pre-occupied with eating and not sniffing out that burning smell!

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  2. Good tips and we like the leaving out of food bit! Have a great Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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